Leah Fielding

How to experience Banff National Park in the winter 

Established in 1885, Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest and most treasured national park. Home to soaring, rugged peaks, crystal-clear mountain lakes, pristine forests and a populous array of wildlife, Banff National Park is a top destination for the ski vacationer craving a scenic, outdoor-oriented getaway. Conveniently, the town of Banff and hamlet of Lake […]

Concierge Conversations: The Gant – Aspen, Colorado 

The Gant Aspen

Insider, local knowledge is key if you’re looking to tick off all the must-do activities, see all the highlights and have an authentic experience on your next ski trip. Locals are chock full of ideas and inspiration to make your ski trip unforgettable, so who better to tap for insider guidance, than the local lodging […]

5 Days in Banff Lake Louise: A first-timer’s guide 

Sunshine Village

Banff, Alberta is a soul-stirring place to visit. Here, the Canadian Rockies rise sharply to soaring heights and form a dramatic landscape as far as the eye can see. If that wasn’t enough, the many high-alpine lakes, including Lake Louise, feature breathtakingly vivid turquoise and blue waters. We can keep going. Banff is also home […]

How to ski powder 

how to learn to ski powder

Gliding through knee—or waist-deep—powder, whether it be in a blue-bird powder field or among trees while the snow gently falls, is easily the most glorious type of skiing. Many say it’s like experiencing heaven on earth; everything is white and you feel like you’re floating. It’s what keeps the initiated coming back for more every […]

Hokkaido’s snowsurf revolution 


Snowboarding, like all the other board sports, sprang from surfing and the pure, simple goal of sliding on earth’s many landscapes. Surfing has long been popular among Hokkaido, Japan natives, who have carved out a unique subculture among global surfers. A determined bunch, Hokkaido surfers chase seasonal swells around the island and are only rewarded […]

Red Mountain makes history with crowd-funded, ownership campaign 


In a ski-resort industry filled with record-breaking corporate mergers and acquisitions, Red Mountain, an independent, under-the-radar powder haven in Rossland, B.C., has become what they’re calling an “endangered species.” To preserve their spirit and individuality and keep focus on mountain lifestyle rather than base-area development and designer shopping, Red is tapping the skiing and snowboarding […]

An overview of popular Hokkaido ski resorts 

Hokkaido skiing, Hokkaido resorts, Niseko, Mt Yotei

If the lauded, bottomless powder that Japan is known for is your No. 1 reason for making the journey to the Far East, then you’re going to want to make the northern island of Hokkaido your final destination. Sure, Honshu (the main island) certainly receives its fair share of powder, but Hokkaido sits in the […]

Farmers’ Almanac forecasts cold, snowy winter for East Coast 

2017 Farmer's Almanac Winter Forecast

The New Farmers’ Almanac 2017 winter weather forecast was just released, and there’s some good news for snow-starved East Coast skiers. The booklet, which has been published since 1818, is forecasting a frigid, snowy winter for much of the U.S., but conditions are expected to be above average for the Northeast and New England, as […]

Everything you need to know for your first ski trip to Japan 

first Japan ski trip, Rusutsu ski resort, Rusutsu Japan

Whether Japan is brand new to your ski-trip radar or it’s been on your bucket list for a while, traveling to a completely new part of the world can feel a little daunting, no matter how adventurous you consider yourself. A ski trip to Japan is a markedly different experience than just about anywhere else […]

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 women’s ski and snowboard camps 

Telluride Women's Ski & Wellness Week 2017

Almost all major ski resorts offer women’s-specific ski camps and clinics and for good reason. They’re popular! These programs foster camaraderie and provide a positive, supportive environment for women to tackle technique or terrain that is entirely new or brush up on old skills. Here’s a roundup of the best women’s ski and snowboard clinics […]

5 ski resorts with reliable early season snow 

Mammoth early season, Mammoth El Nino, Mammoth opening dates

If you can’t wait for North America’s ski season to start, you’ll want to read about this! Not all snowy regions are created equal. Some ski resorts open earlier and have better early season conditions thanks to strong October and November storm tracks, higher elevations and superior snow-making systems. Of course there’s no way to […]