Leah Fielding

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 

how to ski crud

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 

Ajax Tavern

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? 

Spring Fever Park Jam

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 […]

Spring skiing forecast for Western U.S. 

NOAA

El Niño is winding down, but that doesn’t mean less snow, according to Onthesnow.com Warm Pacific water temperatures, indicative of a strong El Niño event, peaked around Christmas, and resulted in above normal snowfall for many Western ski resorts. Now, El Niño is beginning to cool and normal snowfall is expected to return. This means areas […]

Which ski resorts have 300+ inches of snow? 

Revelstoke snowfall

For many skiers and riders, snow conditions play a big part in determining where they’ll go on their ski trip. Abundant cumulative totals typically translate to a good base and allow vacationers to decide their destination with confidence. Plus, ample snowfall often means an extended season, so it’s possible to squeeze in a last-minute, late-season […]

Videos: A collection of cute avalanche dogs + puppies 

Avi Dogs, Avy Dogs, Avalanche dogs, rescue dogs, avalanche rescue dogs Colorado

As cute as rescue dogs can be, they’re also highly critical to resorts’ avalanche rescue teams. When it comes to finding skiers and riders buried without beacons or transceivers on, avalanche dogs can be the difference between life and death. Thanks to their acute sense of smell and ability to cover ground spanning a football […]

13 don’t-miss Whistler spring events + experiences 

Sundays at Seppos

Photo: Blake Jorgenson/Whistler Blackcomb Whistler Blackcomb has received the most snowfall during the 2015-16 winter to date across Ski Country—322 inches! All the snow is shaping up to provide skiers and riders with stellar spring conditions, and there’s plenty of winter left to bestow even more snow on the biggest ski resort in North America. […]

Why is there so much snow in Japan? 

Japan snow, Japan sea effect snow, Japan powder

If you’ve been keeping up with the latest and greatest ski and snowboard movies, you’ve probably noticed that more and more segments are being filmed in Japan. Sure, it’s exotic and not-your-average ski experience, but what’s the real reason these production companies are schlepping their gear to the far East? Snow! Lots and lots of […]

Top resorts for super bowl skiing 

bowl skiing in Breck

Photo: Daniel Milchev/Vail Resorts In celebration of the upcoming 50th NFL Super Bowl, we have highlighted our favorite stripe of bowls: the kind you ski down! Sure, our bowls may not come with record-breaking passes, exhilarating plays and bone-crushing hits, but bowl skiing is epic in its own way. Offering everything from open powder fields […]

5 reasons why March is the best time to learn to ski 

Buttermilk's Cliff House is a sun-basker's paradise. | Photo: Aspen Snowmass

Photo: Aspen Snowmass As skiers and riders, we know the first time on the snow is a monumental, defining moment. There’s a lot that goes into making your preliminary experience a good one, but the main assurances are having comfortable equipment rentals, an awesome instructor and ideal weather. You can have a good deal of […]