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Mountain Culture

Tuned Out? Or Tuned In?

What do you do when you realize that the social sport you love isn’t so social?

It was about five minutes into a 12-minute lift ride when I recognized the strangeness of the situation. Second from the left on
a quad, I was listening to music piped wirelessly from my phone to my helmet speakers, while three strangers—all seated within inches of me and one another—each listened to his own virtual concert, wrapped in an audio cocoon. None of us had spoken a word. We faced forward, isolated by goggles and helmets and digital silos. Two of my chairmates gently bobbed their heads in uncoordinated rhythm to inaudible beats.

2015 Top Ski Towns: Telluride, Colorado

Once the first chairlift started spinning in 1972, Telluride became the ultimate ski town. And that’s one reason we love it.

Back in the day, Telluride produced over $60 million of gold, silver, zinc, copper, and lead. Though the last gold was extracted decades ago, it seems wherever you go in Telluride, mining still gets in your face. Riding the gondola, one can scan east to west from the ginormous, treacherously toxic tailings pile to the pickax-stuffed museum in town. Me, I’m over the mining heritage. In the end, it’s just a bunch of rusted metal.

2015 Top Ski Towns: Aspen, Colorado

Ski bums of all ages may be working three jobs to pay their way in this pricey resort town, but on a powder morning, you’ll find them in the Aspen gondola line.

Aspen. It’s one of the most riffed-on ski towns out there. From Aspen Extreme to Dumb and Dumber, Us Weekly to The New York Times, the widespread image of Aspen is a glitzy celebrity playground, where the billionaires pushed out the millionaires and where no regular Joe could possibly afford to live.

At Play Off the Slopes

At Play Off the Slopes
Deer Valley Content Hub Off Hill Activities
From old-fashioned horse-pulled sleigh rides to Ski-Doo–powered snowmobile trips over virgin powder, there’s more to do at Deer Valley than ski. If it happens on the snow, it happens here.

Sure, our 2,026 acres of ski terrain will keep you busy, but failing to enjoy some of Deer Valley’s off-slope adventures is to miss the true magic of the ski vacation experience.

Dog Sledding

Release your inner musher and take the reins on a dog sledding trip in the Wasatch and Uinta mountain ranges. Children welcome. 

 

Nastar

Get your race on with NASTAR on the resort’s Bald Mountain course, open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Legal Weed in Vermont? Governor Announces Qualified Support

As skiers wait for snow, Legislature tackles burning issue.

The après beer is so much a part of skiing. But which resort will be the first to feature a slopeside marijuana lounge?

That might still be hard to imagine, but another ski state, Vermont, may soon join Colorado and Washington in making the sale of pot legal.

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin announced his qualified support for legalization in his State of the State address last week. And the state’s Legislature will take up the issue as it embarks on a new session.

DPS's The Shadow Campaign: Volume II

From Japanese storms to old-world Alps exploration, DPS finds the goods in its ski-film shorts series "The Shadow Campaign: Volume II."

This year, DPS returns in the second Cinematic series as they ski in Japan, Italy, and Switzerland. The dream is chasing deep storms, and 2015 delivered as the skiers find cold, relentless Hokkaido storms, and old-world Alps exploration. And this year, Stephan Drake, Santi Guzman, Olof Larsson, and Piers Solomon join forces for timeless pow-riding magic.

DPS is releasing a short ski film every four weeks starting September 22. And we'll have them all right here.

2015 Top Ski Towns: Jackson, Wyoming

The town of Jackson is known for its dismally poor male-to-female ratio during the winter. Guys, if you don’t like your 7:1 odds, well, too bad.
(Photo: Bob Woodall/Focus Productions)

Jackson Hole is a pretty serious place. It starts with the ski area’s terrain, which
is gnarly enough that the management posts huge signs at the top and bottom of the Tram warning people to take it easy or they might get killed.

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