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Sunset at Hanmer Springs Ski Area.

New Zealand

A Swiss guy gets fed up with summer and is itching to ski in August. So he hops a flight to New Zealand. Fortunately for us, he brought his camera along. Photos by Simon Heiniger.

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New Zealand Winter Games

This year’s New Zealand Winter Games, from August 13-23, features four freeski events: slopestyle, half pipe, big air, and skier cross. Keep an eye on athletes like Devin Logan, Jen Hudak, and Jossi Wells at this event, and as they prepare for the 2014 Olympics.

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WME in New Zealand: More Photos

Warren Miller Entertainment videographer Tom Day filmed with athletes Sam Smoothy and Ted Davenport in Queenstown and Wanaka, New Zealand. Here are more photos from their shoot.

Eats: Swiss restaurants sometimes overemphasize potato-and-cheese fueled calorie clogging. So it’s refreshing to stumble upon a joint like Toutone in Andermatt. Toutone presents its seafood, lamb, veal, and pasta with a damn near artistic flair, while emphasizing vegetable complements. Groceries: In Switzerland, you’ll always see Co-Op and Migros grocery stores. Though they close much earlier (like 6 p.m.) than U.S. stores, these can be your best friends. They sell inexpensive wine and beer, as well as great pastries and affordable sundries. Bring your own bags.

How to Do Switzerland Right

In our October issue, Rob Story tackled Switerland's Urner Haute Route, but he neglected to mention some important details, like where to disco and find cheese.

The lower 48’s highest peak is often a training ground for mountaineers looking to conquer higher peaks, but that doesn’t mean that with some skills or a guide it can still be attainable for savvy backcountry skiers.

Where to Ski in August

August is when the itch gets the worst. Hot, lazy days lose their shine. The buzz of the air conditioner starts to burn your eardrums. And winter feels SO far away. And it is, but a plane ticket or a long hike could change that. Here’s where you can get your midsummer fix.

Day three became dawn patrol to Hickory Bay on the Banks Peninsula and an afternoon ski off of Mt. Olympus, a closed ski resort that opened for the sake of the adventure. Somewhere in between, Kuzma, Dunbar, Kebbell, and Herbert catch a window for a quick photo-op.

Surf to Summit New Zealand

It took five days, 21 hours of sleep, and a few weather-caused detours for four of New Zealand’s ski and surf personalities to set the benchmark for an epic trip for the world’s powder and barrel lovers. From September 14-18, Kiwis Maria Kuzma, Angus Kebbell, Alex Herbert, and Tom Dunbar skied a different peak and surfed a different break each day while traversing New Zealand from north to south in a pair of camper vans. Here are a few pictures and a recap of the ski/surf/road trip that will have you wondering, “why didn’t I think of that?” By Kevin Luby