Christian Løvenskiold & Cooper Branham
Eldora Mountain may not be the most famous Colorado ski area, but it certainly is a place worth getting to know. Located outside of Nederland in Boulder County, Eldora is home to a cast of local characters that know how to keep things interesting. Cornerstones of the community range from a board shop owner, mentors for collegiate athletes, environmental advocates, members of the US and Canadian Ski Hall of Fames and international transplants that could ski anywhere in the world but choose to stay here. Eldora Mountain is a place that feels special, and it doesn’t get more local than this.
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There’s a place in Wyoming where the buffalo still roam, the cowboys still ride, and the West is still wild, where skiers come together. Some, like 2019 “Queen of Corbet's” Caite Zeliff, come to Jackson Hole to make it big in the world of freeriding. Others, like Rob and Kit DesLauriers, who have already made it as ski industry veterans, settle in Jackson to raise their daughters Grace and Tia in the mountains. And some, like natives Forrest Jillson and Cam Fitzpatrick, decide to stay in Jackson because it will always be home, and there’s no place else they’d rather be skiing.
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For centuries, conquering the Mont Blanc massif range around Chamonix has been a pilgrimage for mountaineers looking to prove themselves in the French Alps. The steeps off Aiguille du Midi alone are enough to put any skier to the test. Utah based big mountain skier Marcus Caston, Canadian World Cup racer Erin Mielzynski, and Swedish Olympian Mattias Hargin join forces in Chamonix to take on the legendary mountain range, aided by world champion freerider and Chamonix local Aurélien Ducroz. Together, this unlikely group of skiers embarks on a mountaineering adventure that could only be found in Chamonix.
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From the peak of the iconic Matterhorn above Zermatt, to the picturesque high-country valleys of the Arosa Lenzerheide ski region, the Swiss Alps have long inspired the imagination of snowriders around the world, like Alaskan natives Ryland Bell and Morgan Hebert. The trip gets even better when they link up with former US Open Halfpipe champ Rob Kingwill. The three snowboarders gear up and immerse themselves in Switzerland’s enchanting mountains. From the deep-rooted culture to the expansive mountain slopes, Switzerland offers up a delicious adventure.Photo Credit: Rob Kingwill
Not much can compare to the beauty of a road trip through coastal British Columbia unless it’s a road trip through coastal British Columbia that ends with a heli-ski trip into the Coast Range Mountains. Warren Miller Entertainment veterans Amie Engerbretson and Tyler Ceccanti meet up in Bella Coola for a heli-ski trip into the rugged wilderness of BC, where the annual snowfall averages over 100 feet, the terrain is steep, and the snow is the perfect consistency for sending it big.
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The San Juan’s in Colorado was once the center of a gold boom, beckoning miners in search of treasure. Today, old towns like Silverton still retain their mining history, but are now a destination for explorers seeking a different kind of prize; With over 400 inches of snowfall each winter, Silverton Mountain is the ultimate powder seekers dream. Big mountain skier Connery Lundin, Freeride world champ Lorraine Huber, and Olympic mogul skier Jaelin Kauf quickly find that with plenty of hike-to and heli-accessible terrain, the opportunities for striking gold in Silverton are endless.
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MIKE WIEGELE HELI-SKIING
When Austrian transplant Mike Wiegele landed in the mountains of Canada in 1959 in search of the world’s best powder, he had no idea the impact he would have on the sport of skiing. Now, 50 years after opening his own heli-skiing operation out of Blue River, British Columbia, and almost 50 years after Warren Miller first filmed there, Wiegele World has become a dream destination for skiers around the world. Luckily for pro skiers Jim Ryan and Austin Ross, Mike and his staff, including 30-year guide Bob Rankin, continue to provide great powder and unforgettable experiences.
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Baker Boyd, Ian Morrison
Baker Boyd and Ian Morrison, two North American homegrown ski-town guys from Aspen and Whistler, take on the “Cradle of Alpine Skiing” in the Austrian Alps. Road tripping from Kitzbühel to Sölden to Ötztal to Arlberg, they explore the regions famously known as the birthplace of modern-day alpine skiing, and also where après is just as notorious as the terrain. Navigating their appetite for skiing and schnitzel, Baker and Ian find themselves mesmerized by the raw beauty and inherent ski culture of the Austrian Alps.
MUSTANG POWDER CAT SKIING
Mustang Powder Lodge, located in the Monashee Mountains of British Columbia, does not cater to the casual skier. The cat skiing operation is strictly for expert skiers only, so it’s a good thing that Montana-based skiers Brenna Kelleher and AJ Oliver are certified by the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA). But even pros like them can still take lessons, which is exactly what happens when ski legend Glen Plake shows up to drop some knowledge about the joys of skiing.