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High-Country Heroes

A skier's life is pretty charmed. Bluebird powder days, weekend trips with friends. But the people profiled in the pages ahead are making tracks of a different sort: They are giving back more than they take. From freeskiers fighting global warming to heli guides building homes for AIDS orphans, ski town locals are making the world a better place.

Alison Gannett, Going Big

Alison Gannett, Saving Our Snow

Gannett, a world champion freeskier, launched the Global Cooling Tour when she sustained a career-ending injury. She also works on former V.P. Al Gore’s Climate Project. That's why we're starting our list of High-Country Heroes with her.

Lindsey Vonn

Vonn Second in Women's World Cup at Lake Louise

While the men's world cup race at Beaver Creek was canceled due to wind, the women's team had a strong showing at Lake Louise. Lindsey Vonn, who came in second, was the fastest of the seven American women in the top 30. And both teams will be back for more tomorrow.