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April 18, 2010
I set out on a ski-touring trip to Iceland—and the day I arrived, a massive volcano on Iceland’s southern shore erupted, spewing enough ash and smoke to close all the airports in northern Europe. Would we get to ski? And would we ever be able to fly out?
April 13, 2010
Is there skiing in Iceland? Yes. How good is it? I have no clue, but I'm about to find out. I'm boarding a flight to Reykjavík, Iceland's capital city, to climb and ski some of the island's biggest volcanoes. Hopefully none of them erupt while we're skiing them. Check back for more updates.
April 12, 2010
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April 12, 2010
Do whatever it takes: refinance your home, sell your kidney, get a telemarketing job. But at some point in your life, you need to go heli-skiing in Alaska. Here are photos from a day with Valdez Heli-Ski Guides—to show you why it's worth saving for.
April 5, 2010
Snowbird Resort has reported four and a half feet of powder within the last week and says 30-40 more are predicted to fall in the next few days. Ski-and-stay deals start at $99. What are you waiting for?
March 31, 2010
Snow stuck to the bottom of your skins is one of the quickest ways to take the fun out of a day in the backcountry. Here's how to stop the glop and keep it fun.
March 29, 2010
Scarpa ups the ante with the lightest four-buckle touring boot on the market. We took them out for a ride.
March 26, 2010
Polar explorer Doug Stoup leaves today for seven weeks on skis in the great white north. Part of his itinerary includes guiding 15-year-old Parker Liautaud, the youngest person to attempt to ski to the North Pole.
March 22, 2010
Previously called Monashee Snowcats, British Columbia's K3 Cat Skiing is back with a new name and all the same features, including 50-degree pitches, 33,000 acres of terrain, and piles of fresh powder. Here's how to plan a trip there.
March 22, 2010
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Need proof that winter isn't over yet? Here are shots from Vail this weekend—when nine of inches of snow fell on Friday night, dawning bluebird Saturday and Sunday. The best part: After skiing powder, you can take a shot of Limoncello from an ice luge at the top of Vail's Blue Sky Basin.