winter

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 Richard West Given that 2015 was the warmest year on record and my wife and I are experiencing our third consecutive wimpy winter in Amsterdam—no frozen canals, no Ice Station Zebra temps, no snow or ice—we decided to find the serious fourth season: winter you can wrap yourself in,

By David McKay Wilson As we dined at the Stowe Mountain Lodge’s Solstice Restaurant in mid-December, and groused about the maddeningly warm late autumn, our waitress produced a list of techniques to invoke the snow gods. I’d forgotten my pajamas, so I couldn’t put them on inside out and backwards.

by Steve Jermanok Yellowstone National Park has already attracted over 3.8 million visitors in 2015 and that number will surely increase in 2016, when the National Park Service celebrates its centennial. Indeed, Yellowstone in summer feels more like “forever congested” than “forever wild.” Come winter, these same parks are virtually uninhabited,

  Story & photos By Melissa Coleman “Alaska, take back your winter,” has been a common complaint in the lower 48 this winter and last. “Gladly,” the snow-starved Alaskans reply. Winter, after all, is what Alaska is known for, and when much of the fun happens. Especially March. March is

  By Kim McHugh Remember your first bike? Mine was a candy apple red Schwinn and I wish I could have ridden it year round. But I grew up in Illinois, where the long winters meant trading my bike for skis, ice skates or a Flexible Flyer. Had I been

By Larry Olmsted In this week’s holiday gift guide, I tackle two of my favorite sports, skiing and snowboarding. My picks range from high performance to comfort, at every price point. Unlike many magazine gift round-ups, I have either bought or tested a manufacturer sample, and personally tried and approved each product

What’s the Deal:  As an alternative to the traditional “ski and stay” packages at alpine ski resorts, the Mt. Philo Inn in Charlotte, Vermont offers a “Sled and Bed” package. Backstory: Vermont’s oldest state park, Mt.PhiloState Park is located atop Mt.Philo. In winter, the steep and narrow road to the

By David McKay Wilson Yearning for a powder day can consume one’s thoughts while on a ski holiday. I said a prayer when I turned off my bedside lamp on the final night of our five-day sojourn in mid-December to ski Banff National Park’s Big Three: Norquay, Lake Louise and