June 14, 2011
Opened in 1939 with help from Walt Disney, Sugar Bowl retains its old-school charm with a 1950s-style gondola and a rustic base lodge. But it’s plenty modern too. It offsets 100 percent of its energy through wind credits and has a remodeled 35,700-square-foot lodge and a new skiercross course that’s home to Olympian Daron Rahlves. The best thing about Sugar Bowl, however, may simply be the snow. Each year, the resort gets around 500 inches of Californian fluff.
June 9, 2011
Kirkwood is off the grid in more ways than one. The whole place runs on generators. Lift lines are six people deep on a powder day. Sierra storms fill the ski-porn-worthy terrain, closing roads and shutting down lifts for days. But with inbounds runs slanted up to 42 degrees, the most reliable snow in the area, and chutes that make big-mountain skiers queasy, it’s hard to believe the resort stays so low-key. Thank the hourlong drive from South Lake Tahoe’s packed casinos and resorts, which ensures Kirkwood remains unsullied by the masses. Just the way skiers there like it.
March 30, 2011
Snow in Tahoe fell for over a week straight— Squaw Valley broke its all-time snowfall total by reaching over 690 inches. Kirkwood had to dig out some of their lifts. Sierra-at-Tahoe had bottomless powder, everywhere. Then, the sun came out. Here's what the biggest storm in decades looked like.
March 10, 2011
All skiers should have the chance to feel what it’s like to heli-ski. But if you don’t have the dough or can’t make the trip to a heli-pad this year show up to one of these resorts on a powder day, wait patiently in the dark with the locals, and seize your chance to be one of the first to slice through some of the most sought after lift-accessed terrain in the world.
January 4, 2011
The steeps and cliffs of Squaw Valley have always been a breeding ground for aggressive, fearless skiers. Here are the women who are currently sending it at Squaw, from big mountain luminaries to an up-and-coming ski cross star.