Magazine Issue
October 2017
Ski Magazine2 min read
On a Mission
Getting groms on snow is the future, so a ski area in central Washington asked itself what’s the best way to maximize the chance that newbies will return. Championed by ski school director Jodi Taggart, “we decided unlimited beginner lessons would be
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Focus
Photographer Guy Fattal and athlete Flo Goeller set out for a simple hike, hoping to see the sun vanish over the peaks outside of Whistler Blackcomb, B.C. Says Fattal: “With the sun setting at around 3 p.m. during that time of year [December], it was
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Das Brew
Best way to make a few straight weeks of binge drinking sound glamorous and completely socially acceptable? Say you're going to Munich's Oktoberfest. The annual festival is the world’s largest and longest-running of its kind, attracting some seven mi
Ski Magazine4 min read
Can Stem Cell Therapy Save Your Knees?
For near two decades, Tim Petrick skied with constant pain in his right knee. As the former President and CEO of K2 Sports and the current COO at Silverton Mountain in Colorado, he’s had the fortune to ski some of the world’s most majestic mountains,
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Chairlift 3.0
The lift safety bar will do a lot more than keep you from falling off if a trio of Colorado entrepreneurs have their way. Jeff Connors, Gerrit VandeKemp, and Freddie Peyerl, co-founders of Colorado-based Alpine Media Technology, want to put live-stea
Ski Magazine1 min read
Whiskey on the Run
David Defazio was once photographed in Skiing Magazine skiing the Grand Teton, and Kate Mead was a collegiate ski racer. They both know skiing, as does Kate’s husband Brad. The trio, all Jackson, Wyo., residents, decided to combine their love of the
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New 2018 Rides
For nearly two decades, the default vehicle for skiers has been a car-based crossover. They offer a more comfortable ride than truck-based SUVs, along with improved economies. But all crossovers are not created equal. Heading into 2018, here are thre
Ski Magazine4 min read
Streets to Peaks
The Wasatch Range jags skyward immediately east of Salt Lake City. Its upland faces, narrow canyons, and rugged beauty are pure Wild West. Its westward slopes, which face the city and are known as the Wasatch Front, have been a Mecca for skiers since
Ski Magazine3 min read
When in Rome...
Owen Owens, age 91, wears bib number 1. At 11 a.m. on a crisp Friday in high winter, he tips out of a steep race start into the treeless pitches of Whistler’s high alpine, kicking off the annual Peak to Valley Race. Onlookers clack their poles, whoop
Ski Magazine4 min read
The Sky’s the Limit
2003, Les Arcs, France: Jay Sandelin clicks into his skis and dons a space-age helmet that looks like Darth Vader’s lid. He takes a deep breath and hops to his start, rocketing down the slope at breakneck speed. When he finally throws out the anchor
Ski Magazine3 min read
Heading Up
Skiing uphill inbounds is quickly gaining traction throughout North America as a great way to spend the day on snow, build fitness, and add a new dimension to your morning workout. Driving this popularity is improved (read: lighter) gear, and the att
Ski Magazine2 min read
Deer Valley
Look who’s back at the top. It’s been six years since Deer Valley graced the No. 1 spot in our survey, but this “worldclass” resort wears the title like a favorite sweater. For the resort’s many return visitors, the Deer Valley experience itself is m
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Sun Valley
Want to judge a resort? Look at its residents. Sun Valley attracts real skiers. They work hard. Ski just about every (decent) day. Raise ripping kids. And then ski some more. They don’t view it as a big deal because that’s the natural rhythm of skiin
