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A Love Letter to La Grave

A Love Letter to La Grave
La Grave Telepherique
Once in a lifetime, you find your perfect (mountain town) match.

After 25 hours of traveling across Europe and a cold, sleepless night on the floor of the Milan Central train station, I landed in La Grave, France late last January. It was early evening as I rolled down La Grave’s main drag. The town was quiet and mostly closed, save for the low din of guffaws coming from the Le Bois des Fees bar. Though the Meije, the 13,068-foot peak that overlooks the valley, was obscured by clouds and darkness, I could sense that it was there, somewhere above me. It had the gravitational pull of the moon and had drawn me, over many years and miles, into its orbit.

Bridger Bowl, Mont.

Travel

This small but mighty skier's mountain savors itspast as it carefully plots its future.

Coombs Honored by Jackson Hole

People

Following the tragic death of legendary skier and mountaineer Doug Coombs in Europe last spring, many fellow skiers struggled to come to terms with the loss.

Video: Doug Coombs, 1958-2006

Features

A brief look back on the legend's life.

Are You Good Enough...to Call Yourself an Expert?

Features

So you made it down the hill. That alone doesn't make you an expert.

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