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To Ski Bretton Woods is to Ski in Peace

To Ski Bretton Woods is to Ski in Peace

Take a deep breath. You’re not in heaven–it’s just New Hampshire. “But where are all the people? People are great! They created JIF! Fast cars!” Yes, but they also created lift lines. Fortunately there’s a nook in the White Mountains of New Hampshire that big crowds tend to avoid, where the snow stays good, the accommodations cozy, and the views breathtaking. That spot is Bretton Woods, New Hampshire’s largest ski area, and it should be on your list of resorts to ski before you die. A Quick Overview Bretton Woods sits in the little town of Carroll, whose population hovers around a cool 763. It is a focal point for summer recreation with easy access to the surrounding White Mountains, the Appalachian Trail that runs right through town, views of/a trip to the top of Mt. Washington, and a chance to check out a historical landmark at the Mount Washington Hotel. In the winter, though, thoughts start to shift to skiing (and staying at the Mount Washington Hotel). A decent drive from anything resembling a city–three hours from Boston and two hours, give or take, from both Portland, ME and Burlington, VT–New Hampshire’s largest ski resort is a hideaway, like a bear deep in hibernation, from the craziness of our lives. Here, there’s just a low-brow ski culture, good snow, and memorable lodging that make this place one of our favorite resorts to hit in New England. 5 Time Winner of Ski Magazine’s Best Grooming in the East So What About the Skiing? If you’re looking for steeps and chutes to fuel your adrenaline needs, you won’t find it...
Whistler is Getting Nuked

Whistler is Getting Nuked

December got real. After a disappointing November that usually supplies endless refills, Whistler Blackcomb came roaring back for a legendary December. During the month of December, 151″ of blower pow fell on the resort, surpassing the previous record set in 1994. It was a month to remember for locals and tourists alike, at least those who could hang on to their stamina and/or free schedules. Skier numbers on the mountain waned throughout the month as tired legs caught up and the Sea to Sky Highway, which connects Whistler to it’s huge fan base in Vancouver, continued to get pounded throughout the month. Luckily for those in Whistler and those willing to fight the treacherous road conditions, new snow storms are still rolling in and they have yet to let off. So far this month 59″ of snow has fallen, including a 29″ deluge that completely shut down the highway. The result of all the new snow is a 112″ base and a resort that is 100% open. The resort is completely yours to explore and the time is now to do it–powder conditions exist all over the place. Split across two ski areas, Whistler and Blackcomb, who officially became one in 2003 after intense rivalry, the mountain boasts over 8,000 acres of terrain. After this storm cycle, finding a powder stash or two (or ten) shouldn’t be too hard. Go and get the goods! Check here for Whistler Blackcomb Deals  ...
The On-Mountain Tacos of Your Dreams

The On-Mountain Tacos of Your Dreams

Ever wondered what it would be like to eat a taco in the middle of your ski run? No? Well, you can. Steamboat just rolled out the Taco Beast — a snow cat dedicated to bringing hot tacos directly to your face right on the mountain. Finally you can cozy up to a nice pile of barbacoa after slashing pow for hours and ingrain memories of famous Champagne Powder and Mexican cuisine. A match made in heaven. This winter, after parking the cat at the base during the summer, the resort decided to take things mobile. Taco Beast roams the mountain, tacos in tow, selecting a few locations shared over Twitter for guest to ski to, pull up a seat, and grab a delicious hot taco under some Colorado rays. View this post on Instagram Catch the Taco Taco Beast at the bottom of the Sunshine lift this week. Follow along at Steamboat.com/TacoBeast or on Twitter st @TacoBeastSBT for hours and location details. #SteamboatResort #TacoBeastSBT A post shared by Steamboat Dining (@steamboatdining) on Dec 22, 2018 at 8:11pm PST Menu The available tacos include beef barbacoa, elk chorizo, pollo asado, and a unique “tres hermanas”, which is a blend of roasted butternut squash, black beans, and corn. There are of course salsa options galore and they’re selling some roasted corn mixed with sour cream and cheese called esquites, as well. All of these are available Thursday-Monday 11am-2pm. If you can’t get there soon, let that video above whet your whistle. Time to get to Steamboat! Find Steamboat Lift Tickets Here...
Why You Should Ski Sugarloaf ASAP

Why You Should Ski Sugarloaf ASAP

Don’t Loaf on the ‘Loaf A quick search for Sugarloaf on Powder Magazine’s website turns up a torrent of titles like “Storm Dispatch” and “All Time”, whose sole purpose is to wax poetically about eyebrow deep days just after a storm. The resort is in prime position to get hammered by Nor’easters — massive New England storms that roll in off the Atlantic Ocean and can blank the area in several feet of snow — and showcase big mountain terrain within Maine’s Carrabassett Valley. Across terrain as varied as some Western resorts, an area designated for nordic skiing, skating, and fat biking, and a heavy dose of Maine mountain culture, Sugarloaf is the place to have a dang good time. The Stats Beginner: 23%   |   Intermediate: 34%   |   Advanced: 27%   |   Expert: 16% Skiable Acres: 1,230   |   Highest Point: 4,237′   |   Vert: 2,820′   So what’s the deal with the terrain? Can you actually get a big mountain feel in the East? After all, at 2,820′ the vert at Sugarloaf  is only 40′ less than Breckenridge. From the top the mountain the bulk of the resort falls down below, featuring your typical mix of runs from mellow groomers to steep bumps. At the very top, though, lies one of Sugarloaf’s claims to fame — wide open snowfields accessed by the only lift to reach above treeline in New England. A fire in the 1800s scoured the top of the mountain and wind has kept any trees from growing back. Yes, wind, and conditions can vary because of it, but if you head...
Big Sky Opens Most Advanced Lift in the World

Big Sky Opens Most Advanced Lift in the World

The Biggest Skiing in America Just Went Huge In case you hadn’t thought of getting your butt warmed next to seven of your best friends, the good folks in Southwest Montana went ahead and did that for you. Leading the American Charge On Dec. 15, last Saturday, Big Sky Resort unveiled the Ramcharger 8 — America’s first 8-person lift and, according to Big Sky, the most technologically advanced lift in the world. While Europe may have been the first to introduce an 8 person chair back in 1997, Boyne Resorts, the parent company of Big Sky, has been leading the American charge with an impressive history of firsts. Teamed with with Austria-based lift maker Doppelmayr, Boyne has put up the world’s first triple and quad chairlifts as well as the first high-speed six-person chair in America. The Ramcharger 8 Now that we’re on to 8, it only makes sense that Boyne, Big Sky, and the Ramcharger 8 would be the first of it’s kind. To make it happen, though, they had to call in help from all corners of the globe. Construction Starting in Doppelmayr’s hometown, Wolfburg, Austria, each part was manufactured and shipped in containers to the United States, where, on May 15, 2018, the crew started piecing the behemoth together. Big Sky employed the help of hundreds of workers, including a black hawk helicopter, which lifted 6,000lb buckets of concrete at a time and, later, 6,500lb cross beams to hold the cables our chairs rely on. And that cable? It rolled in from Austria at a cool 78,000 lbs–that’s the kind of numbers required to transport 3,600...