Mt St Louis Moonstone

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Even wider than its name, Mount St. Louis Moonstone is spread over a long ridge. It covers 165 acres of terrain, and to make sure no one has to stand in line too long to get to it, employs an impressive line-up of lifts. Two six-packs, a detachable quad, three quads, three triples, a double and three surface lifts keep the crowds moving and dispersed.

With more than 30 trails, a half pipe and terrain park (the pipe and park, incidentally, are served by their own quad) there's bound to be something to keep skiers and riders of all stripes happy. Snowmaking covers nearly all the terrain, and the pipe and park is groomed by specialized equipment.


Mt. Hood Meadows, OR

Mt Hood Meadows

You'll find high-speed cruisers over three miles long, and nearly a dozen wide-open bowls dropping into expansive, north-facing Heather Canyon.

In 1907, Hannes Schneider was hired as a ski instructor in Austria’s Arlberg region, four ski areas spread over six villages.  There, he began developing the Arlberg technique: the modern-day parallel turn.  Over the next few years, Schneider smashed the notion of skiing as cautious step turns.  It became about speed and flow.  And the Arlberg began drawing skiers who wanted to experience it for themselves.  Little has changed.  Since 1999, Swedish photographer Mattias Fredriksson has shot in the Arlberg at least once a year.  He goes for the suffocating powder, narrow tree fields, and cliff-dotted terrain.  But he also goes to pay respects to the tracks laid down before him.  “Hannes Schneider showed people from all around the world the parallel turn,” says Fredriksson.  “I skied with Pep Fujas, Henrik Windstedt, and Sean Pettit in the same area he taught in.  that was pretty cool for me.”  The photos that follow, all of them Fredriksson’s, are a tribute to the area, its history, and skiing as we know it. Pictured: Stina Jakobsson above the village of Zug.

St. Anton, Austria

Inbounds descents down powderfields up to five miles long dump you in the middle of the Tyrolean frescoes and church steeples of a too-cute ski village.