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Leah Fielding

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 

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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? 

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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 […]

#BroncosNation has taken over Colorado Ski Country 

Aspen Snowmass Broncos

In solidarity for the Broncos in last Sunday’s AFC Championship game, a lot of Coloradan skiers and snowboarders donned their blue and orange duds and took to the slopes to schuss up some good juju for their beloved team. As fellow Coloradans, we’d like to think the good vibes carved up by the super fans […]

7 heli skiing myths debunked 

Telluride Helitrax

Photo: Whistler Heli-Skiing A heli trip is considered the pinnacle ski or snowboard experience. It’s a big deal! Think about it. You get to ride in a helicopter—which is awesome on its own—to hundreds of thousands of untouched acres of powder in awe-inspiring mountain settings. Since it’s the Big Kahuna of ski vacations, we understand […]

X Games dictionary: freeskiing tricks explained 

X Games trick list, X Games trick definitions, X Games trick dictionary

Whether you’ve been watching the X Games since 1997 or are a newcomer to the gravity-defying world of freeskiing, the chances are likely that you’ve heard the announcers rattle off some mumbo-jumbo about a halfpipe or slopestyle stunt that might as well be in Swahili. With more than 30 tricks and a variety of styles, […]

Locals’ tips for an Aspen Snowmass spring break ski trip 

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Spring Break in the mountains is all about soft snow (whether it’s fresh or slush), sun-drenched patios providing epic vistas and lots of parties. With a stacked spring events calendar, including the Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series, four different resorts to choose from and some of Ski Country’s best on- and off-mountain party scenes, Aspen […]

How to ski Snowmass’ extreme terrain 

Along the Wall you can send some small to large cliffs. | Photo: Jeremy Swanson/Snowmass

Thanks to its varied terrain offerings and gentle green and blue runs, Snowmass enjoys wide renown as a family-friendly ski area, but it flies under the radar as an expert’s mountain when in fact 47 percent (1,566 acres) of the terrain is rated advanced to expert. Moreover, a large portion of the high-alpine terrain is […]