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Ski Resort Life

Skiing's Top Trail Map Illustrator

Skiing's Top Trail Map Illustrator
James Niehues
James Niehues might have the single most widely printed name in all of skiing. Beyond Lindsey. Or Bode. You just don’t know it.

James Niehues forgives you if you don’t  recognize his name, though if you’re reading this magazine, you undoubtedly would recognize his art. It’s right there in your pocket when you’re skiing. Or spread out on your lunch table. Or, better yet, being held down by a frosty après mug of beer. For going on three decades, Niehues (pronounced NEE-hews) has painted trail maps for just about every major resort where you’ve put skis on snow. The way Niehues sees it, your trail map is his canvas.

Gay for Aspen

Straight dad, lesbian daughter, and the nation’s biggest, best Gay Ski Week. Not entirely traditional. Just the perfect family ski trip.

Meet my daughter Lilly: bright, beautiful, brimming with dreams and confidence, a little moody, sarcastically funny. She throws herself at life with
an admirable recklessness that worries a parent sometimes. Her long blond hair is often messy, like her room at home always was. Her singing voice is that from her mom. She’s a ripping skier; or was when she was little and could be again if she weren’t trapped in D.C., where she just graduated from college. And always there were boys hanging around. There still are. Poor boys.

World Cup Racing Returns East

World Cup Racing Returns East
Julie Parisien
The last time the White Circus lit up an Eastern resort, an Eastern girl won the GS. Julie Parisien would love to see it happen again.

Eastern ski-racing fans still remember their brush with Alberto Tomba. The Italian playboy, at the height of his wine-women-and-winning career, won a GS on Thursday and nailed a second in slalom on Saturday.

That was March 1991, at Waterville Valley, N.H., and it was the last time the World Cup staged a race in the Eastern U.S.—the last time, until Killington welcomes it back for a women’s GS and slalom this Thanksgiving weekend, when racing fans from America’s major metros can get close enough to the White Circus’s biggest stars to hear the slap of armor on gate.

Booted Up

Booted Up
Alastair Machell
Running a marathon is no small accomplishment. Now try running one in ski boots. Alastair Machell did.

For skiers, autumn is gear season. For fit—and particularly masochistic—skiers, autumn is also marathon season. In an unlikely scenario, Alastair Machell managed to combine the two. The 36-year-old Watford, England, resident completed the London Marathon last year in his trusty Salomon ski boots. It was Alastair’s first marathon, and (not surprisingly) he also appears to be the first person to run the London Marathon wearing ski boots.

Sponsor Content: 7 Winter Vacations to Take in Park City, Utah

Choose your own way to enjoy Park City, Utah.

Powder Hunt

When you see the snow report and powder fever sets in, don’t wait! We’re just 35 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport, so you can ski in Park City the same day you arrive. With two world-class resorts just 10 minutes from each other, you can indulge in near-endless fresh turns.

Who Needs Snow? Buck Hill goes to the mat for its future.

Who Needs Snow? Buck Hill goes to the mat for its future.
Buck Hill Fake Snow
How does skiing 365 days a year sound? Like money in the bank in Minnesota.

There is an annoyingly capricious component of running a ski area. It’s called snow. And despite decades of technological improvements in snowmaking equipment, resort operators admit that each season’s success is still undeniably determined by the whims of Mother Nature. So what if you removed the unpredictability of snow from the resort equation?

The Old Man and the Ski

The Old Man and the Ski
The Old Man and the Ski. SKI Nov 2016 essayIllustration
On Skiing Essay

Alta, Utah, on a powder day is legendary.

Travel | Purgatory Mountain, Colorado

Travel | Purgatory Mountain, Colorado
Travel Go Purgatory Winter 2016 Main Photo 1
A new owner’s passion for the sport marks an exciting change for a beautiful San Juan ski resort.

The Rolling stones echo off the lift towers and snow guns, bouncing off the mountain in front of me, making the bass even more powerful. While Jagger isn’t on stage, the cover band playing outside at the base of Purgatory’s main lift is impressive, and it shows no signs of stopping in the below-freezing temps. While I can barely account for the contents of my own gloves, their bare fingers fly across fret boards and nimbly pick out rockin’ solos, guitar amps screaming through the cold winter air. Is this good for my ears? Absolutely not.

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