Category archives for Skiing

Trekking to a Backcountry Skiing Eden

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…

Skiing Going to the Sun in Glacier National Park

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…

Olympians Worry About a Warming World

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…

Sochi Olympics: Ligety Goes Golden

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…

Sochi Olympics: A Hockey Triumph and Speed Woes

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,…

Sochi Olympics: The Medal Count so Far

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…

Sochi Olympics: Alpine Skiing Preview

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…

Open Roads: The X Games’ Influence on the Olympics

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…

Sochi Olympics: Russia Builds a Mountain

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.…