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On the Newsstand: How Safe is Skiing?


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A frank look at the risks involved in sliding downhill, and how we can reduce them.

By Cliff Meader

Oh, Knee, Oh, My
Protecting ACLs seems to have the ski industry stumped, but skiers can learn how to do it themselves.
By Josh Lerman

Wearing a helmet would seem to make good sense intuitively, but does it really?
By Cindy Hirschfeld

Information Avalanche
If entered with proper education and precaution, the backcountry can be a perfectly safe place.
By Alex Wells

Ups and Downs
With defying gravity as the goal, in halfpipes and terrain parks the risk¿and thrill¿is inherent.
By Susan Reifer

Last Runs
Think there’s no such thing as a bad day of skiing? Guess again.
By Allen St. John


Cascade Confidential

A Northwestern chronicle of deep snow, weird weather, and livin’ La Nina loca.

By Rob Lovitt

Never-Never Land
A visit to Vail reveals the surprising realities of leading a grown-up life within a skiing fantasy.
By Sara Corbett


Private Lessons

Don’t Press Down, Lift Up.

By Glen Plake

Get Forward
By Barbara Sanders And AJ Kitt

Ball Control
By Harald Harb

Self-Arrest on the Steeps
By Rob And Eric Deslauriers

Free Advice
Six top freeskiers reveal the secrets to their success.
By Kristen Ulmer




How to shake your money maker to a rockin’ ski season.

Core Moves
Test your hip rotators with a quick heel pivot.


Cyber Planning

Booking a ski trip online is getting more common¿and easier.

Schuss Chefs
Support your local ski bum by visiting one of these ski-town eateries.

The Way Inns Were
Ski lodges were accommodations with soul. Luckily, a few have survived.


Outerwear Update

Before you shell out for a new ski shell, get smart about the newest fabric technologies.

Liner Notes
Aftermarket liners can give your boots a whole new life.

Trial Run
Goggles for flat light, a suitable jacket, cozy footwear.



The tale of the turn is written in cold smoke.

Up Front
Three great photos preview our hottest stories.


Remote Access

Free lodging in the B.C. backcountry? No problem¿as long as you know the secret handshake.

Steep and Deep Space
Where Buck Rogers would go if he were a skier.

Face Shot
Jeff Hamilton: Speed Freak.

Straight Outta His Mind: Brad Holmes puts it on wax.

Blowing Smoke
Drug tests for ski-resort employees? A pair of talk jocks speak freely.

Parallel Universe
How’s Your Winter?
The simple way to measure your quality of life.
By Susan Reifer

Ask Josh
Is it undesirable to catch air in a downhill race? Should I teach my ex-girlfriend to ski or to snowboard? Is there any way to keep my CamelBak from freezing?


The Other Cannon

Is New Hampshire’s Wild Child about to be tamed?

By Ben Hewitt

Freshies, Coming Right Up
Try these snowmaking whizzes for some of the best manmade in skidom.
By Ben Hewitt

Beer Runs
Join a bar race league and you, too, can feel like a prro.
By Mitch Kaplan

Our favorite hot tubs, limos to the slopes, and new lifts.

Gore’s Encore
A sleepy state-run ski area wakes up¿but good.
By Irwin Curtin