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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…

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,…

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…

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…

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,”…

Only at the San Sebastián film festival can the director of a ski film sit down for an interview in a hotel lobby directly in between Oliver Stone and Diego Luna. That was where Dave Mossop found himself ahead of the world premiere of his latest visual feast, Into the Mind. Coming hot off the…

Sherry McConkey has spent the better part of the last year touring the world with a biopic of her husband, the professional skier and pioneering wingsuiter Shane McConkey who died in a ski-BASE jumping accident in 2009.  The movie, which she co-produced, hopes to set the record straight about the life and legacy of her…

About a year ago, I made the wild and—now that I look back at it—very wise decision to pack up my belongings and point my Subaru north. A few weeks earlier, my friends at Sweetgrass Productions had invited me to spend the winter in a place called “Valhalla,” otherwise known to mere mortals as Nelson, British Columbia.…

Gripped, edges in on the 60-degree slope, and terrified beyond my wits, it slowly occurred to me that skiing Denali’s Rescue Couloir had not been the best idea in these conditions. Looking down the gullet of Rescue from just below 17,000-ft. camp, the idea of descending through the thin chute, lined with jagged shale incisors…

Yesterday the trailer for VALHALLA (watch it on iTunes georiot.co/1ZKv), Sweetgrass Productions’ upcoming film, hit the Internet stiring much excitement and speculation from the ski/snowboard community. For the past two years, the Sweetgrass boys—Ben Sturgulewski, Zac Ramras, Michael Brown, and Nick Waggoner—have been stationed in Nelson, British Columbia, exploring what it means to find freedom in a place…

See more photos like these in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery >> Photographer Richard Hallman and skier Tommy Ellingson work together year-round, often at Mount Hood. “In order to get more and more creative, we spend a lot of time climbing high on the mountain, going to very hard-to-reach places,” says Hallman. “I summited Mount…

The draw of the distant and inhospitable peaks of this world is in my blood. My father Alex Lowe and now stepfather Conrad Anker have enough first accents, daring rescues, and cardinal accomplishments in the high mountains all over the world to outdo most anyone in the history of the climbing. For a young man…