Snow Sports


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

“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 masses have spoken and these are the 20 top-scoring resorts in the region, according to the 2022 ‘Ski’ Reader Resort Survey

40-plus testers spent four months testing the latest, greatest winter gear on ski hills, backcountry routes, and trails, and in our own home gyms and backyards

Only the very best makes it into print. But there are some pretty great runners-up you should know about, too.

Lenses and frames built for superior vision

Noteworthy rigs for everything from pow to hardpack

There were so many good boards this year that it was hard to pick just a few for print. Here are the others our testers loved.

These vests, fleeces, shells, and puffies came up just short of print inclusion—but they’re still worth your attention

This snow rocket was built for fun

Even the runner-up hikers from this year’s test are pretty great

Punch your ticket to all-mountain adventures

Testers like eight boots, but we only had room for six. Here’s an all-around boot and a women’s powder-chasing boot that almost made the cut.

In a lineup of touring packs, this boot bag and small daypack didn't make the cut, but they're still well worth your attention

No matter the temperature, these tops and bottoms kept us comfortable

The Altus MIPS won a Gear of the Year award in our 2021 Winter Buyer’s Guide: “Testers wore the Altus for multiple self-powered laps up southern Oregon’s Mount Ashland on a 50-degree afternoon, never wanted to take it off, and came away with dry hair,” we wrote.

Steep lines and jaw-dropping stunts stand out in the annual film series’ latest entry

Surfing in Baja. Summit-to-sea skiing in Alaska. Hiking in Death Valley. There’s no shortage of epic adventures to be had in winter. We’ve rounded up our favorite trips to make sure you get your fill of thrills.

A new Fast Tracks pass at four Powdr-owned resorts—Mount Bachelor, Killington, Copper, and Snowbird—is sparking anger and conversations about elitism

We spent three days testing more than 100 new models. This is the kit that helped us get through.

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.

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?

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

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…

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