Category archives for Skiing

Idaho has more roadless territory than any other state in the lower 48, most of it mountainous.  One-hundred-fourteen different ranges make Idaho a backcountry ski and snowboard paradise.  Altitudes are mostly high enough to see precipitation in the form of snow during winter months, yet not so high and exposed to upper level winds that…

See our favorite classic, emerging, and secret ski towns. On March 1, the very first day of 38-year-old ski mountaineer Greg Hill’s own version March Madness—to climb and ski 100,000 vertical meters (300,000+ feet) in just 31 days—he took his two kids, ages 7 and 8, to their first summit on British Columbia’s 8,086-foot Mount Mackenzie.…

Armed with skis and professional-caliber mountain skills, the Shifting Ice and Changing Tides all-women team is set off last week on a human- and wind-powered skiing and sailing expedition to the West Coast of Greenland. The team, made up of professional skiers, scientists, and National Geographic Young Explorer Nat Segal, will be exploring Greenland and…

Mind Over Matter

“It takes a special person to think it’s a good idea to do what we do,” says 18-year-old freestyle aerialist Mac Bohonnon. Aerial skiing is inherently dangerous. Skiers bomb down a ramp at 40+ miles an hour, launch 50 feet into the air, and perform multiple flips and twists before landing on a steep slope. They…

The snow fell in a heavy blanket of silence. Fat, wet flakes floated down through the pines as we made our way along the sled trail. An hour before, I had rendezvoused with our group of friends in an empty parking lot four miles up an unplowed road from the last claim of civilization in…

In the empty parking lot of the Apgar visitor’s center on the west side of Glacier National Park we click into our skis, stick hand warmers in our gloves, and start gliding northeast, up Going to the Sun Road, which is sitting under several feet of snow. From July to September, Going to the Sun—the…

Taylor Rees is a part of Team Climate, a group of five masters students from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She and her peers have spent the last six months interviewing athletes on their experiences with climate change and its affects on the places where they train, live, and compete. They recently…

Ted Ligety’s middle name is “Sharp” and he was just that in his two giant slalom runs in Sochi on Wednesday. Favored headed into the penultimate men’s alpine event, Ligety justified that label in his very first run, establishing a huge one-second lead that was insurmountable on Sochi slopes that have proven slow through the…

Ice is a slippery place to ply your trade. As the Sochi Olympics reached their midway point on Saturday, the U.S. stood tied with the Netherlands for second in the overall medal standings with 14, behind only host Russia’s 15. But these results are striking as much for the country’s shortcomings in its favored events,…

The U.S. has more qualifying athletes at this year’s Winter Games than any other competing country. But as of Wednesday evening, they were falling behind much smaller countries in the overall medal count. With 230 total athletes, the U.S. has more representatives than host Russia (226) and Winter Games mainstay Canada (221), with Germany (153),…

Sochi Olympics: Surprises So Far

If Twitter were an Olympic event, a 20-year-old Canadian college student deserved Sochi’s first gold. Alex Broad, a journalism student at Centennial College in Toronto, is the voice behind the @sochiproblems Twitter account, a viral sensation borne from the many oddities and inconveniences that faced Olympic athletes and reporters upon their arrival in the Russian…

Vermont-based writer Christian Camerota will be writing about the Sochi Olympics throughout the Games. Follow his coverage. Between the beauty at the top of the mountain and the glory that lies at the bottom, that’s where ski racers are made. The pros make alpine skiing look easy. Tucks and turns and times, and that’s it. But…

Last week the pin dropped on Highway 82 in Aspen, Colorado, the mountain kingdom of fun. The X Games were back in town, celebrating their 20th anniversary, showcasing the world’s best snowboarders, skiers, and snowmobilers in the most progressive competition formats. Record crowds showed up to watch athletes from 20 different countries compete one last…

Vermont-based writer Christian Camerota will be writing about the Sochi Olympics throughout the Games. Follow his coverage. One of the chief characters in the Sochi Olympics drama that’s about to unfold is not like the others. It has a cold exterior, several different faces, an unforgiving nature. Oh yeah, and it’s only seven years old.…

For two months, I have traveled over 300 hours in the Colorado winter backcountry with one mission: to learn how we can all travel safer in avalanche territory. Statistically speaking, I should have already had some idea. Winter backcountry guides love to joke that women make smarter, less “ego-driven” decisions regarding avalanches and snow travel,…

See more photos like these in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery. “It’s always a challenge to wake up and climb in the dark, but the glow of sunrise makes it all worthwhile. These are the moments I live for,” says Utah-based, big-mountain skier Caroline Gleich of this moment on the south ridge of Mount Superior…

The best way to get kids outside, and encourage their sense of adventure, is to go with them. No adventure is too small if it awakens something within. Introducing a child to the world of adventure is one of the most rewarding things one can do.  As someone who has hiked, biked, skied, and climbed all…

Vermont-based writer Christian Camerota will be writing about the Sochi Olympics throughout the Games. Follow his coverage. The 2014 Winter Olympics will be a series of firsts. It will be the first time the Russian Federation, formed after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, has hosted an Olympics (the last Olympics held in any…

The Hahnenkamm in Kitzbuhel, Austria, is recognized as the world’s most difficult and feared downhill ski race. Skiers are pushed to their physical and mental limits as they kick out of the starting gate and instantly accelerate to 60 mph before launching over 100 feet through the air. The ‘Streif’ is relentless from start to…

See our dispatches from the Powder Highway Road Trip >>There is nothing like a good road trip to set the mind free.  Just step on the gas and let adventure be your guide. For those passionate about snow-covered mountains there is no better route than the Powder Highway.  This remote path in southeastern corner of British Columbia…

Girls ski too, you know. But when it comes to action sports movies, that fact isn’t always made clear. Big-mountain pro skier Lynsey Dyer aims to change that by making a film of her own. With the ambitious goal of inspiring more women to take on steep alpine terrain, she’s putting together an all-star team…

What does it take to ride the world’s most daunting and dangerous waves? Or walk from Siberia to Australia—completely alone? Our 2014 Adventurers of the Year have pushed boundaries, gone to the extremes, and broken world records. What would you ask them, if you had the chance? Get ready, here’s your opportunity. We will host our…

Navigations: The Path of Apprenticeship

Read Mark Jenkins’s previous “Navigations” essays. I glide through the forest. As I sink into each turn, the powder rolls up my thighs. My skis carve crescents through the open firs, neither fast nor slow but with ease, like a looping stroke of calligraphy. This is my third ski tour in Yellowstone. Today I skied…

Summer skiing … is it even possible? Yes! Leave it to Sweetgrass Productions to dream up this mind-bending, feel-good summer skiing segment in their award-winning feature film Valhalla (available on iTunes). We have been eager to share this scene since we first saw it months ago. Today you can marvel at the beauty, style, creativity,…

See more photographs like this in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery. “I was grinning ear to ear from the amount of fun I was having and just starting to plan where I would need to get on the brakes before hitting the steep trench left by runoff at the bottom of this line,”…