Leah Fielding

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 […]

Tuckerman Ravine, a recreational history 

Tuckerman Ravine Hillman's Highway, Tuckerman Ravine Hellman's Highway

“Skiing down Tuckerman Ravine once is a fine experience,” deadpans Warren Miller, in his 1984 movie Ski Country, as a skier plummets perilously. “Skiing it twice is a dumb experience.” Miller was right in asserting that this famed New Hampshire backcountry route wasn’t for the faint of heart. Boasting pitches of 40 to 60 degrees, Tuckerman […]

A guide to Santiago, a colorful Chile ski-trip stopover 


Whether you’re skiing at Valle Nevado or Portillo this summer, you’re going to be traveling through Chile’s bustling, colorful capital: Santiago. An interesting city that dates back to 1541, Santiago is a mixing pot of indigenous, Old World Spanish and contemporary cultures. Both seasoned globetrotters and first-time international travelers will find that Santiago and the […]

Video: Closing Day fun in Jackson Hole | The Worker Wiggle 

Jackson Hole worker wiggle, Jackson Hole closing day

From the looks of the video below, the annual “Worker Wiggle” course at Jackson Hole enjoyed prime conditions over last weekend’s closing festivities. What’s this “Worker Wiggle” course, you ask? It all started in the mid ’90s when JHMR ski patroller “Big Wally” Mark Wolling set up evenly spaced black marking disks, aka “doingers,” in a […]