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El Nino 2015 could be even bigger than 1997-98, experts say 

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NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) latest El Niño update on their ENSO blog details data showing that the 2015 El Niño is shaping up to be an all-time climate event—and suggests it could be the “Bruce Lee” of El Niños. Putting something on par with Bruce Lee—especially when it’s coming from a government agency—is not to be taken lightly. […]

The best hikes for jaw-dropping views of the Matterhorn 

Riffelsee Lake Matterhorn, Matterhorn Zermatt, hiking in Zermatt, hiking the Matterhorn

Today, 150 years ago, the British climber Edward Whymper and his rope team reached the 14,692-foot (4478-meter) summit of the Matterhorn. These days, climbing the Matterhorn is much easier than it was in 1865 thanks to lighter, more advanced equipment, but it’s still no simple task. Commemorate this incredible human feat by experiencing the stunning […]

Snow report: where did it snow in South America? 

Looking up toward the Roca Jack at Portillo

Snow forecasting websites as well as skiers and snowboarders were buzzing late last week as weather models pointed toward a massive storm heading to Chile and Argentina. The predictions were colossal with some sites forecasting 100-plus inches at resorts like Portillo. South America’s ski season has been slow to start this year, but skiers and snowboarders who frequent Southern Hemisphere […]

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 

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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 […]

Ski resorts are prime wildlife viewing destinations 

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One of the best parts of a summer mountain vacation is the wildlife viewing opportunities. Most ski resorts are located on or bordering national parks or Forest Service land, making them prime destinations for spotting herds of elk, families of bears, majestic moose or soaring eagles. Animals come out of hibernation or migrate to lush […]

Three adventures to add to your Portillo ski trip 

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New this season, Portillo skiers and snowboarders can book mini ski weeks, three- or four-night stays with the same all-inclusive components as a typical, seven-day ski week. For American travelers, these mini weeks unlock a lot of itinerary options on a 10-day getaway. If you can escape for two weeks, the Andes hold endless adventures! Portillo […]

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 […]

Ski resorts open trails for summer 

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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 […]

What does it mean to be a “ski mom?” 

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In celebration of Mother’s Day, we’d like to recognize all the “ski moms” who have schlepped gear, wiped noses, brewed hot cocoa and passed on their love of skiing (or snowboarding) to the next generation. We have quite a few ski moms at Ski.com (plus a couple ski dads), and we asked them to reflect upon what […]