The Politics of Skiing
The new snow-country strategy: Ski locally; act nationally.
Good for You: Sports Drink 2.0
Once upon a time, “sport drink” meant one product: Gatorade. Today, that original yellow thirst quencher with a boost—added electrolytes—is just one among a rainbow of sport drink options, each with “specially formulated” recipes—one for hydration, another for energy. And just when it seemed the market had peaked, the game changed. New performance beverages sell themselves on what they leave out—processed nutrients and artificial sweeteners—rather than what they add.
Stuff We Like
SKI Magazine’s top picks for random gear.
Where Is It?
Identify the resort in the photo and you could win new his and her helmets from K2. Contest runs until November 30, 2008.
Legacy: Signs of the Times
Under pressure from insurers—and inspired by Disney—ski areas introduced colorful symbols to convey a trail’s difficulty. More than 40 years later, airports get in line.
On Skiing: Vanishing Act
A parent’s most valuable gift might be bridging the past to the future. What if that bridge melts away?
Where Now: Silver Mountain, Idaho
A mining town with a colorful past reinvents itself as a ski resort with a bright future.
Weekends: Manchester, Vermont
Shopping and dining are two reasons to weekend here. Stratton and Bromley are two more.
Sidetracks: Big Chill
Trade skis for crampons and hike into an ice spire cathedral near the slopes of Alberta’s Lake Louise.
Home on the Ranch
A stay at Devil’s Thumb Ranch offers a very different ski vacation—along with a chance to unplug.
The Rockies are chockablock with ranches that offer a full slate of winter activities. And downhill skiing is a shuttle ride away. Here are our favorites.
Room Key: Deer Valley, Utah
The lodging scene at this luxury resort gets better every season.
Mountain Life: Upward Mobility
It’s hard to come home from a ski trip—especially one in Crested Butte, Colo. Which is why a Boulder family decided to just move there.
Market Report: Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Inspired by an ambitious ski area renovation, Steamboat’s real estate market is getting a makeover.
The difference between a good season and a great season? That’s often determined before the snow falls. A little time in the gym now will pay big dividends on the slopes later. And there’s still plenty of time to start.
A single-day lesson always helps, but to truly transform your skiing takes a commitment of time and energy. Here are several multi-day immersion clinics that won’t let you back out.
The New Face of Jackson Hole
The big red box is back, proof that, despite new luxury hotels, slopeside hot tubs, and mountaintop espresso, the Hole still has plenty of soul.
Tracking Down James Bond
Not surprisingly, the world's most glamorous secret agent visited some of the world's most glamorous ski resorts and peaks. You will be stirred, not shaken.
With private clubs and loyalty rewards, family packages and immaculate grooming, upscale lodging and cutting-edge terrain parks, this little-known Tahoe gem is quietly becoming the Deer Valley of the Far West.
Fitness: Injury Busters
Want to avoid injury this season? Here are nine moves that stack the safety odds in your favor.
Gear: Tricks Are For Kids
You must be
to ride these skis – but not quite old enough to remember a time before terrain parks.
Gear Essentials: Inspired Design
These gadgets and garments take design cues from people, products, and places that look good and work great.
New owners finally put Attitash on the path of progress.
Sugarloaf’s Reggae Fest sets the season’s glorious finale to an infectious island beat.
Rebirth for Burke
In Vermont’s remote, lovely Northeast Kingdom, resort developers have big plans for a quiet little town and its long-slumbering ski area.
Bread and Board: Lincoln/Franconia, NH
I-93 blazes an uncommonly scenic trail up the west side of the Whites. The region’s inns and restaurants offer charm to match.