Leah Boucher

Top South American resorts are officially open for skiing 

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This weekend, it’s official! The two top South American ski resorts of Portillo and Valle Nevado will be fully operational. Valle Nevado turned on the bullwheel for skiing nearly a month early, due to awesome snow conditions, but had not yet opened up its hotel complex to overnight guests. Portillo is expecting great opening-day conditions […]

6 podcasts every skier should subscribe to 

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Perfect for flights, chairlifts or long road trips, podcasts [digitally recorded interviews or stories] are great travel companions. They’re also great during long stints in between skiing, i.e. summer, when you just really want to reconnect with your beloved sport and daydream about the white stuff. Warning: they also might induce intense ski cravings. Proceed […]

5 days in Vail: a first-timer’s guide 

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Photo: Vail Resort Boasting 5,289 acres, seven Back Bowls and three world-class base villages, with incredible restaurants, shopping and nightlife, Vail is brimming with on- and off-mountain experiences that make it especially magical for first-timer visitors. You’ll feel like the world is your oyster when staying at Vail, and it’s all within easy access thanks […]

What is the cheapest day to book a flight to the mountains? 

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Photo: Aspen Snowmass Late in 2016, Expedia and Airlines Reporting Corporation released the 2017 Global Air Travel Trends, an analysis of billions of data points to spot trends that the modern traveler can use to book with intelligence in 2017. The study unveiled several important nuggets for air travelers. Here they are: Average Ticket Prices (ATPs) continue […]

Squaw Valley is the place to be this spring + summer 

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It’s official, Squaw Valley is “The Capital of Spring Skiing.” Now boasting snowfall totals around 720-plus inches, Squaw Valley has has a stellar winter and spring. The ample snow is allowing the resort to stay open until July 4 and beyond. Spring and summer skiers are not only being treated to extra late turns, but […]

13 things you need to know about Portillo 

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If you’ve been musing over making your first South America ski trip happen this summer, it’s high time you brush up on your ski resort knowledge on one of Chile’s most popular destinations: Portillo. 1. It’s called “the cruise ship in the mountains” Photo: ©J.Selkowitz/SelkoPhoto While Portillo may not be the easiest place to get […]

Aspen Mountain will open for Memorial Day Weekend 

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Thanks to ample spring storms that dropped 18 inches in the past week, Aspen Skiing Company just announced it will open Aspen Mountain for skiing and riding Memorial Day weekend, May 27–29. This weekend will also mark the kickoff to summer operations on Aspen Mountain, which includes Silver Queen Gondola access to on-mountain sightseeing and […]

Video: skiing Portillo’s Super C 

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Accessed from the top of Roca Jack slingshot lift, Super C rewards those willing to make the challenging hike with 5,600 vertical feet of skiing and incredible snow conditions. Aspen-based, pro-skier Chris Davenport has skied at Portillo for the last 15 seasons and has conquered Super C 31 times, according to a Powder.com interview. Watch Davenport […]

What is snow golf? 

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Yes. It’s a real thing. According to Wikipedia, it’s…”a sport based on golf but played over snow (or ice) instead of grass. The “greens” are called “whites” and have a maintained snow or ice surface.” It’s also the perfect spring activity for mountain lovers/outdoor enthusiasts, combining the last reserves of winter’s bounty with an activity […]

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 […]

Thanks to deep snowpack Squaw might stay open until next winter 

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Squaw Valley is still reaping the rewards of a bountiful winter. The Lake Tahoe resort received nearly 60 feet of snow this winter, three of which fell last week. The ample snowpack means the resort is toying with the idea of continuing operations through the summer and fall, right into the start of the 2017-18 ski […]

Where we skied in 2016-17 

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Every spring we’re sad to say adieu to winter, but—like many skiers—we like to look back back on the season and all we experienced and skied. Here’s an Instagram roundup of winter destinations Ski.com staffers visited on our “FAM” or familiarization trips, which many of us take every year to deepen our knowledge of top […]