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Travel Ideas

How to Ski Vail’s Sun Down Bowl

Take a few spins in one of Vail’s most intimidating Back Bowls.

Terrain » Don’t expect any groomed terrain; Sun Down Bowl is an advanced skier’s stomping ground. While most of the bowl is wide open, the west side serves up fun trees and cliff drops. There are also some gullies separating trails. Warning: They look far shallower than they actually are, so be careful trying to cross them. You might end up bib-deep in powder.

Old Town, New Tricks

Old Town, New Tricks
Park City Chamber Naive Main Photo
As Park City, Utah redefines itself in a new age, we get a local perspective on how the town has changed for the better.

As I walk along Park City’s Historic Main Street with its high-end boutiques, award-winning eateries and authentic western saloons (in the shadow of two world-class ski resorts, I might add) it’s hard to imagine this bustling ski town as the struggling silver mining community it was just five decades ago. But a small town it was, and that charm has stayed; albeit with a few more things going on than the miners were used to.

Why You Should Ski Solitude Mountain Resort

What happens when Deer Valley chic meets Solitude soul? Find out this season.
 (Photo: Jay Dash)

It’s not often that my nine-year-old son is driven to poetry. But our final run from

The Great Backcountry Experiment

One skier’s ambitious plan to take his entire family, including his over-the-hill parents, on their very first hut trip.
 The author, Kevin Luby, finds great snow near the Shrine Mountain Inn. (Photo: Keri Bascetta)

Clack...clack...clack. I hear their Marker touring bindings slapping through the pines well before I see them. Their plodding yet determined racket means only one thing. They’re still moving.

Powder Shots and Family Ties

Raising a family and building a ski area are tough jobs—especially at the same time. The Pitchers pulled it off at Colorado’s powder keg, Wolf Creek.
 Skiers hike up aptly named Knife Ridge from the summit of the Alberta quad to cash in on big vert and big powder. (Photo: Courtesy Wolf Creek Ski Area/Scott DW Smith)

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