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Ski Magazine November 2019

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

1 min
where there’s wine, there’s a way

Father and daughter photographer-athlete duo Jeff and Amie Engerbretson were strolling through the town of Mürren, Switzerland in search of lunch after a morning of skiing in the Jungfrau region. Mürren, a classic Swiss village that sits on a 3,000-foot cliff with amazing views of the 13,025-foot Eiger, is only accessible by tram. Thankfully, the residents don’t have trouble transporting wine to this remote mountain town. The younger Engerbretson spied this scene and urged her father to document the moment. “It’s a great snapshot of the laid-back joy of the Alps that I love so much,” Amie Engerbretson says. “I suppose you gotta get your wine to your friends the fastest way possible.” Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens @ f/6.3, 1/1250sec, ISO 400…

1 min
second time’s the charm

While filming the Jackson Hole segment of Warren Miller’s 70th movie, Timeless, photographer Chris Figenshau captured this snap of athlete Caite Zeliff dropping the famed Gothic Couloir for her first time. What you can’t see is that Zeliff and fellow athlete Forrest Jillson had trekked to this same spot the week before, and Zeliff opted to take a different route, as the Gothic “starts with a 15- to 20-foot drop that makes it nearly impossible to check your speed once inside,” Figenshau explains. “The commitment level is high.” Zeliff returned the next week to slay the dragon, with much success. Sony Alpha a9 body, Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS lens @ f/10, 1/1600sec, ISO 200…

5 min
sitting pretty

When Muffy Davis was 15, she thought she had experienced the worst: she blew out her knee. But one year later, the talented teen who had risen the ranks of the Sun Valley Ski Team and been named to the U.S. Development Team was proven wrong. On February 18, 1989, Davis lost control during a downhill training run on Baldy, her home hill in Sun Valley, and went flying off course and into the trees. She hit the first tree with her back and the second with her head, her shattered helmet a testament to the force of the collision. She was rushed to the local hospital where her dad, who was the radiologist on call, read her X-rays that showed a severed spine. After an eight-hour emergency surgery, Davis…

4 min
far from backwoods

In the woods, a summertime crew of 50-odd skiers is handling pole saws and loppers, carefully cutting down trees and smoothing out underbrush for the next season. This isn’t some rogue operation of yahoos defacing northern New England’s dense forests. This is a sanctioned effort of backcountry skiers clearing ski trails for the Granite Backcountry Alliance, a non-profit that’s trying to build backcountry access—and a community that goes along with it—in the Northeast. There’s actually a long history of backcountry skiing in New Hampshire. Some of the first ski trails in the country, like the Maple Villa Glade which GBA has revived, were cut by the Civilian Conservation Core in the ’30s. But after the advent of chairlifts, some of those trails were no longer maintained, and unlike in the West,…

1 min
stave skiing

At various periods in history, skiing on repurposed barrel staves, the planks of wood that make up the sides of a barrel, has been a thing. In 1965, after having been forgotten at some point between World War I and II, skiing on staves—or “staving”—made a brief comeback in Vermont before falling by the wayside once more. Now, WhistlePig Whiskey, based in Shoreham, Vt., keeps a few pairs of repurposed barrel staves fitted with bindings at its farm-cum-distillery. If you’re lucky enough to get an invite to visit in the winter, you might get a chance to give staving a shot. Spoiler: It’s like skiing on really heavy, fully rockered snowblades that don’t have edges. Not your idea of fun? Then just go skiing at Stowe and stop by the…

1 min
double the fun

The Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte, Colo., used to have to turn people away. The organization founded in 1987 has made a name for itself over its 30-year history for offering one of the most inclusive and diverse adaptive sports programs in the country, annually attracting nearly 800 individuals with physical and developmental disabilities interested in challenging themselves outdoors. Now, with the opening of its new headquarters in the Kelsey Wright Building at the base of Mount Crested Butte, the ASC will be able to double its participation numbers. Named for the ASC’s first and longest attending participant, the Kelsey Wright Building officially opened its doors in July 2019 after a four-year fundraising campaign, which raised $14 million in donations to cover the turn-key cost of the 25,000 square-foot facility.…