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Ski Magazine November 1, 2015

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

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on skimag.com this month

Eastern Skiing » Sign up for Right Coast news, resort updates, and the skinny on fi nding the good stuff in the East. SkiMag.com/enews Video » Where funny and informative collide every other week, all season long. Skimag.com/thesnowreport Best Resorts » Which resort has the most snow? Toughest terrain? Best lifts? We’ve got it covered. SkiMag.com/resortguide Gear Reviews » We test products hard to help you make the right buying decisions. Here is our honest feedback from the field. Skimag.com/abused Ski Finder » Looking for new gear? We can help. We teamed up with Skis.com this year to let you do your research and buying all in one spot. SkiMag.com/skis…

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snow biz

LIKE ALL SKI AREAS, ARIZONA SNOWBOWL, located high in the San Francisco Peaks a few miles north of Flagstaff, is looking to increase business, which, naturally, includes creating new skiers and riders. Unlike most ski areas, the Snowbowl has decided that maybe focusing on skiing itself, while logical, isn’t always the best strategy. “I’ve always had the philosophy that as long as you come up and enjoy the snow, I don’t care what’s on your feet,” says Jason Stratton, 43, the Snowbowl’s director of sales and marketing. “Even if you’re just visiting to take a picture. Eventually you’re going to say, I want to try skiing or snowboarding.” Stratton, a lifelong skier with stops in Schweitzer Mountain, Idaho, and Windham Mountain, N.Y., among others, has been at the Snowbowl for a few…

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BORDER PATROL » An abandoned military outpost still stands watch above the Via Lattea ski resort, which straddles the border between Italy and France and was one of the hosts for the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics. After a full day of ski touring, photographer Grant Gunderson captured a golden sky just before nightfall. The crew had been taking stills all day as part of a movie shoot. DATA » PHOTOGRAPHE Grant Gunderson » LOCATION Sestriere, Italy MORNING ROUNDS » Corey Seemann enters the white room in the Vail backcountry on an early-morning Colorado powder mission. After more than a month of nukeage, Seemann and photographer Jeff Cricco set off for some snowmobile skiing, taking advantage of a rare window of blue sky in the beginning of January. Cricco snapped this on the second lap…

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snap judgment

WITH US « Pee Spots In a series of clever Copper Mountain TV ads, chatty organs show what’s going on inside an excited skier’s body in anticipation of a powder day. Heart. Brain. Bladder. Fun stuff. « Earn Your Turns Ski resorts (Taos, Vail, Mt. Rose) are part of the first wave of businesses nationwide that are hiking their minimum wages to $10 or so. With the cost of ski-town housing, that’s the right neighborhood, for a start. « Taking a Toll Perhaps as early as December, CDOT will open a new 13-mile express toll lane from Denver to the mountains. Tolls are projected to be from $3 (cool) to $30 (really?), depending on traffic. AGAINST US…

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holley dupont

A racer on the Can-Am circuit in the 1970s and one of the first female freestylers to land a back flip on skis, Holley duPont raised three daughters on the slopes of Sun Valley. Lexi, the middle child, now 26, went on to become a professional big-mountain skier and is a featured athlete in Chasing Shadows, this season’s Warren Miller film. SKI » When did Lexi start skiing? H.D. » On Dollar Mountain [Sun Valley] at the age of two with an Edgie Wedgie. Even then, she liked speed and no turning. SKI » When she was a kid, any hints about her future? H.D. » The biggest clue came in middle school when Lexi said downhill was her favorite discipline—and the event she did best in, weighing only 90 pounds. Lexi and her…

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godzilla el niño is coming! grab your shovel!

EL NIÑO—THE POWERFUL PACIFIC WEATHER pattern that brings torrential downpours, floods, tornadoes, and mega-snowstorms to North America—was reportedly first documented centuries ago by Peruvian fishermen who noticed a periodic warming of their coastal waters around Christmas. They named the phenomenon “little boy,” in honor of the baby Jesus. With meteorologists predicting that this winter could see the strongest El Niño in recorded history, it’s instructive to examine the science and history—and hyperbole— associated with the phenomenon and what it could mean for skiers. El Niño might have had its pop-culture zenith in 1997 thanks to the late comedian Chris Farley, who, skewering our obsession with extreme-weather infotainment, portrayed a buffoonish professional wrestler on a Saturday Night Live parody of The Weather Channel. “I am El Niño!” he bellowed, wearing tights and an…