Category Archives: Western U.S. & Canada

How to Plan a Heli-ski Trip

Salt Lake City, UT – Heli-skiing is the ultimate dream for any powder-focused skier or snowboarder, but when you look at the costs, it often becomes apparent why the “once in a lifetime” tag is so appropriate. In this article we’ll guide you through how to choose and plan the perfect heli-ski trip for the best return for your investment. … Continue reading How to Plan a Heli-ski Trip

Whisper Ridge Cat Skiing: Just East of Paradise

Paradise, UT – It’s nearly dark as I’m shouldering my skis and walking back to my truck, parked at the end of an unplowed private ranch road in the southeastern corner of northern Utah’s agrarian Cache Valley. The smell of diesel still wafts from the rumbling red snowcat that I just disembarked. Horses and deer … Continue reading Whisper Ridge Cat Skiing: Just East of Paradise

Ski and Snowboard Baggage Fees on Airlines Worldwide

Salt Lake City, UT – Face it: as if airline travel these days isn’t enough of a hassle, traveling with skis or a snowboard has become an absolute pain. As a result, many travelers who used to bring their own gear now rent when they arrive at their destination. That, however, can be costly, and the … Continue reading Ski and Snowboard Baggage Fees on Airlines Worldwide

At the End of a Dead-End Road: Mt. Baker

Bellingham, WA – At some point during our second day skiing at Mount Baker in Washington, we were meandering through steep, open woods when we came across a warning sign marked with a skull and crossbones: “non-survivable CLIFF!” Considering the terrain that people routinely ski — and jump off of — at Baker, that must have been some … Continue reading At the End of a Dead-End Road: Mt. Baker

Gunnison Getaway: Colorado Skiing on a Budget

Gunnison-Crested Butte, CO – Let’s start off by confronting an undeniable truth: skiing is expensive, and it always has been. Once you’re past the cost of the initial learning curve (and resorts have thankfully done something about that in recent years), you’re paying north of $100 for daily lift tickets and buying pricey gear and apparel … Continue reading Gunnison Getaway: Colorado Skiing on a Budget

Polar Star Hut: The Pain and The Pleasure

Eagle, CO – “The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.” – Tony Robbins The quiet of the mountainside is mocking us. I have to stop every few yards, … Continue reading Polar Star Hut: The Pain and The Pleasure

Early Season Skiing in Colorado

Denver, CO – I firmly believe that the day after Labor Day is the saddest day of the year. A palpable sense of melancholy washes over me as I trudge into the office every year on that Tuesday morning. Summer is over, and while it’s still nice enough to go outside and enjoy all of the same activities that … Continue reading Early Season Skiing in Colorado