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Leah Fielding

El Nino 2015 could be even bigger than 1997-98, experts say 

1997vs2015

NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) latest El Niño update on their ENSO blog details data showing that the 2015 El Niño is shaping up to be an all-time climate event—and suggests it could be the “Bruce Lee” of El Niños. Putting something on par with Bruce Lee—especially when it’s coming from a government agency—is not to be taken lightly. […]

The best hikes for jaw-dropping views of the Matterhorn 

Riffelsee Lake Matterhorn, Matterhorn Zermatt, hiking in Zermatt, hiking the Matterhorn

Today, 150 years ago, the British climber Edward Whymper and his rope team reached the 14,692-foot (4478-meter) summit of the Matterhorn. These days, climbing the Matterhorn is much easier than it was in 1865 thanks to lighter, more advanced equipment, but it’s still no simple task. Commemorate this incredible human feat by experiencing the stunning […]

Best of: Vail’s groomers 

Photo: Jack Affleck/Vail Resorts

In our “Best of” series, we’re tapping our knowledgable Mountain Vacation Specialists to help us pull together top trails in the terrain category (beginner offerings, groomers, moguls, steeps, powder, etc.) each ski resort is known for having the best of.  For skiers and snowboarders who yearn for perfectly ridged, soft corduroy, Vail is one of […]

A first-timer’s guide to stand up paddle boarding in the mountains 

SUP Mt Sopris, Stand up paddleboard Roaring Fork River

Stand up paddle boarding, or SUP, is a highly popular water sport along coastal communities, but it’s also taking the High Country’s alpine lakes and rivers by storm and quickly becoming one of the most sought-after summer mountain activities. If you’re planning on visiting the mountains this summer, a SUP excursion is probably already on […]

Top 7 Western mountain towns for 4th of July fireworks 

Fourth of July Park City, 4th of July Park City

An enduring symbol of core U.S. values, the American West is still wild, bold and free, and this is especially true in mountain towns. We know from closing day shenanigans and annual spring events that ski towns really know how to throw a party. Celebrate the birth of America this year among “purple mountain majesties” at […]

Experience the best summer activities at these 9 resorts 

Jackson Hole summer, summer in Jackson Hole

Summer in the mountains is just as action-packed and fun-filled as it is when blanketed in winter’s white stuff. For this reason, an increased number of ski resorts are investing in providing a venue for and access to warm-weather mountain activities. To help you experience the cream of the crop, we compiled a list of […]

Mountain bike parks in North America open for summer 

Downhill Mountain Bike Resorts, Downhill Mountain Biking, Snowmass biking, Snowmass trails, Snowmass Valhalla

Chances are if you enjoy the mountains in the winter, you’re going to be blown away in the summer. Just imagine, snow-capped peaks set to brilliant fields of colorful wildflowers. Pretty dreamy, huh? In that same vein of thought, if you’re a fan of zooming down mountains in the winter, than you’re going to fall […]

Ski resorts open trails for summer 

mountain biking at ski resorts

Over the next three weeks many ski resorts will open their summer mountain biking and hiking trails. There’s no better way to beat the summer lowland heat than heading up to the crisp mountain air. A summer vacation to your favorite ski resorts is a great option, especially if you’re looking for a full docket of outdoor […]

El Nino 2015 is here 

1997 El Nino Chile

Great news, powderchasers: El Nino is here. Forecasters speculated that El Nino could have arrived during summer 2014 and perhaps make an appearance during winter 2014-15, but—as you skiers and snowboarders know—that didn’t happen. In March, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed we are in an El Nino cycle, and just last week, […]

Top ski types for tackling Valle Nevado’s terrain 

Rossignol 2015

When skiing an unfamiliar resort, advanced knowledge of the terrain and conditions will enhance your ski vacation and give you the intel needed to select proper equipment. To help you determine which schuss sticks are best for tackling Valle Nevado and the interconnected Tres Vallees’ 7,000 acres, we tapped our friends at Rossignol to help […]

Videos: 2014-2015 ski season recap 

Breckenridge 2014-15 season recap

By now, most of North America’s ski resorts have stopped spinning their lifts, which means it’s time to look back and reminisce on another ski season well had. In case you weren’t able to visit all of your favorite ski resorts this year (perhaps a New Year’s resolution for 2016?), we curated a video collection of […]

11 surprising things about Valle Nevado 

skiing Valle Nevado, ski Valle Nevado

Situated at 9,839 feet in the Andes Mountains and all above treeline, Valle Nevado is Chile’s most popular—and largest—ski resort, yet there are some key things about this impressive destination that remain undiscovered to North American skiers and snowboarders. To help educate you, we compiled a list of lesser-known facts about Valle Nevado. 1. The […]