Life is Better…On a High Speed Lift

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  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 […]

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

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I don’t care how much you love powder, bumps or chutes, there are times when nothing inspires so much as ripping perfect corduroy. In the spirit of finding North America’s best groomed runs, Liftopia.com and I put requests on social media for skiers and riders to share their favorites. Our sample was totally random, totally […]

Skiing Snowmass With Teens

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  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 […]

Telemark Ski Racing Coming to Steamboat, Colorado

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Ever heard of a reipelykkje? Although it looks like a word a toddler might type on a keyboard, it’s actually a Norwegian ski racing term. Literally translated as “knot of rope,” a reipelykkje (pronounced rap-oh-lusha) is a large, 360-degree banked turn. It’s an element in telemark ski racing. Ever heard of telemark ski racing? Read […]

Vail, Colorado: Tips for Skiing this Massive Mountain

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Does the world really need another article about Vail? Probably not. But after an eye-opening three-day visit in early January, I can’t help myself. As everyone on the planet knows, Vail is one of the biggest, most famous resorts in the world. To some, Vail conjures up happy memories of sun-drenched days exploring the 3,000 acre […]