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After getting settled, we head out to explore, skinning past the bear-frequented waste-management shed at the edge of town, past the hydroelectric dam on Copper Creek, and up to the mine entrance (it’s closed). The snow down low is wet and heavy, and visibility nonexistent, but as we head up into Copper Basin, a brief opening in the clouds gives us a tantalizing peek at the terrain I’d been imagining skiing for years.

Holden Village

Holden Village, a remote village in mountainous north-central Washington, could be home to the most spectacular backcountry skiing in the Lower 48.

Stoup and Garre

Ski the Arctic

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.

Kris Erickson, Jamie Laidlaw, and Kip Garre in Kathmandu.

The Wild West of the East: A Ski Expedition to Nepal

For decades, far-western Nepal has been ski-mountaineering’s version of outer space—a collection of 20,000-foot-plus Himalayan peaks begging for company, but no safe and easy way to get there. Contributing writer Devon O'Neil ventured to Nepal in September along with a team of North-Face sponsored ski mountaineers to see if they could change that. Follow his adventures here.