Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth

LOOK AT THE LICENSE PLATES of the Tacomas in Alta’s parking lot, and most of them will have the slogan, “Greatest Snow on Earth.” This catchphrase has long been used by Utah’s ski marketers. Is it true? Professor Jim Steenburgh is the person on the planet most qualified to answer that question. The author, meteorologist, […]

Chris Benchetler’s Brave New World

The last year and a half has been one wild ride for skiing’s Chris Benchetler. A staple of the iconic Nimbus crew and an endless source of creativity in the mountains, Benchetler and his wife, pro snowboarder Kimmy Fasani, welcomed their second child, Zeppelin in early 2021. But this past November, before the excitement of […]

It Ain’t Over Yet

Lifts may be shutting down, but no one told Brooks Curran. Or, at least, he’s not trying to hear it. For the last few years, the Vermont-based pro has made a name for himself when the goods go bad, connecting lines of patchy snow, grass, rock, and even water to put down some of the […]

Catching Up With McKenna Peterson

Fishing boat captain by summer and pro skier by winter, McKenna Peterson finds balance between the two distinct aspects of her life. Despite minimal early season snow at her home in Sun Valley, the 33-year-old is still logging days and focusing her efforts on new projects both on and off the slope. We caught up […]

Bird Gets Steep in the Cascades

The arrival of COVID-19 this spring effectively kiboshed the final third of the Northern Hemisphere’s ski season in 2020, a period usually characterized by stable snowpack and ambitious projects in the mountains. Trips were cancelled, expeditions evaporated overnight, and dreams were put on hold indefinitely. But the global pause also yielded the rare moment of […]

Caroline Gleich Talks Adventure and Activism

The last few years have been big for Caroline Gleich. In 2017, she finished her five-year project of becoming the first woman to ski all 90 lines in The Chuting Gallery, Andrew McLean’s famous guidebook of the steepest lines in the Wasatch. Since then, she’s turned her focus to projects both beyond, and inherently tied […]

Rainer Hertrich’s Endless Winter

To ski every day for over eight years, Rainer Hertrich sacrificed a lot. He put aside relationships, and pushed through injuries. He even took midnight runs on travel days to make the flight from northern to southern hemisphere without missing a day on snow—anything necessary to arrange his life into a single endless winter. During […]

Tatum Monod Drops In

When Tatum Monod burst onto the freeski scene in 2014, the ski world was awaiting her call. After Sammy Carlson, Sean Pettit, and crew had started bringing park skiing prowess into the backcountry, the young Canadian represented a long-awaited link in women’s freeskiing—a double back-flipping big mountain athlete with a playful park style and alpine […]

Simon Dumont Hits Back with ‘Resurrection’

“I figured the best way to let people know I’m alive is to ski,” says Simon Dumont. The 33-year-old from Bethel, Maine made his X Games debut at 14, holds nine X Games medals, a world-record quarterpipe air, and is revered for his iconic video parts like “Slumdog Illionaire” and “JOSS 2009-Team America.” But over […]

Boot-Stompin’ Ski Town Music: An Interview with Cousin Curtiss

Live music and après go together like bluebird pow and goggle tans. Nobody knows that better than mountain town musician Curtiss O’Rorke Stedman, who goes by the name Cousin Curtiss when he’s up on stage. Curtiss’ fast-paced, high-energy stage presence combines multi-instrument talent with live loop recording and soulful vocals. When not touring, he calls […]


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