Big mountain skiing doesn't shut down with the resorts. In fact, thanks to safer snowpacks and longer days, it's just getting going. To inspire you to fire up your quads and join the ski mountaineering club, we've mapped out three starter peaks with whopper-sized vertical drops (try 7,400 feet), tested the latest alpine touring gear, and distilled pinpointed advice from pro alpinists Hilaree O'Neill, Andrew McLean, and Alison Gannett. Whatever else you need to get going can be found in Doug Coombs's overstuffed pack (which we deconstruct on pages 70 and 71) and the nation's top climbing schools (page 68). That's everything but the lungpower—can't help you there.
Skiers know what they want in a ski resort, and that's why we collected more than 21,000 surveys from readers who ranked their favorites. Here's what they said.
Three peaks above a cozy British Columbia town offer killer terrain for skiers more focused on the family than the flask.
Where funny and informative collide every other week, all season long.
Joins us for parts 1 and 2 of a 7-part video tour of our slopes with resort ambassador and three-time Olympian Heidi Voelker.
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This underappreciated little hill with the big attitude will surprise you. In a good way.
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