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If you’re a skier who wants less cushioning, these are the socks for you. “Icebreaker’s take on the superthin ski sock features moisture-wicking merino wool, nylon, and Lycra,” wrote associate editor Abigail Barronian. “It has little cushioning to speak of, but it still feels substantial, striking a good balance…

What’s the best base layer top for women? Contributor Kassondra Cloos thinks it’s the Kari Traa Rose. “With a deep half-zip and thin side panels running from hip to wrist, the top also works in a wide range of temperatures,” she wrote. This version has a slim hood to…

With the right gear, mindset, creativity, and some science-based hacks, you don’t have to just survive this winter, you can thrive. Here’s how to embrace the cold all season long.

“Our favorite for uphill skiing or wearing under a large mitten, this glove has fleece on the back of the hand for warmth and a combination of polyester and goatskin in the palm for durabil­ity,” wrote our Buyer’s Guide tester. It’s one of the best deals we’ve…

The I/O Mag was a highlight of our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide. Testers particularly loved the easy-to-use lens-swap tech, which relies on sturdy, hassle-free magnets to lock the glass in place. “Best of all, there was no wind channeling or goofy lens dislocation,” we wrote.

This jacket was the best all-around midlayer in our year-long test. “Although it was designed for ski touring, the Zebru is ideal for any fast-paced winter activity where warmth and breathability are key,” our tester wrote. “This is the layer you put on in the morning, never…

The Colorado resort is just one of the many now charging for uphill access. Is this the new norm?

Columnist Jakob Schiller loves these shades with removable side panels that block glare: “If I’m on the skin track all day, my eyes feel significantly less fatigued when I get back to the car,” he wrote. “When I’m on the road, freeway driving in the sun and…

The access gate atop the Ninety-Nine 90 chairlift offered some of the easiest access to sidecountry terrain, which the resort argued was a big part of the problem

Professional skier Drew Petersen opens up about his struggles with suicidal thoughts—and explains why talking about it is key to addressing the mental health crisis

Designed to handle a variety of snow-filled excursions, the Environ is made with a three-layer, waterproof polyester shell that can take a beating. While the outer is plenty breathable, Stio added pit zips to dump heat for high-output activities, like grueling early-morning skins.

The phone rang and it was our 18-year-old, Hatcher, who apparently took a hard spill while ripping laps on Eldora Mountain. Or so we think: he’s OK now, but he still has no idea what really happened.

Unpacking an all-time Lee Cohen ski photo during a March storm in Alta, Utah

The Flexsteps are a Goldilocks option for winter foot traction. Its spikes aren’t too small, nor too deep, so they provide grip on most icy surfaces. They kept our reviews editor sturdy on frozen streets in Iceland, which is why we featured them in our 2020 Winter…

The legendary skier anoints a successor, Breezy Johnson, to the title she held for years

These gloves live in columnist Jakob Schiller’s car at all times. “The leather palm is tough enough for putting on chains or sawing wood but supple enough for riding a bike,” he wrote. “Wool on the back lets your hands breathe, and a wool lining inside keeps…

Outside’s ethics guru on whether we should prioritize uphill or downhill traffic in the backcountry

We included the Wakayama in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide roundup of the best gloves. “The cowhide outer is treated with aniline oil for water resistance, and the wool lining is woven into loops like terry cloth, forming air pockets that trap warmth,” our tester wrote. “The…

This pair of mitts is built with Gore-Tex and PrimaLoft Gold, which provide excellent waterproofing and warmth. “The exterior is a mix of stretchy soft shell and supple goatskin, making it the nimblest mitten we tested,” wrote Winter Buyer’s Guide tester Dave Cox.

“Mittens are great, until you need to fish something out of your pack,” wrote our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide tester Dave Cox. “That’s why we’re fans of the Maine Line, with its separate index finger for improved dexterity and no loss of warmth.”…

We included these gloves in our 2021 Winter Buyer’s Guide roundup of the best Nordic skiing gear. “Dexterity is key for efficient nordic technique. But off-piste, protection is, too,” wrote tester Marc Peruzzi. “With supple goat leather, offset finger seams, and windproof Gore-Tex, these Hestras deliver both.”…

The untold story of why a generation of dreamers abandoned promising lives to deliver pizza and chase their wildest powder dreams

Yukon’s Hammerhead Pro HD was the only logical choice for tackling Vermont’s famous Lincoln Gap Road

We gave these goggles a Gear of the Year award in our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide. “The optics are tack sharp, with (to our eyes) zero refraction or mirroring. We were able to pick up subtleties in the terrain while bombing a groomer at 40 mph,”…

How to stay fueled and warm on the slopes without looking like a total nerd

This toasty 650-fill puffy is one of our go-to layers for winter crag days: the two-way zipper allows you to flare out the hem over a harness for an easy belay. We prefer the Colter for less aerobic outings, but if you’re working up a sweat, it has pit zips…

Pups don’t need sunglasses, but certain dogs “could benefit from dog goggles, or Doggles, because of the decreased UV exposure,” contributor Jade Kolker explained in 2014. “They’ve become a regular fixture on family adventures when my dog sticks his head out the window on the way to…

When an avalanche killed Caroline Gleich’s brother, it didn’t end her pro skiing dreams. But it did change her approach to the mountains.

Two Yosemite locals just made the first summit-to-Valley ski descent of the iconic feature

It’s 2021. Let’s retire the cringeworthy label already.

The Baxter was the best street/slope crossover puffy in our 2021 Winter Buyer’s Guide. Our tester called this coat “Equal parts stylish, cozy, and technical.” Read our full review here.

In an uncommon skimo race in New Hampshire, two skiers climbed the equivalent of Mount Everest—twice

The desperate race to save a skier who disappeared under an avalanche

A new Snow Mode makes finding trails and parking lots easy, and the app helps you avoid avalanches, too

We featured the Force Dry DX in our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide page of the best gear care tools. “Slide your boots over the tubes, set the timer, and wake up to warm, moisture-free gear. Works with gloves, too,” wrote our tester.

When it was first released in 2010, we called the Snowshot “one of the least expensive jackets in our test but also a tester favorite.” The three-in-one design lets you wear a waterproof shell or insulated liner—or both together for really cold weather.

Microspikes can provide loads of confidence when moving across icy ground. That’s why we love these for winter running: “With ten carbide teeth per crampon, Nanospikes provide reliable grip on slick surfaces,” wrote tester Fritz Huber. “They easily attach to your shoes, thanks to stretchy thermoplastic straps.”…

Kari Traa’s base layers are specifically designed for women, by women, and the Rose pant is a perfect example of that. The pant uses playful, Nordic-inspired patterns that don’t feel overly girly. Plus, it’s made from 100% merino wool that wicks moisture, dries quickly, and resists odor.

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