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Go Deep: Suiting Up


Snow has a sneaky way of entering any open area in your clothing; therefore powder skiing requires particular attention to how you dress.

Go Deep: Powder Purest

There's a reason Utah's snow is envied all around the world, and if you're lucky, the Wasatch Powderbird Guides will show you the light.

Published: December 2004

Leave it to me to book a ski trip right at the end of the weirdest three weeks of early March weather that anyone in Utah can recall. It's been intensely warm for days, with temperatures climbing well past 70 in Salt Lake City. The Wasatch Mountain snowpack has been rendered an unsafe mush, and when it's not, high winds and poor visibility make it unsafe to fly. The Wasatch Powerbirds have been doing very little flying lately.

Go Deep


Call in sick, unplug the phone, start making excuses: It's a powder day. Here's the next best thing to a February storm: Instruction tips, gear advice, weather wisdom and profiles of three special places-all near major U.S. Resorts-where you won't have to share. The excuses, we're afraid, are up to you.

Weather Wise: Powder Female


Despite their simple styling, Helly Hansen's Crystalline Jacket ($400) and Icicle pants ($125) are deceptively technical and primed for powder.

Monashee Lodge

CMH's new Monashee Lodge in Mica Creek, B.C., offers heliskiers pure backcountry bliss amid spectacular terrain.

Why We Ski: Face Shots


You don't just happen upon a powder day. You live for it, wait for it and, when it arrives, hustle for it.

Mass. Breakout

Travel East

When urban life feels like a prison, enter-prising Bostonians escape to Wachusett, New England's biggest little ski hill.

A Bum's Life


I worry about the vanishing ski bum. Resort housing is scarce, rents are high, the cost of living is off the charts. Bums, by definition, have to live on the cheap, on the borders of the economy.

Ratings Retort


Let me say right off the top that the readers are almost always right. Blessed with the opportunity to read pages and pages of their unexpurgated remarks, I must confess that their accolades and reservations seem spot on.

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