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A fatal avalanche near Hoosier Pass, Colorado, is a reminder that dangerous slides can occur on gentle terrain

You can blame the usual suspects: the crazy cost of mountain-town housing, the corporatization of the ski industry, the Man. Or dare to believe that our hero lives on.

Whether you’re looking to take up classic skiing or skate skiing, the U.S. gold medalist has some words of wisdom for beginners. Consider this your introductory primer to one of the season’s most fun and affordable sports.

Go sledding, slow cook a hearty stew, sip on a rich cup of hot cocoa. Just because the days are shorter and colder doesn’t have to mean they’re any less fun.

We only have room for two powder skis in our print issue, but there are so many more worth your consideration

From Lake Placid to Cordova and some select places in between, here’s our (highly subjective) list of the nation’s best mountain towns. Before telling us where we went wrong, please take a moment to acknowledge the courage and gall it takes to attempt such an impossible feat.

A day out on the slopes doesn’t have to be wildly expensive. You just need to know where and when to go.

The beloved winter pastime has long been a massive polluter. Canadian startup Taiga Motors set out to transform the industry into something more environmentally friendly—and the big manufacturers are getting onboard.

Beta’s ‘Outliers: Sage Kotsenberg,’ which premiered at the Beta Film Festival last month, follows Kotsenberg and his fellow pro-snowboarding friends as they take to the biking trails around Park City

From expanded resort acreage to turbocharged lifts, we tracked down all the ways you can make this winter your best ever

The new film tells the story of the man behind Burton, who helped create the culture and community of snowboarding

Europe has always had something America doesn’t: an Alpine ski route ­connecting a network of full-service, premium lodges. That’s about to change, as San Juan Mountain Guides in Ouray, Colorado, launches the ultimate hut-to-hut tour in a stunning setting. We sent Devon O’Neil to check it out.

How do we decide which snowboards earn coveted slots in our Winter Buyer’s Guide? Take a virtual tram lap with a few of our Utah testers.

Climber Marc-André Leclerc may not have craved the spotlight, but his feats in alpine free soloing certainly warranted attention

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…

In her new film, ‘Boots Over Brim,’ from Sweetgrass Productions and Field Work, Engerbretson melds her two loves: western dancing and skiing

These are the products worth snagging at REI’s Holiday Warm Up Sale, which lasts now through December 20.

Our testers gave these products their stamp of approval

New research places a short timeline on the future of snow across the western United States

We included the Avant in our Winter Buyer’s Guide roundup of the best tailgating gear of 2022. “This jacket’s synthetic fill ­replicates the warmth-to-weight ratio of real feathers,” our tester wrote. “It’s also 75 percent recycled, and it kept us warm down to 15 degrees but weighs just over…

Solitude, southeast of Salt Lake City, may first appear like a sleepy mountain resort with ample groomers. But it’s so much more.

Glenn McConkey raised one of freeskiing’s greatest icons. Now a Utah estate lawyer has pleaded guilty to taking millions of her dollars.

Only two pairs made the cut for print, but there are many more you should know about

A transceiver, shovel, and probe have long been considered nonnegotiable. Airbags should be, too.

The film will premiere for general audiences this spring, marking the 40th anniversary of the tragedy

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…

We featured the Recon LT beacon in our Winter Buyer’s Guide roundup of the best snow safety gear. “The device’s ergonomic shape and low-profile harness make it comfortable to wear and easy to forget about until you need it, and the advertised 50-meter range held up during tests in…

Our Gear Guy considers the Fall Line the best and most reliable pair of ski gloves. “No other piece of gear in my ski kit sees more use than the Fall Line,” he wrote. “After all these years, the reason I love them is simple: they’re the right tool…

Entrepreneurs from Amalgam Skis and Winterstick Snowboards take us on a tour of what sets Maine apart in both skiing and community

Snowmaking efforts intensify amid dry holiday weekend, triathlon’s first Black female pro, and a wipeout for the ages

“The Ranger is one of those rare pieces of gear that can go from the bunny slope to backcountry hot laps, and from T-shirt weather to blizzard conditions, without compromise,” wrote Outside’s Gear Guy, Joe Jackson, in our 2022 Winter Buyer’s Guide roundup of the best new bibs and…

We gave the Prime a Gear of the Year award in our 2022 Winter Buyer’s Guide. The lens tint “punches up colors across the spectrum while retaining a natural balance with enhanced contrast and depth. The resulting view is truly amazing,” wrote our tester. “We also love the featherweight…

“For stop-and-go activities in the alpine, the K3-Dasche is your steadfast companion,” wrote gear director Will Taylor in our 2022 Winter Buyer’s Guide. “Fully recycled synthetic insulation in the torso and arms keeps you warm where you need it, while thin four-way-stretch soft shell everywhere else dumps heat.”…

“On a warm late-season ski tour, the Amie Ankle pants felt like a stretchy, silky second skin,” wrote Buyer’s Guide tester Maren Larsen. “They vent heat easily on sunny uphills but still kept testers’ legs from going numb on the descent.”…

Don’t let your old stuff gather dust or go to the landfill. Put it to work doing good.

The results are in, and these are the region’s 20 top-scoring resorts, according to the 2022 ‘Ski’ Reader Resort Survey

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