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.
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Time to revisit these ski-town lodges, where recent renovations mean things don’t look quite like they used to.
Former ski resort mogul Les Otten offers a peek at his latest project and his big plans for the Dixville Notch resort.
Now it has some of the East’s most lavish slopeside amenities. But to those who know it best, it’s still the hill that has no peer.
Get off the groomers and discover this luxury resort’s untapped expert terrain. The best part: You’ll have earned that cookie at the end of the day.
The Stowe Derby began as a bet between two guys. Seventy years later, it’s one of Stowe’s signature winter events.
Colorado's Copper Mountain Resort is poised to win the hearts of a new generation of skiers by giving them what they really want: a kick-ass mountain.
More then 500 inches of champagne powder blanket Utah's slopes each year, see how 6 Utah locals ski the The Greatest Snow on Earth.
Pro skier and two-time Olympic medalist Andrew Weibrecht skied with campers at Double H Ranch’s Adaptive Winter Sports Program.
In Alpine Meadows' Pacific Crest North Bowls, a little bit of effort leads to unlimited—and untracked—rewards.