Moena, Italy. Tomorrow, eighty brightly dressed skier and snowboarders—freeriders as they’re typecast in Italy—will line up to pound 2,500 vertical feet of avy debris and spring cement down the Col de Margherita in the Scufoneda Freeride Cup. But tonight, the head of snow safety for the event is dancing in his underwear and knee pads, athletes are pouring grappa down their throats, and, even though it’s 11 p.m., almost no one has taken off their ski boots. This is Scufoneda, northern Italy’s weeklong ode to telemarking, big mountain skiing, and the general debauchery that goes along with it.

Getting Deep in the Dolomites

Skiing in Italy has historically been all about racing. But now, thanks to a growing group of big mountain and telemark skiers, it’s starting to look a little different. We sent an editor to the Dolomites to see how a big mountain comp goes down, Italian style.

Deep Winter

Whistler Deep Winter Photo Contest

This week, some of the best photographers in the ski world are in Whistler, B.C. for the Arc'teryx Deep Winter Challenge, a three-day-long photo contest. On Saturday, one will be crowned king (or queen) of storms. Here's one of the winning slideshows of the past.