Utah

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 Larry Olmsted For most ski resorts, adding a single lift, a handful of new trails, or a lodge is a major single season expansion – and one that’s usually announced and publicized a year or two in advance. That’s what makes the biggest story in skiing this year, the

by Kim McHugh As reported in an earlier post, skiers and snowboarders aren’t content any longer to just cruise down the trails on their mountain vacations. Indeed, many resort visitors find relaxing in a quiet room, getting a massage, enjoying a facial or experiencing a host of body therapies (think

By Cathie Arquilla I am a graceful skier.  I like to make pretty turns on groomed runs that are not too steep, not too bumpy. As for powder skiing, I have very limited experience with it.  But there’s no reason to concern oneself with powder skiing at the beginning of

by Kim McHugh Photos courtesy Wasatch Powderbird Guides It is quiet now except for an occasional ooh and aah. Minutes ago, a Wasatch Powderbird Guides helicopter set our group on a thin ridge across from Alta and Snowbird. A cloudless sky and glades of untracked powder awaited our descent. The guide

by Kim D. McHugh “Que la vie est belle,” proclaims your host. “Bon appetit!” With that, you toast the good life before devouring a French supper worthy of a five-fork rating. So you’ve taken a ski vacation to France? No, Taos, New Mexico. You are the guest of Jean Mayer,

By Everett Potter The next time you’re standing in your K2’s atop Aspen Mountain, ready to make a descent down Copper Bowl, temper the adrenalin for a minute. Instead, mentally transport yourself into the future, many months ahead, to a rafting trip down the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon. The

By David McKay Wilson Move over Moab. Park City mountain-biking has arrived. Named the world’s top mountain-biking community in 2012 by the International Mountain Biking Association, the Utah resort best known for its alpine skiing has emerged as a mecca for cyclists who like to experience the thrills of biking