August is when the itch gets the worst. Hot, lazy days lose their shine. The buzz of the air conditioner starts to burn your eardrums. And winter feels SO far away. And it is, but a plane ticket or a long hike could change that. Here’s where you can get your midsummer fix.
Snow in Tahoe fell for over a week straight— Squaw Valley broke its all-time snowfall total by reaching over 690 inches. Kirkwood had to dig out some of their lifts. Sierra-at-Tahoe had bottomless powder, everywhere. Then, the sun came out. Here's what the biggest storm in decades looked like.
Don't throw the boards into storage just yet. March, April, and even May (if you ski at Mt. Bachelor) are the best months to get great deals on lodging, lift tickets, and equipment, all while curating a gnarly goggle tan. Sun, brews, music, and costumes are what make spring skiing the next best alternative to an epic powder day. Here's where to close out yet another great season of shredding.
All skiers should have the chance to feel what it’s like to heli-ski. But if you don’t have the dough or can’t make the trip to a heli-pad this year show up to one of these resorts on a powder day, wait patiently in the dark with the locals, and seize your chance to be one of the first to slice through some of the most sought after lift-accessed terrain in the world.
Squaw Valley-based skier dead at 29 after a big-mountain fall.
Mammoth's rowdiest spot for happy hour also serves good steak and potatoes.
Located at June Mountain, 20 miles north of Mammoth.
Pro skier Jeremey Benson offers tips on where to find good backcountry spring skiing in California's Sierra Nevada—from Tioga Pass to Mt. Whitney—as well as insider knowledge on the best local BBQ, hot springs, bike rides, gear shops, and more.
In 2006, Roy Tuscany suffered a life-altering spinal injury in a fall on Mammoth Mountain. Four years later, he’s back on skis and helping others return to the slopes through his nonprofit and a partnership with CR Johnson’s family. By Olivia Dwyer
There have been whole books (like Squallywood, by Robb Gaffney) written about how to ski the gnarliest lines at Squaw Valley, California. So there aren't a lot of secrets left. But we uncovered a few insider tips (with help from local pro skier Elyse Saugstad) that might help anyone planning a visit to Squaw.
Errol Kerr still laughs at jokes about lucky eggs, but he is all business when it comes to being the best in the world at skiercross. This week, he’s heading to Vancouver for his first visit to the Winter Olympic Games. By Olivia Dwyer
Tucker is your typical golden retriever who likes to roll in the snow and chase balls. He and his owner, Pete York of the Squaw Valley Ski Patrol, also work together on avalanche rescue operations and will travel to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics to assist with security. By Olivia Dwyer