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[ Tue, 2010-06-22 13:57 ]
Under Armour Performance Mouthpiece
The claim: A small, custom-molded plastic mouthguard can make you a stronger, more powerful skier. SKI Magazine's fitness editor puts the device to the test.

After years as a fitness and gear editor, my gimmick meter is finely tuned. I've read and listened to countless product pitches that make wild and improbable claims, and I've become pretty good at sussing out the legit from the ludicrous.

[ Thu, 2010-06-17 12:05 ]
Few things are better than an apres-ski massage, but here's the rub: It might not be as good for your sore muscles as you thought.

Muscle pain and skiing often go hand in hand. Lucky for us, so do spas and ski resorts. After a long day on the slopes, you needn't look far for a relaxing, rejuvenating spa treatment. And while there's no denying a full-body massage feels good, new research suggests it might not do for your body what you've always thought.

[ Wed, 2010-06-16 17:56 ]
Big Wave Skiing
Salomon athletes Townsend and Douglas notch first descents on Maui breakers—and almost look good doing it.

Skiers have long wondered what to do with themselves in the summer months. Well, this caught our eye.

Cody Townsend and Mike Douglas (the, uh, “godfather of freeskiing”) have combined their loves and skiing and surfing to create something altogether new: wave-skiing. Makes you wonder why no one’s ever tried it before.

[ Tue, 2010-06-15 13:40 ]
summer skiing
Give Dad a rare gift this Sunday: a ski day in June.

It’s the middle of June and, for most people, ski season has been overtaken by warm weather and summer fun. But for the residents living on Vancouver Island up in British Columbia, Mount Washington is giving them one last shot at getting some turns in on the white stuff. Due to an unseasonably wet and cool spring, the Mount Washington Alpine Resort has enough snow to re-open one run, Linton’s Loop, for the Father’s day weekend this Saturday and Sunday.

[ Fri, 2010-06-11 15:14 ]
Kids Ski Free
Lessons, a new addition to Colorado Ski Country's Passport program which provides three days of free skiing at each participating CSCUSA member resort, will be given throughout January as part of Learn to Ski and Snowboard month.

Colorado fifth graders now not only can ski for free, but they can take a free lesson, too. Colorado Ski Country announced the new addition to the existing 5th Grade Passport program, which provides the state's fifth graders with three free days of skiing at participating resort, yesterday during its 47th annual meeting. The lessons will be given throughout January as part of Learn to Ski and Snowboard month.

[ Wed, 2010-06-09 16:47 ]
Skier Halfpipe
Women’s jumping, ski halfpipe and two more snowboard competitions recommended for inclusion at Sochi. A chance for skiers to one-up the snowboarders?

We know it’s a big deal that the FIS will recommend women’s ski jumping for inclusion in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, but we can’t help being more excited about the possible inclusion of both men’s and women’s ski halfpipe.

It’s not a done deal yet by any means, but at its 2010 meeting in Antalya, Turkey, the International Ski Congress of the FIS voted this week to formally recommend to the International Olympic Committee that women’s ski jumping and both men’s and women’s ski halfpipe be included in the 2014 games, along with snowboard slopestyle and team snowboardcross.

[ Wed, 2010-06-09 15:48 ]
Food & Wine Classic
Food & Wine magazine's annual festival features the culinary geniuses of our time.

Every Friday’s schedule should look as good as June 18th’s kick-off to the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colo. Here's just a sampling of what festival goers, wandering through tents in downtown Aspen, Maroon Bells in the background, can pencil in.

10 a.m.–10:45 a.m.: Two Decades of Dom Perignon

10:45 a.m.–11:30 a.m.: Grand Tasting

2 p.m.–2:45 p.m.: French Wine and Cheeses: Perfect Pairs

3:30 p.m.–4:15 p.m.: Best of Ligurian Cooking

4:30 p.m.–6:15: Grand Tasting

[ Tue, 2010-06-08 14:25 ]
Colorful Vegetables
To get yourself ready for the white stuff this winter, get healthy and stay fit by adding a little color to your diet.

Do you remember when your parents used to hound you to eat your vegetables "so you can grow up big and strong”? Well it turns out they might have been onto something. There is a growing group of people that have looked to colorful fruits and vegetables as the main source of their diet. These nutritarians, as they’ve coined themselves, focus on the vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that many fruits and vegetables are known to contain. Their mantra? Eat the rainbow.

[ Mon, 2010-06-07 14:01 ]
CrossFit: Back to Work
SKI Mag sends a blogger, Hillary Rosner, to do our dirty work: Get in shape. She joins a CrossFit gym, which is reputed to be the best—and most brutal—way to get strong fast. It's painful, but now Rosner has more employment brick layer. Or jackhammerer. Or contestant on that reality TV show where they pull trucks of cement. This week she marvels at how far she's come.

The first day I walked into a crossfit gym, an absurdly ripped girl was doing pull-ups. She finished up whatever outrageous number was required for that day’s workout, and then offered to demonstrate for me the art of kipping—a move that lets you use momentum and whole body strength, instead of just your arms, to do each pull-up. Despite the fact that she should’ve already been tired, she went right back at it, swinging her body and pulling her head above the bar, over and over, without appearing the slightest bit winded.

[ Thu, 2010-06-03 17:16 ]
Ted Ligety charges the Super G course during a FIS Birds of Prey race in Beaver Creek, Colo.
Despite stiff competition from several European venues, the Colorado sister resorts will host ski racing's biggest event for the third time in 26 years.

The International Ski Federation announced today that it had selected Vail and Beaver Creek to host the men's and women's World Alpine Ski Championships in 2015.

The FIS ruling council selected the North American venues over Cortina, Italy, and St. Moritz, Switzerland, thus denying Europe its eighth consecutive Championships.