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Mountain Culture

Masters of the Curve

Masters of the Curve, Volvo S60
Masters of the Curve, Volvo S60
Inspired by rally cars, some small and sporty rides turn the heat up on winter driving.

If you are one of those people who enjoy driving in the snow—like, a whole lot—the automotive industry is sending you a big hug these days. Increasingly there are high-performance options that can make your trip to the lifts seem like a scene out of Fast & Furious, even in a foot of fresh.

Taken for a Ride

Taken for a Ride | Remembering old ski trips.
Taken for a Ride | Remembering old ski trips. (Illustration: Matt Wood)
It meant eight hours on the road to get seven hours on the hill.

One night when I was 12 years old my father walked into my room, shook me awake, and said it was time. It was 4:30 a.m. The bus would be leaving soon. I dressed myself quietly in the dark, grabbed my rental skis, and followed him into the damp mid-Atlantic night.

We lived in the small town of Salisbury, Md., which is so flat that
the biggest hill is an overpass. It rarely snowed. As a result, I had so little idea of what skiing was about that I can still recall my father explaining this exotic sport to me in our den. I was 10.

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