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Ski Magazine February - March Spring 2017

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
timing is everything

gditrinco@skimag.com WE DON’T GET A TON OF HATE MAIL HERE. (Well, other than a stream of angry e-mails about a back-page essay written last season by a dad who skied with his infant daughter in a chestie pack.) We celebrate skiing and the people who ski…so no, not a lot of angry feedback. Unless, that is, we cover “spring skiing” too early in the season. ?en, stand back. “Don’t tell us about the spring yet,” readers shout. “Our season’s just started!” We get it. ?ere are lots of turns left on the calendar. But here’s the rub: ?is is our last issue of the season. And though you’ll likely be reading this sometime in early February, we like to round out our print coverage with late-season content. Makes sense, right? Or maybe it’s simply…

1 min

END GAME » First chair has its perks: first tracks, wide-open trails, and the promise of a full day of skiing. Photographer Jay Dash and skier Tyson McDonald will tell you that last chair has its perks too. After snagging the last chair of the day, the two hiked 20 minutes into the Brighton, Utah, backcountry and waited about an hour for the lighting to change, enjoying the solitude and panoramic views. As the sun began to set, McDonald pushed off for some turns through the glow. The lifts had stopped spinning long before, but no matter. DATA PHOTOGRAPHER Jay Dash LOCATION Brighton, Utah backcountry SKIER Tyson McDonald DATA PHOTOGRAPHER Dan Patitucci LOCATION Zinal, Switzerland SKIER Simon Duverney focus ICED » It’s all very Zen, but sometimes skiing can be as much about the journey as the destination. “We passed…

3 min
made in the shade

JESSE AND AIDEN EMILO ARE LONGTIME JACKSON Hole locals and—no surprise—huge dog people. “We bring our dogs everywhere, whether it’s fishing, skiing, hiking,” Jesse says. Tuckerman, their German shepherd, has pannus—a clouding of the cornea common in older members of his breed. And their husky, Yaz, gets sunburn on the fair skin around her eyes. Both conditions are exacerbated by the intense UV exposure at altitude. “When our vet said, ‘You shouldn’t bring your dogs out into the bright sun so much,’ we were like, ‘No way. We’re going to solve this.’” . at triggered the couple’s entrepreneurial epiphany. In 2014, Jesse and Aiden launched Rex Specs Dog Goggles. . e original focus was to help their own dogs, but they found that lots of dogs suffer from eye conditions. “Every time…

5 min
uncle sam’s avalanche drones

IN A QUEST TO KEEP SKI PATROLLERS AND other avalanche experts safe, there’s increasing momentum in the snow-safety world toward using drones, instead of people, to do some of the most dangerous control work. The only problem: It’s illegal right now, because the Federal Aviation Administration’s drone regulations forbid a wide range of operations, such as flying over crowds or dropping anything—and that certainly includes explosives—from the sky. That could change soon, though. The Department of the Interior, the nation’s largest land manager, is experimenting with using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for avalanche control. And because it’s a government agency, it has more latitude than a private concern would to test drones flying with payloads and to develop technology that could soon come to your ski hill. “We manage 500 million acres,…

3 min
the art of selling skis

ROBERT SIEGEL, THE GUY BEHIND BOMBER SKIS, DIDN’T JUST BUY A luxury ski brand in May of 2015. He bought a ski factory too. It’s an important distinction. After all, super-premium skis are nothing new. Countless luxury brands have come and gone, and usually their skis were little more than custom topsheets slapped onto skis built using existing technology and excess capacity at factories that normally turn out Fischers, or Elans, or some other mainstream brand. Not so with Bomber skis, which are built in the Bomber factory in Cassato, about an hour’s drive northwest of Milan in Italy’s Piedmont region. “We don’t build skis for anyone but us,” says Siegel. The other remarkable thing about Bomber, of course, is that Bode Miller— one of only five men to win World Cup events…

3 min
winter sequels

2017 Audi Allroad Base price » $44,000 Highway MPG » 28 Ski-trip nicety » Almost 60 cubic feet of cargo room 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country Base price » $55,300 Highway MPG » 30 Ski-trip nicety » Large-animal alert system 2017 Subaru Impreza Base price » $18,395 Highway MPG » 38 Ski-trip nicety » Steerable headlamps 2017 Jeep Compass Base price » TBD Highway MPG » 30 Ski-trip nicety » Selec-Terrain system for snow traction PACK YOUR NAV » Car brands realize that many people view their smartphones as part of the family and have included easy connections to Apple’s CarPlay, Android Auto, and Google Maps in their in-dash infotainment systems. In case you’d still prefer a dedicated portable navigator for those high-altitude nooks where spotty wireless connectivity pulls the plug on your phone’s usefulness—or you don’t want to burn data while mapping a six-hour ski trip—…