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Ski Magazine September 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

2 min
making sausage—every year

YOU COULD CONVINCE US THAT THIS IS OUR FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR. There’s only snow on the high peaks, but the anticipation of the upcoming season is thick. Temperatures are falling. Kids are heading back to the classroom. And we’re completely, absolutely, 24/7-ly geeked out on gear. It’s kind of weird. We know. We’re OK with it. We channel this seasonal obsession into our annual Buyers Guide, which really starts back in the spring with our annual gear test. We receive nearly as many questions about our gear test as we do about the test results. Here’s a look into the sausage machine of gear testing. About 50 testers, gear reps, techs, and staff members converged last March at Snowbird, Utah, which has hosted our test for more than a decade. As…

1 min

BASIN CHASIN’ » We might have rudely poached a few powder lines now and again. But poaching one of the first chairs of the season? That’s an overachiever. Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin was the first ski resort in North America to open last year, cranking to life on Oct. 17. Three patrollers loaded shortly after the orchestrated official first chair to head to work when an inpatient rider unexpectedly joined them. (It is called a “quad,” after all.) We applauded his attitude. And checking the calendar, we also applaud that we’re, oh, let’s call it seven weeks from opening-day salvation. DATA » PHOTOGRAPHER David Camara » LOCATION Arapahoe Basin, Colo. » SKIERS (from left) Anonymous poacher, Louis Skowyra, Michelle Gmitro, Sam Fuller focus YEAH, WE REMEMBER » Photographer Jay Goodrich didn’t set this shot up at all. In…

3 min
ted ligety

SKI » You had a killer year. What are your goals this season? T.L. » My main one is to reclaim the GS title. The Overall is always a looming goal if some of the other pieces come together. The speed events are very important for me if I’m going to win the Overall. SKI » If you were king, how would you make skiing more popular and successful? T.L. » Skiing will never be a major sport anywhere besides the places where access is easy. I want to get more people who are in the right areas on snow. It’s crazy that less than half of the Salt Lake Valley skis when it’s one of the best places in the world to do so. I have a program [Ted Ligety Learn to…

5 min
print this

IMAGINE CREATING A NEW SKI-BOOT prototype with minimal time and expense. Or having a knee replaced with an implant made from a model of your own knee. Need a new liver or kidney? Scientists are working on ways to manufacture those too. Sometimes it sounds like something out of a Philip K. Dick novel, but 3-D printing is reshaping the worlds of manufacturing and medicine, and skiers are already reaping the benefits as well. The far-reaching applications of 3-D printing were unknown to Charles Hull 30 years ago when he developed the technology. After graduating from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in engineering physics, Hull discovered a way of using UV light to make objects by successively “printing” thin layers into a contoured stack. He coined the term “stereolithography,” and in…

2 min
people who ski better than we do

Lindsey Vonn, 2016 Season Preview » Members of the ski-racing press, a Eurocentric and sometimes chauvinist bunch, are grudgingly starting to mention Lindsey Vonn and the great Ingemar Stenmark in the same sentence. Vonn’s winning the super G title last year is what did it. It was her 19th World Cup title, tying Stenmark for crystal globes won. Suddenly it didn’t seem outlandish to see Vonn tying Stenmark’s most famous record, 86 World Cup wins—a record that once looked unbeatable. The math: Already with 67 wins , she needs 19 more to catch the great Swede. She’s averaged six wins per year since her first season in 2004. She was racking up about 10 per year when injuries slowed her down starting in 2013. Last year she won eight without the benefit of…

3 min
little wins

2015 Chevy Trax Base price » $20,120 Highway mpg » 34 Ski-trip nicety » 15 interior storage spots for gear 2016 Fiat 500X Base price » $20,000 Highway mpg » 34 Ski-trip nicety » First-of-its-kind AWD 2015 Jeep Renegade Base price » $17,995 Highway mpg » 31 Ski-trip nicety » Selec-Terrain traction control 2016 Honda HR-V Base price » $19,115 Highway mpg » 35 Ski-trip nicety » Tiny car but with 8 feet of ski space DOWNSIZED URBAN crossovers have suddenly emerged as a growing segment in the winter-worthy auto world, so you have some affordable, fuel-sipping choices ahead. The new Fiat 500X may be the vehicle to fully revise American drivers’ notions of the re-emerging (and now powerful) Italian brand. Bigger, broader, and with less of the “too cute for its own good” vibe that you saw in the original gocart-size Fiat 500, the X seems…