Community-Supported Skiing’s New Golden Era

I came to Vermont searching for buried treasure. It was the late 1980s, and I had heard about legendary ski trails that were cut in a previous era. Clutching a tattered map, I rooted around the snow looking for the top of the Teardrop Trail on Mt. Mansfield. The trail had been cut in 1937 by the Civilian Conversation Corps, the Depression-era jobs program that sent unemployed city men to the countryside to do public-works projects.

2019 Testers’ Choice: Marca Hagenstad’s Picks

It’s not all fun and games at Gear Test Week. Our 43 testers—32 skiers and 11 splitboarders—hit the slopes at Utah’s Powder Mountain with the dawn’s early light and don’t go to bed ’til the day’s reviews are complete. From carving smooth powder turns to busting through crud and shredding corduroy, each tester aims to […]

2019 Testers’ Choice: Chris Cloyd’s Picks

From the 236 products we ran up and down the mountain, each tester nominated their personal favorites. Here are their picks and profiles, so you know who’s doing the dirty work and what they liked best.

2019 Testers’ Choice: Eric Tiffany’s Picks

From the 236 products we ran up and down the mountain, each tester nominated their personal favorites. Here are their picks and profiles, so you know who’s doing the dirty work and what they liked best.

Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison make first full descent of 27,940-foot Lhotse

On Sunday, September 30, ski mountaineers Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison made the first ski descent of Lhotse, one of Nepal’s famous 8,000-meter peaks, looming at 27,940 feet and the fourth tallest in the world.

2019 Testers’ Choice: Jacob O’Connor’s Picks

From carving smooth powder turns to busting through crud and shredding corduroy, each tester aims to test eight products per day, a task that provided us with more than 1,100 individual review to craft the 2019 Gear Guide, available now and packed with tester feedback.

2019 Testers’ Choice: Maria Riek’s Picks

It’s not all fun and games at Gear Test Week. Our 43 testers—32 skiers and 11 splitboarders—hit the slopes at Utah’s Powder Mountain with the dawn’s early light and don’t go to bed ’til the day’s reviews are complete.

“Dudeville” by J.D. Kleinke evokes the glory days of ski bumming

When I was a high schooler, my brother and I dreamed of moving to some Western ski town, to leave behind our East Coast lives of skiing ice for those mountains of powder and double black diamond extremes. And, one after the other, we did that, each of us going to college at Western State College and skiing Crested Butte during the early to mid-1990s. We lived the ski dream until, one by one, moved away from the Rocky Mountains for work. First my brother moved to New Jersey. Years later, I moved to Michigan for a university job.

2019 Testers’ Choice: Cat Ambrose’s Picks

From the 236 products we ran up and down the mountain, each tester nominated their personal favorites. Here are their picks and profiles, so you know who’s doing the dirty work and what they liked best.

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