Life is Better…On a High Speed Lift

family lift ride solitude

  For at least a decade, I’ve complained about the main lift at a nearby resort. I grew up skiing Powderhorn Mountain Resort, and while I’m loyal to this small resort’s amazing glades and often-deep powder, the 13 minute lift ride (sans footrest) made me crazy. Like many skiers and snowboarders, I’ve come to expect high […]

Go. Play. The Forests Are Calling.

ski go play

Just over 100 years ago, in March 1915 to be exact, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Term Occupancy Act, a law that would eventually shape how and where we ski in the United States. Also known as the Occupancy Permits Act of 1915, the law provided a permitting process for summer homes and recreational resorts […]

An Unofficial, Totally Random List of the Best Bump Runs in North America

bumps mary jane ski

Last week, I posted a totally random, unofficial and completely non-scientific list of North America’s favorite groomed runs, as determined from responses on social media. Today, I’m excited to unveil the Bumps portion of our poll. If You’re Thinking Bumps, You’re Thinking Colorado  At first, I thought something must be wrong. Almost every response we got from queries […]

Skiing Snowmass With Teens

snowmass elk camp

  When your children are young it’s easy to find great family ski resorts. Most resorts offer extensive programs for 12-and-unders, including learn to ski and ride classes, day care, craft parties, game nights and so on. It’s different with teens. They are less likely to jump feet first into anything, although most of them are […]

It’s Good to Be Austrian at the Alpine World Ski Championships

podium women's downhill

We were told to party with the Austrians. And while there are Austrians everywhere in Vail and Beaver Creek right now, the first two we met were all business. Waiting in a short lift line during the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, we were joined by Otte and Matthias. Bundled up in bright blue and green uniforms […]