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Ski Magazine November 2020

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

2 min
letter from the editor

IN MY LINE OF WORK, I get asked a lot of questions about skiing. In past years, the most common queries were 1) “What skis should I buy?” and 2) “Where should I ski?” While those are still relevant questions, they’ve both been eclipsed by 3) “Will the resorts open this season?” Needless to say, I’d rather be answering the first two. But 2020 being 2020, we will do the best with what we have. Now that we know the opening plans and safety protocols at many of the resorts throughout the country, we can start to think about what ski season 2020-’21 will look like. It will be different, for sure. It will be a little more complicated. The safety protocols might even be a deterrent to some less-committed skiers.…

1 min
last tracks

When snow kite skier Lorenza Sommaruga Malaguti and photographer Graham McKerrell set out last March in Banff National Park for a day of summiting peaks along the iconic Icefields Parkway, little did they know that they would be among the last to make tracks in the area for the season. The next day, Parks Canada issued a roadside parking ban on all highways, effectively shutting down the backcountry. At least it was “absolutely perfect conditions,” recalls McKerrell, with bluebird skies, a slight upslope breeze, and a view of Crowfoot Mountain and glacier in the distance. A perfectly fine way to remember the season, indeed.…

1 min
art of the shot

Most people know that ski photography is hardly a point-and-shoot affair, but many don’t realize just how much thought and effort goes into each shot. Photographer Adam Barker was out shooting with athletes Connery Lundin and Sam Kuch in the Jackson Hole, Wyo., backcountry when he saw this hit from below. Barker proceeded to spend the better part of an hour mulling over the best angle, including hiking up to check it out from above. After much consideration, he decided to shoot it from below, tucking into some branches that helped to frame the image and draw eyes to Lundin in the air. “It’s a process, and ultimately an execution between athlete and photographer,” says Barker. “When it’s good, it’s good! When it’s not—welp, we’re still skiing pow and high-fiving…

1 min

What would you sacrifice to get the shot? For photographer Oskar Enander, it’s sleep. The Switzerland-based shooter traveled 22 hours from Europe only to land at Reno-Tahoe International Airport and find out that the local resorts had been hit by a warm spell. So what’s a photographer looking to shoot fresh pow to do? Rent a car and drive all night to Utah, where conditions were far better. He pulled into the Alta parking lot with skier Henrik Windstedt and the pair headed out, skiing until sunset and nabbing this beauty in the process. Quips Enander: “I guess the 45-hour push with no real sleep was worth it in the end.”…

5 min
the wright way

It’s 6 a.m. inside Wright Training, a performance fitness studio housed in a spacious, barebones warehouse in Jackson, Wyoming. Crystal Wright, owner and lead trainer at the gym, is demonstrating one her favorite moves: leg blasters. She effortlessly does 10 each of squats, alternating lunges, jump lunges, and jump squats. There’s a reason it’s called the leg blaster: It turns your quads to mush. Not Wright, though. She’s built for this. Wright grew up on an off-the-grid ranch in Wyoming, the daughter of two ski bums who moved to Jackson Hole in the 1970s. She was a competitive barrel racer and ski racer from a young age. Though quite different, both sports required a certain degree of intensity, a mental and physical precision. She continued to ski race and ride horses…

6 min
past due partnership

The giant stone monument on the summit of Whistler Mountain—often referred to as an Inukshuk—appears in so many photographs it might as well have its own Instagram account. Shaped like a blocky human with arms stretched wide, its photogeneity is about more than its larger-than-life look or jaw-dropping backdrop. Like the Eiffel Tower and Paris, the Inuit-style statue atop Whistler Peak has become an emblem of place, a visual trigger of associations. A snapshot of it is shorthand for Whistler’s rugged grandeur, its open-armed welcome of the world, its Olympic Winter Games history and its indigenous past. Except, there’s nothing past tense about Indigenous people and Whistler. The Lil’wat Nation and Squamish Nation—the two First Nations on whose unceded territories the place now known as Whistler exists—are alive, well, and wielding…