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Craig DiPietro, Somewhere between Keystone and Breck

The Hillbilly Haute Route

Who can afford to ski the real Haute Route during a recession? What we need is a domestic version, a tour connecting, say, nine ski areas in Colorado. It’s out there for any mountain yokel willing to hoist a heavy pack, bribe snowmobilers, and break trail where trails aren’t meant to be broken. It starts in luxury and ends with nearly rotten mayonnaise—conditions permitting.

Rebecca Selig, Vail

Vail, Colorado: Nine Inches of Powder

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.

2010 Teva Mountain Games Wrap (Gallery)

Teva Mountain Games 2010

Teva Mountain Games 2010 Vail’s sixth annual summer celebration of mountain sports and music (June 3-6, 2010) showcased world-class athleticism and loads of family fun.

Even if you don’t feel like signing up for a 10K trail running race or a road bike hill climb, go to Vail, Colorado, on June 3-6 to watch pro and amateur-level outdoor athletes compete in the annual Teva Mountain Games. The eight competition sports include everything from rock climbing and kayaking to stand-up paddle boarding and fly fishing. There’s also a photo competition and outdoor filmmaking school, live music, and plenty of outdoor recreation that doesn’t involve a starting line.

Teva Mountain Games Come to Vail June 3-6

Outdoor athletes of all types—trail runners, kayakers, rock climbers, mountain bikers and more—will compete at the Teva Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado, on June 3-6. Come to watch the competition or sign up for an event yourself. Here's how. *Check out our awesome wrap-up gallery from the event: http://www.skinet.com/skiing/competition/2010/06/teva-mountain-games-2010