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Dream of a white winter on Black Friday 

Aspen Snowmass family ski vacation

Instead of bargain hunting at the big box stores on Black Friday, we hope you reflect on your most rewarding purchases, which probably didn’t come in a shiny package. In our minds, a well-planned family ski vacation is the most gratifying expenditure. A family ski trip is not the easiest nor the most affordable type […]

Top Christmas markets near ski resorts in the Alps 

Kitzbuehel Christmas Market

Just like skiing, many Christmas past-times, including decorated fir trees and gingerbread houses, have historic roots in the Alps. Many of these traditions can be traced back to Christmas Markets, four-week Advent celebrations in the Alps, specifically in Austria and Germany. Some of these markets date back as far as the 13th Century. Today, you […]

New James Bond 007 Spectre movie filmed in Soelden, Austria 

Spectre filmed in Soelden

Many movie-going skiers and snowboarders have been delighted to learn that many scenes from the 24th James Bond 007 film, Spectre, were shot in Soelden, Austria, a top ski resort in the Tyrol region. In fact, the resort’s ultra-modern Ice Q restaurant, located high on Gaislachkogl peak, was heavily featured in the film. Several other […]

5 days in Whistler: A first-timer’s guide 

Whistler Blackcomb sunrise

Based on all the calls, emails and chats we receive day in and day out, we can put some stock behind saying Whistler is a one of Ski Country’s most sought-after destinations. Since Whistler Blackcomb is the largest ski resort in North America and SKI magazine’s No. 1 rated, it’s not hard to understand why. […]

Lake Tahoe sees over a foot of new snow in 3rd Sunday storm 

Mammoth new snow

Another big storm hit the West Coast over the weekend and dropped more than a foot of new snow to some Lake Tahoe ski resorts. The latest storm marks the third consecutive Sunday snow storm in November. The past two storms have brought anywhere from two to three feet at high elevation areas, allowing several […]

Trip Report: A first timer goes heli skiing with Selkirk Tangiers 


Heli skiing has been on my bucket list for years now. I caught the heli bug at age 12 as I enviously flipped through photos of my Dad’s “boy’s trip” to Panorama, which included a day of heli skiing. In those days, I was ski racing four days a week on a small, icy hill in […]

Best of: Whistler Blackcomb’s steeps 

expert skiing on Whistler Mountain

As North America’s Big Kahuna, Whistler Blackcomb has no shortage of satisfyingly steep terrain for advanced and expert skiers and riders to sink their edges into. To be more exact, seasoned schussers have about 2,200-plus acres of challenging terrain to explore at Whistler Blackcomb, out of 8,171 total acres. That’s more black and double-black terrain […]

Ski resorts announce early opening days 

Big White ski resort

With back-to-back storms streaming across North America, we’ve seen a flurry of early-opening announcements. The latest U.S. ski resort to announce an early opening day is our backyard ski area, Aspen Mountain, which will open for two days of early skiing and riding on Nov. 14 and 15. This post was updated on Nov. 19 […]

Videos: 3 resorts open for the season 

Big Sky early opening day

Over the weekend, three of our favorite ski resorts cranked up their chairlifts and opened their runs for skiers and snowboarders! Keystone opened for the season on Nov. 6 with an 18-inch base at mid-mountain. Two out of three Banff and Lake Louise ski resorts opened with Mt. Norquay dropping the rope on Nov. 5 and […]

10 ways to upgrade your Whistler ski vacation 

Whistler heli skiing

Thanks to favorable exchange rates, U.S. skiers can save an extra 20% on a Whistler ski vacation this season. So what will you do with that extra money? You have two options: one, put the money into a savings account for next year’s ski trip, or two, make your Whistler ski vacation your best ski […]

Get ready for ski season with après-ski 101 


For the newbies and uninitiated, après-ski is a longstanding ski tradition, hailing from the Alps. It means “after ski” in French and references “social activities after a day of skiing” according to Merriam Webster. It’s celebrated a little differently across Ski Country, depending on local liquor and culture, but it generally includes adult beverages and/or a […]

Winter’s first big storm hits ski resorts across West 

November snow at Revelstoke

While you turned back your clocks last weekend, winter’s first big storm started to move across the West, bringing snow to Canada, California, Wyoming, Montana and Colorado.  Scroll down to see storm updates and new-snow photos from ski resorts in the Western U.S. Note: Most ski resorts don’t post snow totals until after they’ve opened for the […]