Western Montana’s Glacier Country, MT
On a road trip across western Montana, professional skiers Tyler Ceccanti and Collin Collins give a nod to Warren Miller’s original mode of travel back in the day, the teardrop trailer. Sleeping in parking lots, skiing local mountains and exploring yurts in the backcountry, these athletes prove that in Montana you don’t have to go back in time to enjoy what the mountains truly have to offer. Professional uphiller Keith Curtis arrives bringing local flavor and a contemporary touch to their throwback ski trip by fusing snowmobiling with freeskiing and showing the guys some of the best terrain in Glacier Country.
Skis, touring equipment, snowmobiles, yurts, teardrop trailer
Morgan Hebert, Ryland Bell
Alaska natives Ryland Bell and Morgan Hebert grew up looking toward the Chugach for inspiration. From fishing to competing on the Freeride World Tour, these homegrown athletes have proven their abilities in the big mountains that make up their backyard. Bell, winner of the 2016 Freeride World Tour in Haines, Alaska, meets up with Hebert to lay tracks on some of the steepest lines Points North Heli has to offer, from first descents to soulful turns among the vast features that make up the Southern Chugach Range.
Deer Valley, UT
Stein Eriksen mastered the sport of skiing early on, yet he never allowed himself to stop being a student. The strong relationship he held with the mountain lifestyle left a lasting impression on the skiing community and set the bar for passion as well as talent. For Stein, skiing was a fascination and a way of life where “everything is beautiful around you and you are inspired every minute of the day.” Today, Chris Anthony, Kaylin Richardson and other devotees of the sport pay homage to Stein, remembering what it truly means to “ski like Stein.”
Various skiers and snowboarders
Fenway Park | Boston, MA
Although Boston’s Fenway Park is one of America’s most iconic sporting arenas, it is an unlikely choice of venues for a ski and snowboard big air competition. Held in the heart of Beantown, the 2016 U.S. Grand Prix and FIS World Cup event presented single-digit weather and icy conditions to its athletes, making for an epic showdown, with Boston’s cityscape to set the scene. Some of the world’s best freeskiers and snowboarders throw down in an attempt to come out on top under the lights.
Skis, snowboards, big air ramp
Crested Butte, CO
When professional big-mountain skier and mom-to-be Ingrid Backstrom visits industry veteran Wendy Fisher at her home mountain of Crested Butte, Colorado, the two explore area’s terrain and prove that motherhood and skiing aren’t mutually exclusive---especially in a place like this. A former coal-mining town nestled in a sleepy valley in western Colorado, Crested Butte is as much a bike town as it is a ski town, making it the ideal host for the inaugural Fat Bike World Championships. The town’s ski roots run deep for Aaron Blunck, halfpipe Sochi Olympian and winner of the 2016 U.S. Grand Prix, “the memories of skiing in this place are endless.” Blunck is a third-generation Crested Butte local, carrying on the family tradition of uncovering the town’s skiing potential.
Fat bikes, skis
Daron Rahlves, Steamboat locals
Nothing winds down ski season like pond skimming, bubbly and spring skiing. One of skiing’s most decorated athletes, Daron Rahlves, enjoys the conditions on-mountain while partygoers give winter a proper send-off with live music and annual spring celebrations at Steamboat’s base village.
Squaw Valley|Alpine Meadows, CA
Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows used to be rival mountains, but over time they’ve evolved into sister slopes. Jeremy Jones, JT Holmes and Jonny Moseley are three of many top athletes who call the Tahoe area and its 3,600 skiable acres their home mountain. With the help of these mountains, Moseley, Holmes and Jones are able to keep their riding dreams alive while raising their families in an outdoor playground that will ignite the same passion in generations to come.
Quaint mountain villages infused with a rich ski culture and an Alpine backdrop with infinite lines make Switzerland a skier’s paradise. Getting outside her comfort zone in these Swiss peaks, Grete Eliassen looks to Jess McMillan for big-mountain guidance. “There aren’t a lot of rules once you get into the mountains, other than take care of yourself and the crew that you’re with,” says McMillan, a pioneer in big-mountain skiing. For Jess, backcountry exploration has been a way of life for a long time, and Grete hopes to follow her tracks, on the mountain and in life.
Skis, Glacier Express train
Kicking Horse, BC
Kicking Horse is more than a resort, it’s a “big-mountain experience.” The Kicking Horse Ski Patrol take professional skiers Kaylin Richardson, Marcus Caston and Matt Elliott to some of the most challenging lift-access terrain in North America proving the level of skilled avalanche control this environment demands. These patrollers work hard to manage the variable weather and mitigate the unstable topography that define this seemingly untamable mountain while showcasing not only their passion, but also their dedication.
Skis, avalanche gear, dynamite
Until they arrived in Greenland, snowboarders Seth Wescott and Rob Kingwill assumed it was “a desolate place, not meant for snowboarding.” But in eastern Greenland, approximately 6,500 vertical feet stem from an ice cap–dotted sea to host a lifetime of untapped terrain. The lack of infrastructure, the constant threat of polar bear encounters and the small population that inhabits the region add to the burliness of this trip. But amidst prime corn skiing, dogsledding and the warm, local people, Kingwill and Wescott find that an entire culture not only survives, but thrives here.