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Ski Magazine January 2018

Ski is the original, largest and most recognized ski publication in the world. Passionately committed to helping readers decide where to ski, what to ski and how to ski, Ski is the authority on resorts, equipment and instruction.

United States
Pocket Outdoor Media, LLC

in this issue

4 min
how not to teach your kids to ski

It was the coldest month of the year in the coldest place in Colorado. We’d pulled into the parking lot at Ski Cooper on that February morning and dashed into the lodge, vicious wind whipping any exposed skin. I briefly wondered if maybe this wasn’t the ideal first ski experience for my toddler. But no. We came here to ski, and damn it, we were going to ski. I’d driven up to Leadville the night before for an assignment for this magazine, bringing my two-year-old son along. I’d been eager to get him on skis all season, and this was our first real opportunity. I’d grown up in an East Coast ski family where, if were at a resort, we were skiing. No rolling to the lifts at 11 a.m. and…

2 min

BIRD’S-EYE VIEW After a stormy week of filming with Teton Gravity Research at Chatter Creek, B.C., the sky cleared and photographer Grant Gunderson was able to join the film crew for some aerial shooting via helicopter. Chatter Creek, outside of Golden, offers both snowcat and heli- skiing, and lays claims to almost 150 square miles of diverse terrain—high-alpine bowls, old burn sites, glaciers, glades, and more. Says Gunderson: “The terrain at Chatter Creek is more like what you would find in Alaska than your typical B.C. cat-skiing operation.” He snapped this shot of Nick McNutt after convincing the heli pilot to let him shoot with the doors off. The things we do for our craft. NIGHT MOVES Late spring in Narvik, Norway, means pretty long days. On the 68th parallel, about 125 miles…

2 min
back in the saddle

Grab your cowboy hat and lasso and mosey on down to Steamboat Springs, Colo., on Jan. 15 at 1 p.m., when more than 100 cowboys and cowgirls donning chaps and hats will compete in the Cowboy Downhill. Side by side, competitors ski down a dual-slalom course, hit a four-foot jump, lasso a lady (yes, an actual person), saddle a horse, and cross the finish line. The timed event is followed by the Stampede, a mass-start race that is about as graceful as it sounds. Last year’s winner, pro bareback rider Grant Denny, completed the dual slalom in 27.75 seconds. The night before, prime yourself for the races at the Cowboy-Up Party, preceded by the Hot Air Balloon Glow at the ski area’s base. Day of, wet your whistle in the Bud…

4 min
tiny town

It's no secret that rents are sky-high in ski towns, so when Aspen Skiing Company committed to more affordable employee housing, it turned to a small but growing trend sweeping mountain communities: tiny homes. The resort erected six tiny homes at the Aspen Basalt Campground, about 20 miles from town, in 2016 as a pilot project and, due to their popularity, purchased another 34 in 2017. Each 300- and 400-square-foot energy-efficient home costs $100,000 to build. “I love it,” says Zac Dopson, a groomer at Buttermilk who rented a tiny home last winter. “As soon as I saw it, I wanted it.” Each home features bamboo floors with radiant heat, solid wood cabinets, large double-paned windows, kitchens with a microwave, small oven and two stovetop burners, and a wall-mounted flat-screen TV beside…

1 min
digital ski couture

Northwest Tech, or NWT3K for short, has grown-up from a newschool steeze company to a legit all-mountain performance outerwear player. Founded by Pacific Northwest native Nick Marvik and former San Francisco techie Ryan Downing, NWT3K lets you individually design the colorways of the torso, hood, sleeves, and zippers, and choose from 16 different pocket layouts on the jacket alone, via any internet-connected device. Three weeks after clicking “buy now,” a custom-built, seam-taped, made-in-America, 20k/20k waterproof-breathable outerwear kit will arrive in the mail. The pricing for something this custom—about $370 for a jacket without special add-ons—is on par with most other jackets built with the same technical specifications. Design tip: Do what works for you, and remember that “designed by committee” isn’t a positive aphorism. For a full review of the outerwear’s…

2 min
ski town gold

Held in the shadow of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is the largest commercial beer competition in the world. A number of competing breweries come from ski towns, and the best of those return home with Gold Medals for Best-in-Category Brews. In 2017, northwest Wyoming-based Melvin Brewing took home some serious hardware, including two Gold Medals and Brewery Group/Brewmaster of the Year. Considering that, in 2009, the brewery started in the back of Thai Me Up—Jackson’s classic ski bum date-night spot—the brewery has come a long way, including moving to a 30-barrel “beer mega-church” in Alpine, Wyo. “This award is a testament to what a great team we have put together while scaling up,” says Melvin Co-Founder Jeremy Tofte, “and how we are able to concentrate on our…