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Sidetracks: Ice Climbing in Alberta

Trade skis for crampons and hike into an ice spire cathedral near the slopes of Alberta’s Lake Louise.

I strap nailhead-studded crampons called Icers over the soles of my winter boots and wonder just what I’ve gotten myself into. Others had raved about river-carved ice castles in Johnston Canyon, a notch in Banff National Park’s craggy peaks, so I’d signed up for a half-day hike as a midweek diversion for muscles weary from skiing Norquay, Sunshine and Lake Louise. Looking at the terrain ahead, though, I’m not sure how much of a break my weary muscles will get.

Okemo Kicks Off the New Year With Ways to Save


Skiers and snowboarders visiting Okemo in January can ring in the New Year with a little extra jingle in their pockets. January 2008 is chock full of special lift ticket offers.

Father, Daughter Ski Australia on Way to World Record


Ken White and his daughter, Victoria, ski their fourth continent on their way to all seven, breaking the current World Record.

Little Gem: SIGNPOST

Travel East

Here are some suggestions for skiing, staying and dining at Stoneham.

Les Arcs France: Signpost


Try these suggestions for lodging, dining and skiing at Paradiski.

2003 Number 27 Resort in North America: Alta, Utah


Alta's unassailable charms are snow (abundant and as dry as the perfect martini), terrain (wide-open flanks punctuated with butt-clenching steeps) and value ($40 a day), categories it is accustomed to dominating in the annual rankings.

2003 Number 5 Resort in the Midwest: Big Powderhorn, Mich.


When Midwesterners decide to "supersize" their skiing, they head to Big Powderhorn in Michigan's western U.P. Big Powderhorn presents skiing on a grand scale that few other resorts in the region can match.

Ski Pac: White Pass Essentials


What you need to know about white Pass.

NSAA Resport on Skiing/Snowboarding Safety


Facts about skier safety, as contrasted to other outdoor sports and other activities.

"Winter Meets Summer" This June at Snowmass


Ski and Snowboard in June with the Camp Aspen/Snowmass Instructional Camp and weekend skiing/riding on the Velvet Falls Glacier at Snowmass

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