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Best Places You’ve Never Skied
With the longest vert of any resort in North America—5,620 feet—Revy is gaining steam as a ski adventure capital and just a generally rad place to shred. Did we mention that there are both cat skiing and heli skiing ops out of the base village? Plus,
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Whistler Blackcomb
Sixteen big bowls scallop across snow-kissed alpine heights. Vistas are majestic, punctuated by glaciers, crags and spires. The skiing seems to go forever—two hulking mountains, 8,150-plus inbound acres, and one mile of rise. “It’s big! No, it is hug
Ski Magazine1 min read
Snowmass
Fifty years after its birth, the thriving heart of Snowmass is still the mountain, vast and varied enough to please everybody, with complementary amenities built to serve the resort experience. “Close to being the perfect resort—it probably is,” gush
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Telluride
Tucked neatly in Southwestern Colorado’s dramatic San Juan Mountains, amid aspen groves and crystal clear skies, the natural beauty of Telluride is hard to overstate. Readers maintain the resort is “one of the most beautiful spots in the world” and h
Ski Magazine2 min read
Vail
There’s much to say about Vail. Which is not surprising for a resort of 5,289 acres, the biggest in Colorado. Funny, though, that one of the most repeated reader comments comprises only two simple words: “Back Bowls.” Indeed, Vail Back Bowls and its
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Jackson Hole
Last season in the Tetons, the snow gods gave like Oprah. When the winter ended, 593 inches of fluff had fallen on Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the most in the ski area’s 51-year history. That caused readers to gush about the conditions, saying thin
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Aspen Highlands
If Aspen is the classic skier’s mountain and Snowmass has something for everyone, Aspen Highlands—new to the Top 10—has become like the grand prize-worthy challenge of an Aspen Snowmass ski vacation. Indeed, standing atop 12,392- foot Highland Bowl a
Ski Magazine1 min readFood & Wine
Beaver Creek
You know when something turns out to be entirely different than you expected? That’s how readers seem to feel about Beaver Creek, a resort whose luxurious reputation belies its serious skiing. ”One of the few places you can get 3,000 continuous verti
Ski Magazine3 min read
Coming Soon...
Visitors with learning littles will want to check out the new Red Buffalo Park, a 200- acre family beginner area at 11,440 feet, accessed by the new Red Buffalo Express high-speed quad (formerly the Drink of Water double chair). Red Buffalo’s 13 trai
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Whitefish Mountain Resort
Two key milestones have hit this modest, but growing Montana resort. It’s celebrating its 70th anniversary this season, and the resort set a record last winter with upwards of 346,000 skier visits. Locals celebrate the first and lament the second. Bu
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Steamboat
When it comes to Steamboat, readers seem split between those who come for the “greatest tree skiing in the world” and those who love the “real cowboy town atmosphere.” Which basically means you can’t go wrong either way. Steamboat consistently offers
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Aspen Mountain
First-timers to Aspen may wonder what all the fuss is about. The mountain, a mere 675 acres, has no beginner runs and a funnel-like layout. Expensive restaurants and high-end chain stores, found also in Paris and Milan, seem to dominate the downtown.
