April 5, 2010
In 1993, ski legend Doug Coombs opened Alaska's first heli-ski operation in Valdez. Skiing Magazine's Megan Michelson is currently spending two weeks in an RV parked at Valdez Heli Ski Guides with two of the best telemark skiers in the country. Here are photos from their trip—along with pointers on how to ski Alaskan-style steeps.
March 29, 2010
When you think of skiing in Alaska, you might think about helicopters and film crews. But don't forget about Alyeska, one of the state's few ski areas. The mountain has received 714 inches of snow this winter—and counting. Here's what you'll do while you're there—from night skiing to dining on all-you-can-eat sourdough pancakes.
March 24, 2010
One of the most low-key ski areas in Washington is doubling in size next season with two new lifts that access some great terrain. It's a project that's been 34 years in the making. Last week we got a chance to preview the goods.
March 15, 2010
It was as good as it gets skiing with North Cascade Heli—plenty of deep, cold snow, boatloads of sun and not a lick of wind. Check out some shots here from the day.
March 14, 2010
Mission Ridge is a sweet local hill that knocks the socks off of most major mountains out there. It's got a family feel, but has all the rowdy, technical lines that any serious skier could want. When the rest of Washington is sopping wet, Mission Ridge skis clear and cold. We had the pleasure of catching it on a beautiful spring day today. Here are a few photos from the day.
March 13, 2010
We got a chance to tag along with Seattle-based photographer Ian Coble and K2 athlete Tyler Ceccanti shooting at Stevens Pass, Washington yesterday. The snow was deep and they killed it. Here’s what Ian had to say about shooting in the Northwest this season.
January 27, 2010
Storms in the Pacific Northwest hamper visibility. So get some depth perception in the rocky chutes and protected tree runs accessed by Crystal Mountain’s Northway lift. Before the resort installed the 1,870-vertical-foot fixed-grip lift in 2007, this zone was a backcountry stash for locals. Now the chair helps disperse skier traffic and has increased Crystal’s lift-served terrain by 62 percent.
January 21, 2010
At Arctic Man, skiers and snow-machiners unite for one of skiing's weirdest races. There are busted bones, burning couches, and hopes of seeing Todd Palin. Surviving the 4.5-mile race is the easy part. We have helmet cam footage and in-depth account from last spring's race in Alaska.
January 5, 2010
Oregon's Wallowa Avalanche Center opened this fall as the Wallowa Mountains' first-ever avalanche forecaster. If only it'd been open one year ago, it could have saved one man's life.
December 14, 2009
Colorado, Utah, Montana, and Washington ski areas saw cold temperatures last week followed by new snow, currently creating snowpack instabilities. Avalanche warnings remain at high for mountain locations in these states.