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What’s new in ski country for the 2014/15 season? 

The new Punta Helbronner cable car station will be the highest structure on Mont Blanc when the project is completed in spring 2015.

We’ve compiled an alphabetical index of what’s new in ski country—worldwide—this coming season. Updates range from spankin’ new state-of-the art lifts and energy-efficient snowmaking equipment to high-alpine zip lines and scrumptious new restaurants. Scroll down to see if you’ll be experiencing some “newness” on your ski vacation this year. Aspen, Colorado This summer the contemporary […]

More Snow in Europe: up to 43 inches reported 

40 cms fell on Avoriaz during the night of Nov. 5 | Photo: Avoriaz Ski Resort

Another big storm is bearing down on ski resorts in the French, Swiss and Italian Alps, and we’re seeing some impressive photos of the resulting accumulations. The storm started on Tuesday and has already outperformed the original forecast. Read on to see which resorts received the biggest snow totals so far. Flakes flew in downtown Chamonix the […]

Update: where is it snowing? 

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Last week was a big one for early-season snow! European ski resorts across the Alps received their first big snowfall, and North American ski resorts were prepping for big storms over the weekend. As we settle into Monday morning, here’s a recap of where the snow fell over the weekend and which ski resorts are […]

Ski resorts in the Alps receive first big snow 

St Anton, buried on Oct. 23

You’ve probably been asking the same question that has been on our minds: is it snowing in the Alps? Yes! Ski resorts across the Alps received their first major snow storm of the season. Flakes started to fall early Wednesday morning in the northeastern Alps, and the storm quickly tracked across Europe, passing through Switzerland and […]

The most beautiful mountain lakes in ski country 

There is no shortage of alpine lake views in the Mammoth Lakes area. Located in the Ansel Adams Wilderness, Garnet Lake is pictured here. pc: Marty B/Flickr

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Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada The breathtaking glacial Lake Louise shares its name with neighboring Lake Louise ski resort, which is famous for its incredible views and for annually hosting the World Cup alpine races  in late November to early December. Spending time next to one of the world’s most beautiful mountain lakes is especially easy […]

Atop the Jungfraujoch: Snow, Chocolate and… Tennis? 

Chocolate Heaven Switzerland

What do US ski racer Lindsey Vonn, Swiss tennis champion Roger Federer and the Alps have in common? They were all part of a surreal scene set up by Swiss chocolate makers Lindt & Sprüngli as part of the opening of Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven, a chocolate shop at the top of Europe. According to a […]

5 Awesome Ski Resorts for Mountain Biking in Europe 

Passo di Gavia in Bormio, Italy. pc: will_cyclist/Flickr

If you’ve ever skied in the Alps, Dolomites or Pyrennes mountains of Europe, you’ve experienced some of the world’s most beautiful mountains. Europe’s s high-alpine, above treeline peaks and see-forever meadows are breathtaking in the winter months, but in the lush summertime these places are truly magical. The iconic peaks, like the Matterhorn, Eiger and […]

Top Vintage Ski Posters Every Skier Should Own 

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It’s all about keeping yourself busy in the off season. Mountain biking and hiking are great summertime activities, but if you’re looking for a new hobby to keep you occupied consider starting a collection of vintage ski posters. These nostalgic gems once graced magazines as far back as the early 1920s; they’re classic insignia of […]

2013-2014 Ski Season Recap 

13-14 Ski Season Recap

It’s bittersweet to post this 2013-2014 ski season recap, but most of the northern hemisphere’s resorts have stopped turning their lifts and are preparing for summer adventures and festival season. There are a few places where you can still ski, like Snowbird (open until May 26), Mammoth (open until May 26), Banff and Lake Louise […]

2013/14 Top Ski Resort Photos on Instagram 

top ski resort photos 13/14

It’s that time of year. The time when we look back longingly on another great ski season. We know we can speak for many when we say we enjoyed our share of deep powder days, sun-blessed groomer cruisin’ afternoons and laughable end-of-season antics. With hundreds of unforgettable experiences this winter, it was hard to decide […]

A 10-day trip to Italy’s Aosta Valley 

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Home of 31 14th to 18th century castles, Roman ruins, world-class ski resorts and two of Europe’s most iconic peaks, Italy’s Aosta Valley is brimming with unforgettable attractions. The Aosta Valley is located in the northwestern corner of the Italian Alps and is the least populous region in all of Italy. The Aosta Valley is […]

Where can you ski in May? 

Spring skiing in Aspen

It has been a great winter for resorts across North America and Europe, yet many have closed for the season. If you’re not ready to swap your skis or snowboard for your mountain bike or hiking shoes, here are the best resorts where you can ski in May thanks to deep snowpacks, north-facing slopes and […]

Skiing Chamonix’s Vallée Blanche 

Vallee Blanche hike

Regarded as one of the most iconic off-piste descents in the Alps, the Vallée Blanche is a 20-kilometer tour across an expansive glacier surrounded by truly spectacular Alpine scenery. On a trip to Chamonix during the last week of March, we skied the famed valley on a bluebird day with more than two feet of new […]

Best Ski Resorts for Romance 

Telluride's Alpino Vino is one of the best places to clink glasses with your darling. pc: Telluride Resort

There’s nothing more romantic — at least in our opinions — than heading to the mountains for a high alpine respite with your dearest. A romantic ski trip provides couples with privacy they can’t experience on other vacations, plus, a laundry list of winter activities to experience side-by-side and, of course, plenty of opportunities to cozy up to […]

New Year, new snow for the Alps 

Fresh snow in St. Moritz, St. Moritz ski trip, St. Moritz ski vacation

The  new year has brought new snow for the Alps. European resorts have been experiencing a good start to winter with several snow storms between Christmas and last weekend.  Base depths already approaching 100 inches of snow. Much of the Alps were blessed with six to 10 inches last weekend—Swiss ski resorts Saas Fee and […]

The best chairlifts, trams, funitels and funiculars at ski resorts worldwide 

The best chairlifts, trams, t-bars, funitels and more

Yes, the downhill rush is why we all love skiing and snowboarding, but these days a ski vacation can include some pretty exciting modes of transportation. Today we toast all the machines that move you up the mountain, from chairlifts and t-bars to trams, funitels and funiculars. Chairlifts   Surely you’ve ridden many chairlifts on […]