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Ski Magazine November 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
riding shotgun, christmas ornaments, and (very) loud disco music

SKI’S ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR, BAILEY LaRue, is still scarred by the experience. Hand-me-down equipment and apparel was part of how the LaRue family kept skiing affordable when he was a kid. One year that meant sending poor little Bailey out on the slopes in a one-piece with pink accents, outgrown by his older sister. LaRue, now a well-adjusted young man clad in gender-appropriate clothing, has plenty of fond family-ski-trip memories too. Like the long car rides from his Texas home to the slopes in…Minnesota. “­e anticipation of getting there was excruciating.” The topic of family ski traditions came up while we were brainstorming ideas for our “True Believers” package (see page 58). Chances are if you’re a skier, it’s because you grew up in a ski family. You have childhood memories of…

1 min
surf’s up

When life gives you lemons, the answer is to ski into an ice cave in British Columbia. Late last spring, when shooting conditions were a “crapshoot” everywhere he looked, photographer Bruno Long decided to head north. He ended up at Chatter Creek outfitters, in B.C.’s backcountry. “Our guide mentioned that we should check out an ice cave that had appeared near one of the cat roads,” Long recalls. “The cave was massive—large enough to link a few turns before chattering onto the glacial ice at the bottom.” Long seized the moment. “The overhanging wall reminded me of a surf barrel,” he says. “I told Chris to get as close to the wall as possible to capture the enormity of the ‘wave,’ along with the texture and beauty of the ice.” DATA _…

3 min
julie parisien

EASTERN SKI-RACING FANS STILL REMEMBER THEIR brush with Alberto Tomba. The Italian playboy, at the height of his wine-women-and-winning career, won a GS on Thursday and nailed a second in slalom on Saturday. That was March 1991, at Waterville Valley, N.H., and it was the last time the World Cup staged a race in the Eastern U.S.—the last time, until Killington welcomes it back for a women’s GS and slalom this Thanksgiving weekend, when racing fans from America’s major metros can get close enough to the White Circus’s biggest stars to hear the slap of armor on gate. On the men’s side, it was business as usual in ’91. The U.S. guys hadn’t figured out how to win yet. But with the women, something special happened, and race fans who made the…

5 min

WHEN BOOKING SKI LODGINGS, JONATHAN Retseck doesn’t bother with central reservations anymore. The Manhattan sports-marketing firm owner logs on to Airbnb.com and checks out reviews of private homes. “It’s our default these days,” says Retseck, who has booked with Airbnb at ski areas including Killington, Vt., and Park City, Utah. “There are more options, and you can find something unique.” Never used Airbnb? Like the transportation app Uber, it’s a wildly successful startup in the so-called sharing economy that lets individuals conduct person-to-person transactions. And like Uber—which has done nothing less than radically alter traditional transit services—Airbnb is altering the lodging industry by allowing private homeowners to become private hoteliers. The benefit is a wider range of choices and prices than with traditional lodging. “You cut out the middleman, the propertymanagement firm,…

3 min
who needs snow? buck hill goes to the mat for its future.

365 Number of days Buck Hill will be open annually THERE IS AN ANNOYINGLY CAPRICIOUS COMPONENT OF running a ski area. It’s called snow. And despite decades of technological improvements in snowmaking equipment, resort operators admit that each season’s success is still undeniably determined by the whims of Mother Nature. So what if you removed the unpredictability of snow from the resort equation? Buck Hill aims to find out this season. This mighty mite of a ski area, tucked in a few miles south of the Twin Cities, has installed an all-year skiing surface on three of its slopes, including a terrain park. “We think this is going to be a big deal around here,” says Dave Solner, Buck Hill’s CEO and new co-owner. “Our vision is to transform Buck Hill from a…

3 min
affordable luxury

2017 Cadillac XT5 Base price » $38,995 Highway MPG » 27 Ski-trip nicety » 40/20/40 split rear seat for skis 2017 Infiniti QX50 Base price » $34,450 Highway MPG » 24 Ski-trip nicety » Snow mode for RWD model 2017 Jaguar F-Pace Base price » $40,990 Highway MPG » 23 Ski-trip nicety » Reversible rubberized cargo mats 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 Base price » $39,150 Highway MPG » 28 Ski-trip nicety » Expanded interior storage space WHILE IT’S NOT DIFFICULT TO spend a pile of money on a luxury SUV, those who have aspired to move up to the elegance, performance, and sleek amenities of the posher brands can now do so with new models priced around $40,000—which isn’t a big jump from standard car costs nowadays. The Cadillac XT5 is a handsome replacement for the SRX, offering all the prestige and presence of an Escalade, just in a more budget-friendly package.…