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Ski Magazine November 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

3 min
behind the lines

It was during last January’s Women’s March in downtown Denver when writer and photographer CRYSTAL SAGAN got the inspiration for our “#BossLady” feature. “I realized that I had a platform to tell the stories of women who have persisted and overcome in the name of their passion, skiing,” she says. “I started looking for the inside scoop on badass women who are leading a charge, whether they realize it or not. In the end, I had more amazing women in leadership roles within the ski industry than space to cover them.” “#BossLady” (page 68) profiles five women taking charge in the ski industry, crushing stereotypes, and proving that females can thrive in a largely male-dominated world. Sagan, who also shot the photo for the opener—three topless women on a peak in…

1 min

LONG LIGHT, SHORT DAYS Early season in Åre, Sweden, is a special time. The days are short and the light is low and mellow. This shot of Swedish big-mountain skier Henrik Windstedt was taken on Dec. 2 in a part of the resort that wasn’t yet open to the public. “Early winter is my favorite time,” says photographer Mattias Fredriksson, who spends equal time shooting skiers and mountain bikers in their element. “The days are short, the light is spectacular, and there are barely any people around.” A slice of the good life at 66 degrees north. Nikon D4S, Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 lens @ f/6.3, 1/640sec, ISO 500 FIRST TIME’S THE CHARM In case you’re wondering, this is what 23 inches over two days looks like during December at Alta. Photographer Lee Cohen…

2 min
going for gold

BY THE NUMBERS 2 Days Tickets Sold Out in 2016 20 Countries Represented 30,000 Attendance in 2016 144 Hours It Takes to Make Snow for the Race Course Admittedly, the sound of cowbells is not heard nearly enough at U.S. ski resorts. But this month, for the second consecutive season, they will ring loud and clear at Killington, Vt., as the Audi FIS Women’s Ski World Cup returns to the resort on Nov. 24. The Grand Slalom and Slalom races are run on the Superstar trail on Saturday and Sunday, and spectators should expect to see all the female stars of the U.S. Ski Team—Vonn, Shiffrin, Mancuso, Stiegler, and more. Last year 30,000 people showed up, and just as many, if not more, are expected this year to see if Shiffrin will hang onto her Slalom…

2 min

It was Christmas Eve 2010. The Johnson family—Kelli, Chauncy and their three children, Elise, 5, Milli, 3, and Logan, 4 months—headed to their local two-lift ski hill, the 60-acre Hogadon Basin Ski Area outside Casper, Wyo. Kelli, who was once a ski instructor, went with Elise to ski a run, working with her to make turns. At one point, Kelli and Elise had stopped to put her ski back on. It was then that a 23-year-old local snowboarder, out of control, collided with Elise and her mom. He was going 50 mph. The 5-year-old broke her neck and was killed instantly. The snowboarder died on impact. Kelli suffered a traumatic brain injury and was in a coma for several weeks, learning her daughter passed away only upon waking. “Our life will always be…

2 min
healing hands

Lexi duPont just wants to spread the love. Some things really are that simple, and the inspiration behind the duPont-designed Eddie Bauer Lexi Mitt is one of them. “When you’re wearing a mitten, all you can really do is give people a thumbs up,” says duPont. “I wanted to put some more love into the world, so I came up with the idea of having a mitten with a heart on the palm, so you can spread love whenever you wear them.” Pro skier duPont, a former Junior Olympian and Freeride World Tour champ, is now an EB-sponsored athlete and a bit of a philanthropist. The Lexi Mitt—which duPont wanted to call the “Lexi Love Glove” but EB demurred—was born from the desire to address the world’s current strife in…

2 min
a euphoric brew

About a decade ago, the Durango, Colo.-based Ska Brewing Company designed a graphic for a snowboard called “The Euphoria.” The snowboard was such a success, the owners of Silverton-based Venture Snowboards convinced the brewers at Ska to make a Pale Ale of the same name. Even though snowboarders might have designed it, it’s easy to see skiers, monoskiers, ski-bikers, and skibladers enjoying the seasonal brew throughout southwestern Colorado all winter long (just as long as they enjoy a hoppy kick to their post-ski beverage). The Ska Euphoria brew is a delicious winter seasonal ale for hop-enthusiasts who might be intimidated by stouts and dark ales, but still refuse to give into lighter pils or lager beers. There are hints of chocolate in the malt which drives this pale ale, but, clocking…