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Ski Magazine November 2018

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
faces old and new

Most passionate skiers can recall their first Warren Miller movie. Mine was Beyond the Edge (1986). I was about 12 years old. I loved the music, the frenetic pace, the powder flying everywhere, and mostly, the way it made me feel. I wanted to buckle into my boots and load a chair lift that very minute. Warren made me feel part of a tribe. I bet you know the feeling. SKI’s Content Producer Jenny Wiegand grew up skiing in Germany, far from U.S. pop culture, but still recalls seeing snippets of WME classics Steep and Deep and Ski People playing in the American Lodge at the Hausberg in Garmisch while waiting for her ski instructor dad. To prepare for this issue’s feature tribute to Warren (“The Show Must Go On,” page…

1 min

COLD SMOKE, GOOD FRIENDS When you find yourself deep in the Canadian Rockies with a trio of phenomenal pro skiers and a whirlybird at your service, you make the most of it. That’s just what photographer Mattias Fredriksson did during a three-day stint with B.C.’s Mica Heli Skiing last winter. He was joined by athletes Mark Abma, Lynsey Dyer, and Angel Collinson during a few of the season’s most frigid days. “After several days of snowfall it was blower pow,” Fredriksson says. For this shot of Abma, “the clouds broke and created a very special light on this cold day,” he recalls. “We were a solid crew and had a great time.” A NEW PERSPECTIVE Photographer Oskar Enander was shredding his home hill of Engelberg, Switzerland when he was inspired to add something…

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racer, ready?

On Nov. 24 the ski season gets a kick start (literally) with the first downhill event of the 2018-’19 Audi FIS Ski World Cup in Lake Louise, Alberta. There’s no better way to get stoked for skiing than by watching the world’s best skiers send it down 800 vertical meters of ice at speeds up to 130 kilometers per hour (that’s ‘aboot’ 2,600 feet and 80 mph). U.S. Ski Team veterans Ted Ligety, Steven Nyman, and Travis Ganong will hurl themselves downhill in hopes of finishing in the top 30 to collect their first FIS points of the season. The U.S. women won’t be far behind, with A Team members Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin, Alice McKennis, Jacqueline Wiles, and Laurenne Ross starting in the Lake Louise Ladies Downhill on Nov.…

3 min
life beyond pro

Looking over Little Cottonwood Canyon from the Wasatch Powderbird headquarters, professional skier Pep Fujas has to hustle home. After a day of heli-skiing with his ski sponsor K2, the 35-year-old needs to study for a test that will count towards his college degree in operations management. One of the most influential freeskiers of his generation, Fujas became a professional athlete in his late teens and never made it to college in the process. “I was making pretty good money,” he says. “I figured I could always transition from one thing to another in the ski industry.” Now, with two kids at home, he is working on completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Utah. Afterwards, he will go straight into an MBA program. “It’s funny to think of school as a…

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a place in the sun

As skiers, we pray for snow. And at Colorado’s Wolf Creek, they also pray for bluebird days—for good reason. The family-owned ski area has become the first in the world to convert to 100 percent renewable energy thanks to a new 25-acre solar farm. “We were really excited about going solar,” says Rosanne Pitcher, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Wolf Creek and a member of the Pitcher family, which owns the resort. “It’s been great so far. It’s been very reliable for us, and we’ve had very consistent power. We hope that we’re a good model for other businesses that are interested in going this route.” What’s surprising is not that a ski resort finally converted to 100 percent renewable energy—it’s that the first ski resort to do so is…

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whiskey rising

A little more than a decade after the Japanese whiskey market collapsed, it’s finally becoming easier to find the country’s nuanced and amazing spirit in the United States. After sampling a number of them during the Editor’s Choice trip to Hokkaido (page 58), these three stood out as the best ones to try stateside if you’re not headed to Japan anytime soon (but we recommend tasting them in Japan, too). NIKKA YOICHI SINGLE MALT Yoichi is the only whiskey made entirely in Nikka’s first distillery, built on Hokkaido in 1934. The facility uses coal for heating during the distilling process, which produces a smoky, slightly peaty, single malt whiskey. SUNTORY THE YAMAZAKI 18 YEAR The Yamazaki distillery is Japan’s first, built in 1923 just off the road that connects Osaka and Kyoto. This single…