I try to keep my layering system simple. For high-output touring, I like a light baselayer, a super breathable midlayer, and a storm shell to throw on when things get nasty. I’ve been using the Scott Nine9 as a midlayer for Grand Traverse training because it just plain works. The 40-percent merino wool stretch fabric and 100-percent wool insulation vents fantastically, even with a pack on my back. It stays warm while damp from perspiration, and the DWR coating on the polyester ripstop front keeps light snow at bay. I wear this as my outer layer while I’m touring then toss on a shell or down jacket for descents. Plus, it’s insanely comfortable, which counts for a lot in my book. [$200; scott-sports.com]
Snowshoe, an upside-down mountain in the Monongahela National Forest, averages more snow than most mountains in New Hampshire.
Our short spring corn mission was just enough to make us want more.
It’s like Europe, but you can drive there from East Coast cities.
You’ll need days to explore it, even without making time for Pico.
The village at the base of Tremblant (an Intrawest-owned resort) could be Whistler.
When conditions allow, the hike-to (frequently closed) Slides are some of the gnarliest terrain in the East.
The steeps of Kachina Peak should be on the résumé of any skier who’s got the chiles for it.
Fernie’s a big-kid playground. Now go play.
Marmot Basin is now a modern resort full of high-speed lifts.
Hit Crystal on the right day and you will lap deep, untracked snow that keeps refilling.