Megan Michelson

If Olympic hopefuls like Torin Yater-Wallace (pictured here at Winter X Games 2013) qualify for Sochi, they won’t be able to pimp their sponsors during a blackout period surrounding the Games.

Ruled Out

A controversial I.O.C. rule prohibits athletes from promoting sponsors at the games.

Lars Chickering-Ayers

A Chairlift Interview with Pro Skier Lars Chickering-Ayers

Lars Chickering-Ayers is a 22-year-old pro skier who won the 2010 Freeskiing World Championships at Snowbird, Utah, in mid March. We caught up with Lars about his upcoming summit-to-sea expedition in Alaska while riding the Pallavicini Chair at Colorado's A-Basin on a powder day in May.

Mammoth Motel 6

The Perfect Motel for Skiers: Mammoth's Motel 6

If you're a ski bum visiting Mammoth, California, you probably don't need a hotel with ski valet and room service. You probably want a clean place where you can bring your dog, take a hot shower, and get free internet. Introducing the perfect motel for skiers in Mammoth, which just happens to be a Motel 6.

Bec de Rosses

Freeride World Tour: Racer Julia Mancuso is Competing in the Verbier Xtreme

As if two Olympic silver medals wasn't enough, ski racer Julia Mancuso has decided to take on the Verbier Xtreme this weekend, the final stop on this year's Freeride World Tour. The venue for the big-mountain competition is the Bec de Rosses, a massive face filled with rocky cliff bands and no-fall zones. Find out why Julia is taking on the challenge.

Dylan Crossman at Kirkwood

An Interview with Dylan Crossman

Big-mountain skier Dylan Crossman recently won the North American Freeskiing Championships at Kirkwood, California. This weekend, he’s competing at the Freeskiing World Championships at Snowbird, Utah, the last stop on this winter’s Freeskiing World Tour. We spoke to him about mountain-bike-assisted ski touring and what it's like having a couloir in Austria named after you.

Jay Beyer Self Portrait

Chairlift Interview: Photographer Jay Beyer

Salt Lake City-based photographer Jay Beyer shoots and skis mainly in Utah’s Wasatch backcountry. But we found Jay recently riding the Collins chairlift at Alta ski resort. We spoke to him about what a backcountry skier was doing at the resort, why he switched from snowboarding to skiing, and tips for shooting photos on stormy days.

Tram Face

Freeride World Tour: Coming to Squaw Valley's Tram Face This Weekend?

The Freeride World Tour, a European-based big-mountain competition, will make its only visit to the U.S this weekend when it comes to Squaw Valley, California. The competition is slated to take place on Sunday on the legendary Tram Face, a permanently closed venue filled with rocky cliffs and steep chutes. We spoke to Squaw locals and FWT competitors Cody Townsend and Elyse Saugstad about what to expect this weekend.

Julia Mancuso

Vonn Crashes; Julia Cries in Women's GS

It was an unlucky day for America's two top female ski racers: Lindsey Vonn crashed into the fence during the GS race and obstructed the run of her teammate Julia Mancuso, who was granted a rerun but finished a disappointing 1.30 seconds behind the current leader. The second run of the race takes place Thursday.

Julia Wins Silver

Julia Mancuso Wins Second Silver Medal

After a silver medal in Wednesday's women's downhill, American Julia Mancuso nabbed the silver in Thursday's super combined, which includes a downhill run and a slalom run. Thanks to a gold medal in GS at the Torino Winter Olympics four years ago, that makes Julia the only American female ski racer to win three Olympic medals.

Vonn in gold, Mancuso in silver

Women's Downhill: Vonn Takes Gold, Mancuso Takes Silver

After a much hyped shin injury (Lindsey Vonn) and a made-for-TV rivalry (Lindsey and fellow racer Julia Mancuso), the results of today's women's downhill from the Winter Olympic Games in Whistler are finally in. We're so thankful all the hype was worth it.

Suzanne Graham

Chairlift Interview with Suzanne Graham

We spoke to pro skier and BASE-jumper Suzanne Graham yesterday at Alta, Utah, about BASE jumping, med school, and how to fight the powder-hungry masses on Alta's famous High Traverse (hint: it's all in your elbows).

 

An Interview with Glen Plake

We spoke to Glen Plake, a pioneer of extreme skiing and the spokesperson for January as “Learn a Snow Sports” month, as he was boarding a flight to Moscow, Russia, about Midwestern ski areas, high school ski racing, and why skiing isn’t a sport just for the filthy rich.

#13: YOU SURVIVED SILVERTON MOUNTAIN.

