Category archives for Skiing

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…

For More and More Runners, Ski Mountaineering Is Closing the Winter Fitness Gap

Why trail- and ultrarunners are spending their winters in ski boots. Just after sunset on March 20, 2016, endurance athletes Jason Schlarb, Scott Simmons, Paul Hamilton, and Noah Howell skinned to the edge of Cement Creek on the outskirts of Silverton, Colorado. They had completed all but the last two miles of their planned four-day…

Skiing Ja-Pow: Chasing Winter in Remote Japan

Our headlights ignite a furious vortex of snowflakes that races toward the windshield of our little Toyota HI eight-passenger van as we speed into the night and the thickening storm ahead. The road beyond the falling snow is barely distinguishable from the massive banks of white on either side of it, carved from the landscape…

Yurts, Yogis, and Cowboys: Skiing Away From the Modern World

It’s still dark, but I can hear him wrestling with the fire. I struggle, halfway between dreams and consciousness. It’s a late night, spent envisioning the wolf outside sniffing our yurt. We haven’t seen any wolves or any of their traces, but I can’t help my imagination—at night, it finds the wolf. In the morning…

Skiing Southern Colorado’s Powder Highway

The world is a swirling snow globe as I drive over Red Mountain Pass en route from Silverton to Telluride on day three of the Southern Colorado Powder Highway. Hands gripped to the steering wheel, I lean forward and squint, struggling to discern where the snow-coated hairpins blur to sheer drops. White-knuckled driving is a…

Got a Day Job to Get Back To? Nature Doesn’t Care.

There is such thing as too much nature, and this is what it looks like. That thought flashes through my mind as I wallow like a mired hippo in the bottomless snow. After losing speed on my splitboard in a spot where the angle flattens under piles of unsettled powder, I’m now hopelessly stuck. I…

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…

Opinion: A Neighbor’s Plea

Utah’s failure to enforce protections from coal-derived air pollution hurts the West. Last May, I stood on top of 13,824-foot Jagged Peak in Southwest Colorado’s Weminuche Wilderness, feeling good. My friends Ted and Christy Mahon and I had just completed the hundredth and final ascent of our Centennial Peaks Project, a seven-year effort to climb…

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…