America’s toughest backcountry ski race starts at midnight in Crested Butte, Colorado, and charges 40 miles north through the rugged heart of the Rocky Mountains to Aspen. When two desk jockeys, coworkers at this magazine, sign up on competing teams, an epic game of one-upmanship unfolds.
For a week in January, Aspen becomes the center of the jibtastic universe when the Winter X Games comes to town. With 80,000 spectators (heavy on the park rats), dozens of free events, and parties—i.e. free booze—galore, Aspen is going to go off. Here’s your insider’s guide to the 2011 Winter X Games.
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.