Silver Mountain is home to some of the best skiing in northern Idaho, a region best known for thrilling terrain, deep snow, and sunshine. The ski area sits nestled in the mountains above the town of Kellogg, connected by the long gondola of commuting visitors between the slopes and their lodging. This gondola is an institution of the region, and to understand its history, and that of Silver Mountain is to learn the story of a community that has worked hard to transition from a 20th to 21st-century economy.
We’re heading West. The furthest west in the contiguous United States that offers a place to ski. We’re heading to the Olympic Mountains of Washington, to one of only three remaining ski areas located inside of a National Park. Have you guessed it yet?
When someone tells you to, “GET LOST!” about 45 minutes outside of Salmon, ID, go ahead and think twice. It might not be an insult, because tucked back 1/8 of a mile off of Highways 93 and 43 at the Montana/Idaho border, a hidden ski resort treasure sits, waiting for your arrival.
Written by: Ben Blauer | Edited by: Dara Barney The ‘Goodest Boy’ of White Pass ALERT! White Pass Ski Area has taken on a new crew member — a German Shephard named Maverick. Maverick is a one-year-old pure-bred owned by their very own Pro Patrol team member Michael Hildebrand. This bad-ass pooch is training to… Read more »
If you asked someone in North Carolina about skiing in 1938, they would have called you crazy or stared at you blankly… “Skiing in the South? That’s unheard of!” Tom and Judy Alexander had other plans though. Even before the technology existed, the Alexanders planted the seed of opening a ski resort in the South, forging the way for North Carolina skiing decades ahead of their time.
Long before downhill skiing was mainstream, before snowboarding was dreamt up, and before there was a true “ski industry,” American skiing was all about bringing small-town communities together and having a bit of fun in the winter cold. Modern skiing has become a serious luxury sport, full of Gondolas, pristine resorts, and private trips that have taken the sport far from its humble beginnings. But if you search beyond the lines of skiers and high-speed quads at the mega-ski areas, you can still find places where American skiing culture is thriving.
In the early years, if you were a skier, there was a little bit of “absurd” in you. It wasn’t the trendy winter sport you took your family on holiday to Aspen for. There were no glamorous lodges at the base of the mountain to sip hot cocoa at while seeking refuge from the bitter cold or a particularly rough storm. Hot tubs and comfortable, clean rooms with 24-hour service waiting for your return after a long day on the mountain were nonexistent. You were more likely to see a wild animal during your quest to ski a mountain slope than a stranger exploring the same terrain.
I think I speak for every snow lover when I say that I can vividly recall my first days on a mountain, learning to ski between the legs of my parents. I fell in love with the rush of gliding down a mountain, the bitter cold brushing against my face and the warm fire at the end of the day that gave light to our stories. Return to your roots at Bolton Valley.
Steeped in history, the Bomber Bowl run at Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort is a snow mecca for Central Washington riders and visitors alike. The long run starts at the top of the Liberator express, wraps around the west side of the resort, and offers some of the best skiing in the Northwest.
Imagine carving down a perfectly groomed slope just after dark and something catches your eye from the tree line. Something green and fuzzy. Something with horns coming out of its head… and just like that, you are meeting the mascot of Hoodoo Ski Resort.
Swiss-born ski legend, Hans Thorner, dreamt of building a ski resort that he could dub, “a little corner of Switzerland.” After spending nearly three decades operating ski schools across the US, Thorner landed in the quaint region of Londonderry, VT. From the rich history and classic Swiss tradition to the friendly environment and spectacular terrain, Magic Mountain is a destination you should be adding to your winter wishlist.
First of all, if you haven’t started making a list of places to find fresh powder this winter, you better start now. Summer is coming to an end which means winter is fast-approaching. It’s time to hit the Google machine for new and exciting terrain to conquer this upcoming season. What are you waiting for?
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