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HOW’S YOUR AIM?

Bota bags could be having a moment. These holdovers from skiing’s golden age laugh at today’s need for social distancing. What will skiing, riding and cross-county look like in 2020-2021? Will...

WEST MOUNTAIN

For six decades, West Mountain in upstate New York has been bringing skiers—and racers—into the sport. S pencer and Sara Montgomery moved east to West Mountain, where they’re pursuing the adventure...

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

From her home base in Monaco, Pernilla Wiberg, Sweden’s all-time top female alpine racer, is a TV commentator, advocate for World Cup racer safety, entrepreneur, and homeschooling mom. When you’re a...

RESORTS THEN AND NOW

Just a few miles from glitzy St. Moritz, the cultural heart of this Swiss ski region beats quietly in Pontresina.  The history of the Swiss resort town of Pontresina is inextricably linked to its...

The Man Who Skied on Rocks

When snow is unavailable, skiers will glide on anything: grass, pine needles, sawdust, sand dunes, volcanic ash, carpet, plastic mat, soap flakes, powdered mica and soda crystals. In 1958, German...

Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story now on Prime

"Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story," is now showing on Amazon Prime. The 90-minute film, produced by Patrick Creadon and Christine O'Malley, is based largely on archival footage provided by Warren...

Pandemic takes French resort back to the future

(photo: Architects Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Facheux and Jean Prouve at Les Arcs, fifty years ago.) When Les Arcs closed down last spring, senior managers reflected on the very purpose of ski...

Animators Go Looney Over Skiing

When cartoons take a run at skiing, mayhem ensues. By Jeff Blumenfeld What is quickly learned from total immersion into the golden age of animation, roughly the 1930s through the 1970s, is that when...

Canada’s Forgotten Ski Center

When it opened in 1930, the Seigniory Club was the largest ski resort in Canada...and possibly in North America. By Joseph Graham and Pierre Dumas The historic Le Château Montebello, 50 miles east...

The Cross-Country Caldwells

From Olympic racing to elite coaching, this once-and-future family has had a powerful impact on the sport. By Peter Oliver The Caldwells are America’s first family of cross-country skiers. As elite...

Winter Park Ski Train on Covid-19 Hold

The Winter Park Express ski train, which has hauled Denver skiers through the Moffat Tunnel on and off since 1940, takes another hiatus for the 2020-21 winter season. According to a Winter Park press...
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Japan's Lost Ski Areas

Japan’s skiing history is rich and varied. People had long used simple homemade skis to get around, but then in the 1930s the great pioneer Hannes Schneider arrived from the Arlberg to introduce his...

Peter Dodge and the Rebirth of NCAA Racing

A former World Cup and pro racer, Dartmouth’s men’s alpine coach has led the return to relevance of U.S. college racing. By Edith Thys Morgan Although few ski racers have been able to take to the...

Big Air

Alpine ski jumpers—sticking Geländesprungs, cliff hucks and gap-jumps—have been sending it for more than a hundred years. By Jay Cowan Jesper Tjader explains what he wants to try on a practice run...

A Short History of Catastrophes

When it snows, skiers ski, even amid calamity. That could change with Covid-19. By Andy Bigford Skiers and the industry have confronted and overcome a variety of disasters—wars, gas shortages,...

Commentary: Pandemic and Diversity

By Seth Masia We’ve all heard that ski resorts will operate this coming winter under social-distancing rules. That means limited cafeteria space, restrooms, chairlift seating, lift-line queues and...

Swiss Academic Ski Club named ISHA Lifetime Award winner for 2020

International Skiing History Association names the year’s best works on sport’s heritage. Watch video of the ISHA Awards program. The International Skiing History Association this winter honors the...

The Sour Cream Sierras

Thousands learned to ski at the famed “Borscht Belt” hotels in the Catskill Mountains of New York.  By Jeff Blumenfeld Starting in the early 1950s, hundreds of thousands of Americans learned to ski...

Paradise Lost

Finally perfected after 30 years, the carving ski failed to gain a popular following. In its place, we got a ski that has made resort slopes less safe.By Jackson Hogen For most of modern skiing’s...

Glen Plake: Evolution of a Rebel

At 55, Hall of Famer Glen Plake is an enduring—and iconic—ambassador for the sport of skiing, its downhome roots and honoring its past. By Edith Thys Morgan I’m talking tech with Glen Plake. Not ski...

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