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Western US

A SoCal Culture Club

Part Vegas, part skatepark, the most diverse ski destination in North America just might hold the secret to skiing’s future. Welcome to California’s Big Bear Mountain Resorts.

A tall transgender woman wearing hot-pink ski togs perches on a bench at the foot of a snowy Southern California ski slope, adjusting her boot buckles and striking a pose.

SKI Test 2016: Behind the Scenes

We caught up with our SKI test director to find out what goes into the most trusted ski test in the industry.

Starting Monday our editors and more than a dozen rippers will tear up Deer Valley Resort for our annual ski test. For five days, testers will ski a combined (roughly) 150 skis with the final results being posted online and in SKI’s Buyers Guide.

Skiing on the Side

How South Lake Tahoe is transforming from a has-been gambling hub to a 24-hour mountain town that just wants to have fun.
(Photo: Courtesy Heavenly Mountain Resort/Rachid Dahnoun)

I’m eating a vegan burger, made from scratch with green-chile pinto beans, a t
an Irish pub across the street from the Heavenly gondola, steps from the border of California and Nevada.

2015 Top Ski Towns: Ketchum, Idaho

Where the rich and famous write the headlines, but the quirky, passionate locals add the color.
(Photo: Kevin Syms)

2015 Top Ski Towns: Park City, Utah

Park City’s roots run so deep, it’ll take more than Vail’s influence to shake things up. Need proof? Go there.
(Photo: Courtesy Park City Resort, Dan Campbell)

There’s been lots of news coming out of Park City over 
the past few years, from the much-contested One Wasatch proposal, which would connect many of Utah’s resorts by chairlifts or gondolas, to Vail’s 2014 purchase of Park City Mountain Resort and its ultra-long

High Spirited

Craft distilleries continue their ascent across the mountain west.

Jackson Hole Still Works (Photo: Jackson Hole Still Works/G-Fra)

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