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Ski Magazine October 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

3 min
numbers game

It never fails. Whenever I tell someone that I work at SKI, they invariably ask me where they should ski next season. To which I alway counter with a few questions of my own: “Who are you skiing with?” “What level skier are you?” and “What type of terrain do you like to ski?” Interestingly, never once have I replied: “Well, the No. 1 resort in North America is (fill in the blank), so you should totally go there!” Of course not, because while the No. 1 resort in SKI’s annual Reader Resort Survey is always a great and deserving destination, it’s not necessarily the best vacation for everyone. We’ve been wrestling with this conundrum for years here at SKI. The ski resorts around the U.S. and Canada are incredibly vast…

1 min

BEST-LAID PLANS The south-facing resort of La Rosière in the French Alps is known for its family-friendly terrain, but the same can’t be said of its surrounding peaks. On their first day, photographer Adam Clark and skier Sam Smoothy headed beyond the resort boundary into the expansive backcountry that butts up against the Italian border. “We were planning to go to a different location, but this wall of beautiful lines showed up after we hiked over a ridge,” says Clark. The two altered their plans and decided to explore this serendipitous new terrain, with Smoothy bootpacking up the line and sending it down the ridge. “This spot was protected from the wind and held some great powder,” says Clark. “It was a wonderful surprise.” THE SHERIDAN SESSIONS What do you do when you’re…

2 min
cozy up

At the first sign of leaves turning, many of us are consumed by palpable nostalgia. And there’s a simple reason for this: Fall is a season steeped in tradition. Apple-picking, pie-baking, chopping wood—these things we do when autumn arrives are remnants of rituals and a time when man busied himself preparing for winter. Today, towns across the country recall and celebrate these traditions with fall festivals. One of the most unique? The Trailing of the Sheep Festival in Ketchum, Idaho. This five-day festival from Oct. 10–14 celebrates Idaho’s rich history and culture of sheep ranching dating back to the early 20th century. The festival is chock-full of events, from sheep dog trials and wool-knitting classes to lamb-cooking demos and tastings, but the highlight is the parade of 1,500 sheep migrating off…

3 min
the big deal

In early April of 2017, Aspen Skiing Company CEO Mike Kaplan told hundreds of employees gathered at an end-of-season party that big news was about to break that would begin an exciting new era for Aspen and the entire ski industry. Kaplan was sworn to secrecy and could say no more, but behind the scenes he and some of the ski industry’s most powerful executives and wealthiest financiers were involved in a flurry of deal making that, within days of Kaplan’s speech, would kick off a ski resort buying spree and result in a powerhouse new brand: Alterra Mountain Company. Created to compete with Vail Resorts and its Epic Pass, Alterra and its Ikon Pass represents the biggest ski industry shakeup in a decade, a colossus brand with more than 64,000…

1 min
higher education

Your parents always told you: Make a career out of something you love to do, then it will never seem like work. Now it’s easier than ever to follow that sage advice. This fall, Western State Colorado University, in Gunnison, rolls out the first ever MBA program geared toward careers in the outdoor industry. The new offering is a two-year online program with either a Product or Service concentration. It’s designed for people already working in the outdoor industry who are looking to grow into leadership roles. Students take core MBA courses with the added benefit of specialized classes tailored to the specific concerns and challenges of the outdoor industry. But unlike traditional MBA programs, Outdoor MBA students take their specialized courses first. No matter which concentration is chosen, all coursework…

1 min
how to ski bumps

The least crowded terrain at any resort are the bump runs. Why? Because skiing bumps—really skiing them, not just surviving them—is hard. There’s no faking good technique in moguls. Mastering bumps is the mark of a true expert, but few can call themselves a master of moguls. That’s why SKI teamed up with PSIA Alpine Team Captain Michael Rogan and pro skier Marcus Caston to teach intermediate to expert skiers how to crush moguls through the online course “How to Ski Bumps.” Enroll and get in-depth instruction at aimadventureu.com.…