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Ski Magazine January 2016

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

3 min
old dogs, (new gear), new tricks

SKIING IS AN ODD SPORT. ONE OF ITS CORE ATTRACTIONS is that you don’t need to be good to have a good day. That said, the better you are, the better your day—because as your skills improve, more of the mountain opens up to you. Another oddity about skiing is that instruction isn’t part of its culture for most participants. That’s rare in a technical sport. Which brings us to Seth Masia, who has spent just about all of his life on snow, working in the industry from a number of different posts but always with an analytical approach to problem solving. Masia joined the SKI staff as the “technical gear editor” in the 1970s and worked here for nearly 20 years. It was before my time, but his methodology for testing…

1 min

STAKING A CLAIM The newest operation in Revelstoke, B.C., Eagle Pass Heli accesses terrain in the Monashee Mountains that 30 years ago was deemed “too gnarly” and left unclaimed by other companies. “In my mind it’s some of the best terrain in B.C.,” said photographer Grant Gunderson. Lynsey Dyer spotted this line from the heli, but it was too difficult to land atop the ridgeline. After they booted up an exposed ridge, Dyer fearlessly dropped in. DATA »PHOTOGRAPHER Grant Gunderson »LOCATION Monashee Range, B.C. »SKIER Lynsey Dyer UNDER PRESSURE After waiting out a snowless spell, photographer Andrew Strain and athlete Kolby Ward were rewarded with a storm on their last day in Japan. Patrol took them up on snowmobiles after high winds closed the lift. It was snowing so hard that Strain’s strobe filled with snow as fast as he…

3 min
eddie the eagle

Snap Judgment Hail to the Chief Congrats to Canada for electing Justin Trudeau as its new Prime Minister. The 44-year-old is a former Whistler ski bum (technically a boarder bum) and a passionate progressive. That’s a two-fer. Vegas Divorce We have no beef with Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort changing its name back to its original Lee Canyon handle. But we’ll admit we did like having “Las Vegas” and “ski resort” teamed up in a brand. On the Hot Seat Thanks to climate change, by 2030 aspen trees might not survive in the Aspen valley. Yes, that’s the least of our worries. But still… SKI » How did you start skiing? M.E. » I was lucky; within 10 miles of my house we had one of the biggest dry ski slopes [artificial snow] in…

4 min
you’re in the army now

I HAVE BEEN WRITING ABOUT SKIING FOR 35 years and not once have I received correspondence from a resort with the heading “Classification: UNCLASSIFIED. Caveats: NONE.” That was my welcome to “The Vic,” the Victor Constant Ski Area at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., one of only three ski areas run by the military in the United States. But The Vic might as well have been classified Top Secret to me. Despite its being only 35 minutes from my home, I never knew the place existed until a chance drive-by a few months earlier. It turns out only those affiliated with the Department of Defense were able to ski this historic area. But last winter, it opened to the skiing public. The Vic has a rich history. It’s one of…

3 min
suvs peel away from their guzzler roots

2016 Lincoln MKX Base price » $38,260 Highway mpg » 26 Ski-trip nicety » App to schedule morning warmup 2016 Kia Sorento Base price » $24,900 Highway mpg » 29 Ski-trip nicety » Electric windshield de-icer 2016 Ford Explorer Base price » $29,900 Highway mpg » 28 Ski-trip nicety » Snow-ready terrainmanagement system 2016 Chevrolet Equinox Base price » $22,600 Highway mpg » 32 Ski-trip nicety » Remote start for heated seats and mirrors SKIERS KEEN ON A MIDSIZE, two- or three-row SUV for mountain trips can now pick among bold new offerings and heavily updated favorites that boast previously unimaginable mileage numbers for these cargo-hauling workhorses. Designed as an alternative to the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the 2016 Kia Sorento demonstrates the capability and quality the Koreans have brought to the game. The Sorento’s futuristic exterior, its range of engine choices (go for the powerful but gas-saving…

6 min
loon and cannon, n.h.

Cannon Mountain 4,080 SUMMIT ELEVATION (FEET) 10 RIDE TIME ON AERIAL TRAMWAY (MINUTES) 282 SKIABLE ACRES ENTROPY HAPPENS. AND ON A DRIZZLY night in May of 2003, it reminded us nothing is permanent when it dismantled New Hampshire’s most cherished icon, the Old Man of the Mountain. His squinting, flinty countenance, an arrangement of granite ledges left by the retreating Wisconsin Glacier, first gazed out over Franconia Notch at least six millennia ago. A fitting symbol for the stern New Hampshire character, he adorns license plates, postage stamps, and road signs in the Granite State, always looking a little pissed off—at longhairs? Income tax? Climate change? No one saw him go, sometime between midnight and 2 a.m. New Hampshire learned of its loss as day broke. Mourners left flowers near the scree field where their…