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Big Sky
Montanans are all about skiing, not scene. And while you won’t find any bumping nightclubs at Big Sky, it’s a good thing: You’re going to need your rest. This is an enormous resort, with something for all tastes (Variety, No. 4). There’s plenty of pu
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Crested Butte
Bolstered by record snowfall last season, Crested Butte continues its steady climb in the rankings. And with good reason. The quaint town and “playground of a mountain” are both brimming with character (No. 4) and host a wealth of terrain ranging fro
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Breckenridge
Breckenridge is like that big, dopey cousin that the whole family lovingly rags on. Good thing he’s so good-natured and sure of himself, he really doesn’t care what you think, and neither does Breck, which knows exactly what it offers: A heck of a lo
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Park City
Riddle: How do you eat an elephant? This Zen koan is helpful when visiting the largest resort in the U.S., which, last season, shrugged off the vestiges of its former two halves (Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons) and began to feel at peace with
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Snowbird
After several lean years, face shots returned to the Wasatch last winter. When the storms finally lifted, 598 inches of snow had fallen on the ‘Bird, nearly 100 more inches than the previous year. “Light, fluffy snow,” says one reader. Another put it
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Mammoth Mountain
Readers love all 3,500 acres of this behemoth’s “amazing range of terrain” (Variety, No. 9), they laud it for having “top-notch grooming” (No. 8), and say that Mammoth’s 28 efficient chairlifts “keep you on the runs and not in lift lines, even on the
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Winter Park
Variety is the name of the game for this gem tucked at the base of Berthoud Pass in the Colorado Rockies. Comprised of two main peaks, Winter Park and Mary Jane, the resort features “lots of family- and kid-friendly groomed terrain, while still havin
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Grand Targhee
Nestled in the western slope of the Teton Range, Grand Targhee remains infamous for deep snow throughout the season. Eastbound Pacific storms back up against the Tetons and unload on Targhee, sometimes making visibility an issue, but the minor inconv
Ski Magazine2 min read
Smugglers’ Notch
Smugglers’ Notch? The No. 1 ski resort in the East? Before you spout off (looking at you, Stowe snob), consider this: Readers rank it No. 1 for kids. What, are you going to argue with cute little groms who like to ski? We didn’t think so. At Smuggs,
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Sugarbush
What gives? Readers are finally being a lot nicer to long-underrated, under-appreciated Sugarbush. Maybe they were on their second pint of Sunshine at the Castlerock Pub when they filled out their surveys? (The new celebrity beer—topping even Heady T
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Call Yourself an Eastern Skier? Shred Here.
Eight trails, three lifts, 15 acres, and more soul than you can shake a ski pole at, Cochran’s was built in 1961 by ultimate ski parents Mickey and Ginny Cochran. The family has sent somewhere in the vicinity of 10 ski racers to Olympic and World Cup
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Mount Snow
At Mount Snow’s annual holiday photo event it’s not uncommon for four (or more!) generations of resort families to proudly pose. The resort earns that generational dedication. While Mount Snow is known as a terrain park mecca thanks to the magic they
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Tremblant
Remember your passports, and expect to be satisfied if you venture north of the 49th parallel in search of a ski vacation that feels like Europe without the tiny beds and cutthroat lift queues. Quebecois culture? Beware of stereotypes, of course. Unl
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Jay Peak
Jay deserves to have a cult following just for the poutine at the Tram Haus bar alone. But in fact, Vermont’s northernmost resort earned its hardcore following long before its controversial EB-5 Foreign Investor Act–fueled explosion of slopeside luxu
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Mad River Glen
Mad River Glen will not be replacing its vintage 1948 Single Chair with a heated high-speed detachable bubble eight-pack. It will not be breaking ground on new luxury slopeside residences or massive indoor water park. It has not, as yet, been very ex
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Sugarloaf
Ready for a road trip? Ready to inject a little adventure into your Eastern ski vacation? Remote Sugarloaf, a towering snowcapped peak in the wilds of Western Maine, delivers. Getting there takes commitment: Turn left on yet another frost-heaved, sce
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Stowe
Vail buys Stowe: It was flabbergasting, blockbuster news for Eastern skiers last spring. For the first time in its eight-decade history, Stowe’s ski operations (not the hotels) would be owned by a ski resort company rather than insurance executives.
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Okemo
It might be symbolic that a “must do” while skiing at Okemo Mountain Resort is ordering up a tabletop S’more at the base. Because Okemo may just be the tabletop S’more of Eastern resorts: simple yet sublime; delightful in a kind of G-rated way; made
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Loon Mountain
Smooth. It’s a word that may just define Loon Mountain Resort. The smooth ride from greater Boston (“Easy access off the highway,” say many readers). The smooth corduroy the resort’s grooming team lays out, winning them the No. 5 rank for Grooming an
Ski Magazine3 min read
Kids
By the time Hatcher, his buddy, Quinn, and I reached the Nevada- California border, Doritos and Monster Energy farts saturated my nose-hairs, N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton hammered my eardrums, and I fantasized about driving 13 hours back to Colora