En Route isn’t your typical ski porn. Backcountry gods Eric Pollard, Chris Benchetler, Pep Fujas, Andy Mahre and their friends at Nimbus Independent document the highs and lows of their trips around the world with this skier filmed and edited series. The latest installment of En Route gives us plenty of Japanese pillow lines and log rides to gawk at with all the broken bones and tomahawks that come with the territory. Lucky for us, the guys at Nimbus know that not every day is bluebird and that not every mountain is billowing in powder. It doesn’t take a helicopter or a steep chute for the crew to have a good time in Hokkaido. A couple headlamps and a pile of snow near a busy mountain road will do just fine. The video leaves skiers with one question unanswered: When is the next flight to Japan?
At this enormous mountain, huge investments in snowmaking (including more than $1 million just this season) and impeccable grooming pay off.
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Louise is like a Hollywood starlet. It’s hard to stop staring at the scenery.
Hit the Apex and Horseshoe Chutes (chutes in the Midwest? Ya! You betcha!).
A bare-bones lift network means lines can be long on powder days and weekends, but the place feels empty on the upper mountain. There, explore the expansive upper bowls and chutes.
A new women-owned company offers an alternative to “shrink it and pink it” skis.
Part of Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass, Mt. Brighton is the ideal place to ease off Motor City’s throttle.
You want snow, lots of freaking snow, and that’s what you get here.
A dark chocolate salted caramel stout? Yes please. And we made it happen with Odell Brewing Co. in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Scrappy East Coast ski areas breed scrappy skiers, and Waterville Valley churns out some of the best.