A Skier's Life List 2012

Twenty-seven things every skier should do before he hangs up his boards
2014 No.1 Jackson Hole

Every few years, we put our heads together and compile a list of all the places we'd go and things we'd do if we had the time, the money, and, well, the guts to just go for it. Herewith, our top 27—in no particular order—and links to the stories we've written about them. As we close in on another ski season, we look forward to checking a few more off the list. We hope you will too. Happy skiing.

1. Go heli-skiing. Wonder if you're good enough?Wonder what it takes?

2. Date a ski patroller

3. Introduce a friend or child to the sport 

4. Invest in mountain property

5. Skin to a 10th Mountain Division hut

6. Ski-bum for a season

7. Snag first tram at Jackson Hole on a powder day

8. Summer Ski in South America: Chile or Argentina

9. Ski Chamonix

10. Eat raclette in Switzerland

11. Watch the Hahnenkamm

12. Call in sick on a powder day

13. Chase a storm

14. Ski Japan

15. Add a frontside carver to your quiver and learn how to use it

16. Watch a Winter Olympics…in person

17. Set up a basement ski-tuning bench—and use it

18. Dance in ski boots at the Krazy Kangaruh in St. Anton

19. Ski every day for a month

20. Slide a rail

21. Do it in a gondola

22. Drink a pisco sour at Tio Bob’s in Portillo

23. Win a Nastar gold medal 

24. Stay a night at the Timberline Lodge

25. Ski The Midwest 

26. Cat ski with strangers

27. Go night skiing—right after a ski day



The (Heli) High Life

To be a skier means many things. You might be in it for the powder, the camaraderie, the thread counts or the après beers. But we all share the same dream, and it sounds like this: thwap-thwap-thwap.

Revelstoke HeliSki

Heliskiing at Revelstoke Lodge, B.C.: A Day in the Life

When SKI Mag's Utah-based ski tester isn't emailing us photos of blower Wasatch pow, he's describing in detail his heli skiing adventures in B.C. From where we sit (at our desks in an office park), it can be painful. Check out his recent video from Revelstoke Lodge...and try—hard—not to hate him.