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The legend of Portillo’s Inca Lake 

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Legend has it that Portillo’s Inca Lake or Luguna del Incas is enchanted, and on some nights you can hear eerie, mournful cries across the Lake. The origin of these cries is fabled to come from the spirit of an Incan prince who lost his beloved bride. When the Incas ruled Northern Chile, they performed […]

El Nino expected to have positive effects on 2016 Chile snowfall 

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Two weeks ago, several Chilean ski resorts, including Portillo and Valle Nevado, were blessed with uber-early snow storms. Usually, premature snow isn’t cause to get all excited for an especially powdery ski season, but that’s not the case here. According to Direccion Meteorologia de Chile, Chilean ski resorts can expect more snow in 2016 than […]

2015-16: A ski season in photos 

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As green grass and flowers continue to poke through the melting snow snow in Ski Country, we can no longer pretend that spring isn’t here. We’ve been through the all the stages of denial (anger, bargaining and depression) and now that we’ve made it to acceptance, it’s time to reminisce about the all the joy […]

Add an Atacama adventure to your Chile ski trip 

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Red and rust-colored rock formations contrast with white salt flats while volcano peaks rise in the distance, making the Atacama Desert in northern Chile seem otherworldly. As one of the driest places on the plant, the Atacama has little human development, save for the small, rustic town of San Pedro de Atacama. For those who […]

Why you should spend your tax refund on a ski trip 

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According to the IRS, the average tax refund for 2015 is around $3,000*, which is a nice chunk of change to put towards an unforgettable ski trip in 2016-17. We know you have many choices when it comes to deciding what you’ll do with your tax return, but as skiers and snowboarders we also know […]

Colorado ski resorts extend closing day 

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Thanks to an extra 1.5-plus-feet snow in the last week at many Colorado resorts, extended-season announcements are starting to trickle in. Aspen Snowmass, Copper Mountain and Vail are among the first to report the good news, but we anticipate more announcements to come. Here are some more details on extended and closing-day dates. Aspen Highlands | […]

How to conquer closing day 

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That bittersweet time of year is upon us once again. Closing day marks the end of another awesome winter, which is cause to mourn the passing season and celebrate it. Most resorts host friendly competitions and/or base-area concerts and dance parties—often beer-enhanced. From costumes to throw-back-style skiing, participants in end-of-season revelry also have a range […]

Top ski resorts for closing day events 

World Pond Skimming Championships at Spring Back to Vail

Spring is a bittersweet time of year for us skiers and snowboarders. As the days get longer we’re reminded that winter is coming to a close. In less than a month most North American ski resorts will stop the bullwheel from turning for the season. But don’t fret, there’s still plenty of time to get […]

How to ski crud 

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Crud, tracked powder, mank, ungroomed, wind-affected, coral, crust…the list goes on. While these snow condition descriptors range in texture, temperature and snow depth, they can all be grouped into one category: variable. Sure, every skier and rider dreams of endless powder days, but the reality is that variable conditions are more commonplace, and sometimes just […]

Barrage of snow storms taking aim at Western U.S. + B.C. 

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If you’ve been holding out for a last-minute powder vacation, now is the time to start planning that trip. After nearly a month of warm, dry conditions*, Ski Country is welcoming a low pressure system that is expected to stick around for several weeks and bless Western resorts with abundant snowfall. Local and national forecasters […]

The best ski towns for dining in North America 

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For many travelers, enjoying good food in a new place is a hallmark of vacationing. Skiers and snowboarders who appreciate high-quality nosh don’t have to sacrifice their love of the mountains to their love of dining at these North American resorts: Aspen, CO Home to 100-plus restaurants and the Food & Wine classic for more […]

Who will fest the best at Breck Spring Fever 2016? 

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It’s no secret that Breckenridge offers spring skiers great late-season conditions and an abundance of soul-warming, smile-producing Colorado sunshine. It’s definitely a top destination if great weather and fresh snow are high on your spring-skiing must-haves, but what makes Breckenridge exceptional during the spring is its month-long event and concert festival, Spring Fever. From March 18 […]