The Snow Hunters: Pandemic Disruption, History and Powder Skiing in China’s Altai Mountains

It was snowing heavily when a group of North American skiers and riders arrived in the secluded village of Khom, China, tucked in the Altai Mountains, this past January. “To go on a ski trip to one of the most remote places you can get to and have it snow the whole time? It seemed like a perfect scenario,” says British Columbia-based filmmaker Chris Winters. Too bad a global pandemic upended their plans, as Megan Michelson shows in this story from Issue 135.