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Tips And Tricks: Tree Skiing

When you’ve been skiing out on the mountain and it’s beginning to get a bit tracked out, you have to look a little deeper to find the goods. That’s when Derek Foose shows us how to take to the trees.

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Travel: Ski Resorts for Non-Skiers

Why would a non-skier or snowboarder go to a ski resort? Fun, of course. Raised in a tight family of 8, with active grandparents and lots of cousins, ski-cations were hands-down the best family reunion. Now with a family of my own, we’re following suit. We pick spots where the barely-walking crowd can play in the pool; teenagers sled or shop, and the grandparents and great aunts and uncles take sleigh rides and cooking classes. And when we bring our dog, we look for resorts that offer activities to four-legged travelers as well.

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Tips And Tricks: Stepping Down Steeps

Peter Smart tells us how to deal with terrain that you might not necessarily want to ski but you’ve got to get down anyway.

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Good To Know: Cross-Country Skiing

Photo: Upitrek

Cross-country skiing is the earliest form of skiing. The word “ski” comes from an old Norse word “skid,” which translates to something akin to a “split length of wood.” The activity dates back some 5,000 years; most likely it was developed in northern regions (Scandinavia and Siberia) by people who discovered that strapping flat boards onto their feet for hunting and transportation beat walking in the thick snow. Military applications soon followed (legendary “free-heel” troop were thought to move as fast, or faster, than cavalry through snow-bound terrain). By the 1800s, not only had skis, boots, and bindings evolved,; so had the skiers. Races became popular with soldiers; soon the aristocracy adopted the sport for entertainment at their winter homes.

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Tips And Tricks: Snow Safety

Thinking about venturing into the backcountry? Brent Phillips shares his tips to follow before we take off.

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How To: Ice Fishing

Photo: Megan Porter

There’s something absolutely zen about ice fishing. Maybe it’s the sitting in the middle of a frozen river or lake, staring into a tortilla-sized hole in the ice, snuggled warm in layers of down, and hugging a thermos of hot cocoa. There’s the occasional flock of Canada geese filling the sky or the curious moose venturing out to see what all the excitement is about. Sure, it’s cold and somewhat remote–but dress right (read: very warmly) and it’s as if you’ve created your own secret version of winter.

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Tips And Tricks: Skiing Steeps

Derek Foose tells us the keys to entering steep terrain. No more seeing difficult lines only to avoid them!

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Travel: Arapahoe Basin, Colorado

Photo: Colorado Ski Country USA

Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin Resort is awash in superlatives (and don’t worry—we’ll get to them). But its legion of impressive assets can accurately be summarized in two words, words that the resort has pretty much owned since it opened with a rope tow back in 1946: The Legend.
To people who have been here, the reasons are simple and undeniable: pure, electric Rocky Mountain skiing and snowboarding, with a dizzying number of runs threading across a peak that stands shoulders above all other Colorado resorts. Truly epic runs that can stretch up to 1.5 miles in length, paired with a low-key, no-frills vibe that permeates the mountain and takes over the parking lot when the lifts close.

 

And to those who haven’t visited A Basin, it’s one of the few places in ski lore that exceeds its reputation.

Here are a few reasons why….

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Tips And Tricks: Choosing A Line

Crystal Rose Lee shows us how to do a little route finding through steep and variable conditions.

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Travel: Where to Fat Bike

Once thought to be a passing fad, fat biking is here to stay. Created in the ’80s in Alaska as a way to continue riding through the long winter season, these floating beasts are now quickly becoming fixtures on groomed multi-use trails, Nordic centers, and ski resorts across the country. As the name explains, these bikes have massive tires that can find traction–and control–on snow. And although you won’t be setting any land speed records, you will certainly enjoy the fact you are still pedaling in February. Here are five of our favorite fat biking destinations.

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