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If you’re sitting on a beach on Martha’s Vineyard, fly fishing in Wyoming or idling in the South of France right now, snow is probably the furthest thing from your mind. But if you’re a skier or snowboarder, and you’re pondering the idea of heading to the Alps during the

By Jules Older  From 1972 to 1986, I lived in New Zealand. In the winter of 1981, this normally peaceful country was torn asunder by, of all things, a rugby match. The government of the day had allowed the Springboks, apartheid South Africa’s national rugby team, to tour New Zealand,

By Neil Wolkodoff Each year, the Ski Industries of America show enables retailers to see and try all the new gear for the upcoming season. After scouring the show, the following are some nifty innovations that will make your ski life a little easier and more fun. ABOM ski goggles

  By Stevenson Swanson As I left the aerial tram at the summit of Jay Peak for the first time, I found myself engulfed in what I had assumed was a bit of fanciful local lore—the “Jay Cloud.” This is the meteorological phenomenon that is said to linger over the

By Kim McHugh Perhaps your spouse (partner, lover, main squeeze) is as fanatical as you are about racking up thousands of vertical feet. Or maybe you’re looking to boost his/her enthusiasm for skiing or snowboarding. So put your gear in the rack, slip in a John Legend CD and head

By Everett Potter Ski jackets have radically evolved in the last few years, thanks to advances in technical materials and designers who have a much stronger fashion sense than those of yore. Gone are the days when ski parkas made you look like one of the Michelin Man’s offspring. Contemporary

By Jules Older Fear: An unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. Frenemy: Someone with whom one is freendly despite a fundamental dislike or rivalry. Translation: We hate fear, but it can be our best friend. So, yes, fear

By Everett Potter Images courtesy of Kitzbühel Museum The Austrian ski town of Kitzbühel may be best known in skiing circles for challenges like the men’s World Cup downhill on the Hahnenkamm, one of the most dramatic courses in the sport. But those two minutes aside, it also happens to be

By Everett Potter It’s not an exaggeration to say that the Alta Lodge in Utah, which just celebrated its 75th birthday, is unlike any other ski hotel in the world. It resembles a 1940s prep-school dorm with Bauhaus touches—cement-block walls, mid-century industrial Bertoia chairs — but also has floor-to-ceiling windows

By David McKay Wilson My sons and I awoke on December 15 at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel complex to find a couple of inches of fresh powder on the slopes. Then my elder son, back from college on a semester break, opened his ski bag to discover what Santa