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The Sour Cream Sierras

Thousands learned to ski at the famed “Borscht Belt” hotels in the Catskill Mountains of New York.  By Jeff Blumenfeld Starting in the early 1950s, hundreds of thousands of Americans learned to ski...

Paradise Lost

Finally perfected after 30 years, the carving ski failed to gain a popular following. In its place, we got a ski that has made resort slopes less safe.By Jackson Hogen For most of modern skiing’s...

Glen Plake: Evolution of a Rebel

At 55, Hall of Famer Glen Plake is an enduring—and iconic—ambassador for the sport of skiing, its downhome roots and honoring its past. By Edith Thys Morgan I’m talking tech with Glen Plake. Not ski...

Fast Start, Sudden Stop

World Pro Ski Tour draws star athletes but suffers short season due to COVID-19. The World Pro Ski Tour never got to the meat of its season, which would have seen seven-time gold medalist Ted Ligety...

Where are they now? John Lovett

He created the first mass-produced fiberglass cross country ski, and the biggest ski factory in Colorado. By Seth Masia Today, John Lovett leads a company that makes scientific instruments used to...

RARE PHOTOS: SUN VALLEY SKIER SHARES PIX FROM FRIEDL PFEIFER BOOK

Sun Valley Skier Shares Rare Find By David Butterfield In 1979, 18-year-old, Marc Corney, did his best to become a Sun Valley ski bum. He left his So Cal home of Glendora with high hopes of...

Marie Marvingt, Superhero

Marie Marvingt achieved fame as an aviator, but she was also a pioneering skier and inventor of an early aluminum ski. By Seth Masia   She’s famous in France, but nearly unheard of in North America....

The Soul of Sun Valley

Since 1977, the Holding family has transformed this historic Idaho resort while honoring its fabled past.  By David Butterfield On a February morning in 1977, Sun Valley executive Wally Huffman was...

Wax On, Wax Off: FIS bans fluoro waxes

FIS calls for a ban on all fluorinated waxes for next season. By Greg Ditrinco The International Ski Federation (FIS) surprised some ski-race insiders by calling for a ban on the use of all...

When Print Was King

 Long before the internet, influential newspaper columnists gave us up-to-date dispatches on where to ski, where to stay, and where the snow was best. By Jeff Blumenfeld Long before the internet took...

Jeremy Bloom

The high-flying, and at times bumpy, journey of freeskiing’s busiest athlete. By Edith Thys Morgan Jeremy Bloom is a planner…to a point. That point typically comes just when he launches towards his...

FIS President Kasper Ends His Long Run

Top exec will step down after five decades at the sport’s governing body.  Gian Franco Kasper, the president of the International Ski Federation (FIS), recently announced that he will step down this...

Is He the Greatest?

With his retirement, record-breaking 8-time overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria is arguably alpine ski racing’s GOAT. Or is he? By Patrick Lang Early in September of this year,...

Skiing High

Like an irresistible drug, racking up new descents keeps ski mountaineers looking for the highest high. Welcome to the brave new world of 8,000 meters and up. —Part 2By Jay Cowan Standing on the top...

Skiing champions quiz

Can you name these five skiers? Won both the Olympic downhill and the Olympic ski jump. First to win all the alpine events in a single Olympics. Won three Olympic golds and the overall World Cup in...
Avalanche in the Himalaya. Ilan Adler photo

Why's it called that? Avalanche

(photo by Ilan Adler) Heavy snowfalls this winter across the Northern Hemisphere led to record avalanches. For the 2018–19 season, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center reported 2,557 observed...

Skiing High

From the moment people figured out they could go downhill on skis and survive, they’ve been trying to be the first to ski from ever-higher mountains. Here are some of the biggest moments in first...

Excellence on the Escarpment

Small vertical, big results: A 750-f00t-high ridge in Ontario has spawned many of Canada’s Olympic and World Cup champions. By Lori Knowles Creative Canadian marketers call it the Blue Mountains but...

The World’s Weirdest Ski Lift

In a region of Norway rich with military history, skiers can ride a NATO train through a tunnel to the top of the mighty Gaustatoppen. BY JIMMY PETTERSON A few odd ski areas exist in a time warp—...

Ski Genius Marks 100th Birthday

Kitzbühel’s Karl Koller formalized short-ski instruction for beginners, reshaped children’s learning, fostered terrain-based teaching, and was a dominant force in Interski. By John Fry with Barbara...

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