Adventure and conservation writer/photographer based in Missoula, Montana.

21-Year-Old Champion Snowboarder Dies in Avalanche

One of the best young snowboarders in the world died in an early-morning avalanche in the Swiss Alps yesterday. Twenty-one-year-old Estelle Balet was snowboarding on Le Portalet, a steep mountain in the Mont Blanc Massif above the village of Orsières in southwestern Switzerland, her home country, when she was caught by the avalanche and carried…

Bears Really Do Chase Skiers, But Is the Video Fake?

A young woman clips into her snowboard. She doesn’t notice the animal looming on the slope behind her. Singing along to the music in her headphones, she begins gliding down the mountain, unaware that she’s being followed. As she films herself singing merrily and making turns, a grunting bear charges after her from behind. She’s…

Watch Skiers Come Face-to-Face With a Snow Leopard

While leading a group of skiers through delectably deep snow in northern India—the region’s unique “curry powder”—backcountry ski guide David Marchi nearly collided with one of the rarest of the big cats, a snow leopard. Fortunately, the next skier, Australian Owen Lansbury, had a video camera mounted on his helmet and captured the scene moments…

Viral Skiing Video Captures Parents’ Nightmare—Here’s How to Survive a Tree Well

It’s every skiing parent’s nightmare—you finally get your little dude or dudette skiing powder in the woods when they go flying headfirst into a breath-smothering tree well. That’s exactly what happened to Winston Goss and his son Ethan. As seen in the video above, Ethan falls into a shallow tree well at Brundage Mountain Resort…

Skiing: The Great Canadian Road Trip of 2012 – Part #3 – Fernie, B.C.

In our ongoing effort to jam as much skiing as humanly possible into our Canadian skiing odyssey, we jumped in the car and started driving as soon as we finished skiing at Sunshine Village. Across the Continental Divide and south for four hours, we streaked to the skiing hamlet of Fernie, British Columbia, for our…

Skiing: The Great Canadian Ski Road Trip of 2012 #2 — Banff’s Lake Louise, Sunshine Village

The Japanese women appeared suddenly, smiling with their cameras and saying “excooz me” while I buckled my ski boots at the base of the Lake Louise ski area. Assuming they wanted me to take their picture, I smiled and said, “Sure,” only to have a woman lean into me with a huge smile and grab…

Skiing: The Great Canadian Ski Road Trip of 2012 – Revelstoke and Kicking Horse, B.C.

Writer Aaron Teasdale also wrote our World’s Best Ski Towns 2012 story. When winter fails to deliver the goods in the American Rockies, there’s always one thing powder-starved skiers can do: head north. From the reliably thick snowpack of interior British Columbia to the pristine slopes just over the Continental Divide in Alberta, the mountain…