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Powder January 2017

You never know when the next perfect powder day will come, so until then, pick up Powder Magazine for your ski runs. From dissecting the steepest, most technical first descents, to lofting big air, Powder transports you with award-winning photography and engaging articles that will take you to the top of the mountain.

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world-class skiing in epic montana powder

Home to three of Montana’s four largest ski areas, Yellowstone Country claims bragging rights to some of the most sublime skiing in North America, with a limitless mix of terrain and a snowfall that often exceeds 400 inches per year of pure, light powder. And if that weren’t enough, the small towns that make up this skier’s paradise offer the biggest hospitality around. BIG SKYVisit Big Sky, Montana and experience the Biggest Skiing in America® at Big Sky Resort with more than 5,800 acres of skiable terrain and 4,350 vertical feet. Keep exploring with over 50 miles of trails at Lone Mountain Ranch, perfect for Nordic skiing, snowshoeing or learning to mush a team of sled dogs. BRIDGER BOWLOrganically grown and locally owned since 1955, Bridger Bowl has operated…

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v: our own sense of time

MIDWINTER, MID-MANIA, MID-BACCHANAL, at the top of my favorite run, I met someone. Time slowed and started to mean something else. Not long after we were introduced, I went to visit her. On a Monday night after work, we skinned up a groomer by headlamp. We were the only ones for miles. The stars overhead and the city below added a glow to the dark sky.We had started at the base of the ski area, at 8,000 feet. My lungs burned. I struggled to hold a conversation while she floated effortlessly up the mountain—all smiles and banter. I pretended to be cool.A couple thousand vertical feet later, we reached the top. It was windy and somehow darker. We went into an empty, cold warming hut. It was covered…

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skiing is the bestest

Not to get all meta on y’all, but this was easily the most concise, yet open-ended assignment letter an editor has ever sent me.In a recent email, Powder Editor John Clary Davies asked me: Why is skiing important? And why do we ski?Holy cow, that’s beautiful. Spare as Hemingway, philosophical as Kant. So: Skiing is important because it’s in the Olympics, which means America gives a shit about it every four years. America: Fuck yeah.OK, that’s why skiing is important to nonskiers. For skiers, it’s important because it gives us a reason to go on living. Seriously. Humans possess an innate need for joy, and skiing is the method with which we achieve said joy—never mind the homicidal wind slabs, exorbitant costs, finger-lopping bouts of frostbite, and loobies who…

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the virtuoso

AGE: 68LOCATION: Tahoe City, CaliforniaROOTS: A little crass, sometimes crude, but always honest, Hank de Vré is one of Powder’s longest tenured contributing photographers. His work first appeared in the magazine in 1984. More than three decades later, de Vré maintains a reputation for his ability to maneuver himself— and his camera—into whatever position necessary to frame a skier.Born and raised in Amsterdam, de Vré immigrated to northern New Jersey with his family when he was 9. At 14, he began working as an assistant for Lionel Freedman, an award-winning studio photographer in New York City. He didn’t learn to ski until he moved to Lake Tahoe in 1972, where a spirited de Vré found himself shooting in the nucleus of ski culture, surrounded by folklorish figures who helped…

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a desert island

The empty, remote, unexplored mountains in the U.S. are dwindling. Among the few unknowns left include the La Sals, an island of snowcapped peaks in the middle of a red desert in southeastern Utah.Last winter, Colter Hinchliffe and Tim Durtschi spent two weeks exploring Utah’s second highest range. Photographer Nic Alegre joined them for one week. Aided by snowmobiles, the trio covered the range’s 10-mile span, mapping out a list of spots to ski—technical descents off 12,000-foot peaks, barren slopes for backcountry booters, rocky fingers ideal for mini golf lines. Fifty miles from the popular climbing and mountain biking town of Moab, the trio saw few other people once up in the mountains. Their photos reflect the striking contrast between elements.“The best part of it was just that opportunity to…

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what really matters

On the evening of September 14, 2015, I was sitting at home watching TV when my phone rang. Six days earlier, I’d had surgery on my left leg, just above my calf, to remove a large chunk of melanoma, which I’d been diagnosed with earlier that summer. The incision was six inches long and so deep and gnarly I nearly fainted when I saw it for the first time. During the operation, Dr. Robert Andtbacka, a surgeon at the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute, had also removed a single lymph node from my left groin to see if the melanoma had spread, which would make it a much more serious situation.I wasn’t too worried. I’d always been healthy and active, but when my phone rang, I knew immediately something…