Travel Features


The Wallowa Way - Interpretive Skiing in Oregon's First Wilderness
Wallowas

The McCully River is comforting to the King. Barely audible and moving counter to our skin track, it babbles to us through a winter's worth of eastern Oregon snow. The King can feel the flow, he says.

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Cowboy Corn - Old Boys and Outlaws Take on the Tetons
Cowboy Corn

Piloting the land ship at a comfortable 60 miles per hour up the Wilson, Wyoming side of Teton Pass, Peter belts out a few lines of the Ian Tyson country track playing in the tape deck, while his hired man Patrick Gilroy points out some of his winter's skiing exploits on folds of earth south of the road.

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Mistaya Mountain Hop
Mistaya

The message is coming from my feet, and it's painful. A month after sustaining Stage III frostbite on four toes they are now bionic thermometers telling me the temperature is dropping considerably as we near the 9,300' col between the Wildcat Glacier and the Wapta Icefield.

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Point & Chute - Eastern Skiing's Hard Core
Point & Chute - Eastern Skiing's Hard Core

A mountain birch jabs at my throat. I dodge to the left but its white fingers grab my pack, snapping me backwards. I skin forward a few feet and maneuver my skis through the maze of spruce and hardwoods. But when I raise my head to meet the next obstacle, a snow-laden bough clotheslines me while simultaneously ripping back my hood and channeling its frozen load down my neck.

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The Rock : Newfoundland's Marble Mountain
The Rock : Newfoundland's Marble Mountain

Newfoundland. It's an apt name. In 1497, John Cabot called it the new world. Vikings hit its great northern peninsula 500 years earlier. But what was once a western hinterland is now eastern North America’s last frontier for the 21st century ski bum.

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