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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.

The day our group of international journalists and representatives from Black Diamond Equipment and Polartec arrived in Iceland, the Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted, causing enough smoke and ash to shut down all airports in northern Europe for almost a week, wrecking havoc on the global economy. We had planned to head south to ski the highest peak in Iceland, 2,110-meter Hvannadalshnjúkur. But road closures as a result of the eruption changed our plans and we headed north instead, to ski the mountains near the town of Dalvík.

Skiing in Iceland: How to Plan a Trip

Even a massive volcanic eruption that shut down all European airports couldn’t halt our ski-touring trip to Iceland. Here are images from a week of climbing and skiing Iceland’s peaks—plus tips on how to plan your own trip there.

Hint: Location Y's state is the last name of the actor who won on Oscar for his role in Training Day.

The Yellow Line (Gallery)

Do the locations (which we'll call X,Y, and Z) look familiar? Look for our hints. The winner gets a pair of Wagner Custom skis. For the rules of the contest, click here.

Griffin Post in La Parva

Chile (gallery)

It may be August, but that doesn't mean there isn't powder skiing to be had somewhere in the world. Here's a collection of shots taken from La Parva and Valle Nevado, Chile, by Drew Stoecklein and Spencer Francey.