Silverton Mountain: The Greenest Little Ski Area

The Ski Area Citizens' Coalition, an organization that ranks ski resorts' environmental practices, calls Colorado's Silverton Mountain a "little ski area that rocks." The mountain has one lift—which services over 1,800 acres of expert-only terrain and accesses over 3,000 feet of vertical drop—no grooming, no snowmaking, no cut trails, and no beginner runs. We spoke to co-owner Aaron Brill while riding the chairlift about Silverton's reuse and recycle motto.

Lindsey Vonn en route to victory.

An Interview With Lindsey Vonn

Ski racer Lindsey Vonn was just named Female Athlete of the Decade by NBC's Universal Sports. After months of waiting for an interview, we finally managed to get Vonn to answer some of our questions. But instead of asking her about the Vancouver Olympics coming up in February, we spoke to the two-time World Champion about what it's like being hounded by the press.

TGR Generations

TGR's Generations: An Environmental Ski Film

Known for their ski porns, Teton Gravity Research has released an award-winning new film about climate change's impact on skiing. We spoke to producer Steve Jones about the simple things you can do to cut your carbon emissions and what TGR is doing to offset all that heli time.

Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Final Results1. Andreas Hatveit, Norway, 93.00.  2. Tom Wallisch, Pittsburgh, Pa., 92.38.  3. Sammy Carlson, Tigard, Ore., 91.13.  4. Bobby Brown, Breckenridge, Colo., 89.50.  5. Elias Ambuhl, Switzerland, 89.00.  6. Jf Houle, Canada, 84.00.  7. Philip Casabon, Canada, 81.50.  8. Sean Jordan, Scranton, Pa., 79.50.  9. Alexis Godbout, Canada, 74.00.  10. Oscar Harlaut, Sweden, 66.75.  11. Tj Schiller, Canada, 16.50.  12. Charles Gagnier, Canada, 12.00.

Winter Dew Tour, Breckenridge: Part 1

Greetings from Breckenridge, Colorado, where the second-annual Winter Dew Tour—a slopestyle and superpipe competition for skiers and snowboarders—is currently in mid-swing. We were there today to check out the preliminaries for ski superpipe, Colby West’s mustache, and the lack of women skiers.

Lorraine Huber

Five-Question Interview: Lorraine Huber

We chatted with Austrian/Australian pro skier Lorraine Huber, a guide with Kästle Adventure Tours, about ski mountaineering in New Zealand, filming with Warren Miller, and whether a ski trip to Austria is better than a surf trip to Australia.

Rossignol Attraxion Echo

Green Skis: Rossignol Attraxion Echo

Boots and ski equipment made in environmentally-friendly ways are easier to find than ever before. Like a new women's ski from Rossignol, the Attraxion Echo, which is made from as many sustainable, low-impact materials as possible. All that, and it's as smooth a ride as any you'll find.

Alison Gannett

A Long Walk

Skier and climate change activist Alison Gannett is at it again. But this time, she's walking 225 miles across European flatlands en route to the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen. She'll be carrying skis on her back to raise awareness for our dwindling snowpack.

Crested Butte's North Face

Anatomy: Crested Butte's North Face

Don’t be fooled by the T-bar that accesses this terrain: This is no bunny slope. The North Face, a massive back bowl that slants as much as 50 degrees, is the site of big-mountain competitions and gladed, fluff-filled stashes. If it’s a powder day, get here quickly.

Grete Eliassen

Say My Name

Unhappy with the lack of female presence in ski movies, freeskier Grete Eliassen sets out to produce her own, all-girl ski movie, due out next fall, called Say My Name. We chatted with Grete while she was en route to class.

Honorable Mention: Seth Morrison

Five Question Interview: Seth Morrison

Seth Morrison is featured in the new TGR film, Re:Session, and just signed on with a new sponsor, Backcountry.com. We spoke to him about Christmas shopping, early season groomers, and what it feels like to jump into a pile of foam.

Montana: Come for the militias, stay for the powder. Erik Lovold, gunning through Big Sky.

Private Powder at Big Sky

Starting this winter, Big Sky, Montana, is offering a chance for guided early tram rides at 8 a.m., a whole hour before the masses. We spoke with director of snowsports, Troy Nedved, to see if the program also includes shooting the Howitzer (it doesn't).

Oskar 2

Oskar Enander Gallery Opening in Portland

Talk about a worldly: A Swedish photographer who lives in Switzerland is opening a gallery exhibition in Oregon with photos from Alaska. It's happening on October 15. If you can't make it to Portland, a new website will be showcasing his images.