Ask people to describe their first day on skis or a snowboard and you'll likely get a variety of adjectives: exciting, fun and thrilling, but also scary, frustrating and intimidating.
Spring is here! With the sun shining and the snow deep, here are a handful of tips to help you make the most of your spring skiing. Oh, and don't forget your sunscreen!
When people moan about being too old to learn this sport or that, I usually want to scoff. Abilities often have way more to do with your enthusiasm and fitness level than any arbitrary number does.
We found our way into the mountains and, despite being outnumbered by two small children, I got them fully outfitted and into their lessons. Then I made a radical decision.
The brutally honest answer to that question is: You don't want to know. It will suck up all the fun, make your head explode, and torpedo your morale.
Looking back to those early years, I've been struck by what has and what hasn't changed about the ski industry in those three decades. Here are some thoughts.
Liberty is the closest snow resort to the Washington metro area -- usually a drive of under two hours. For that reason, it is a mélange of some of the most interesting people.
By Wendy Perrin, Condé Nast Traveler A look at Canada's Lake Louise. (Photo: FStop Images/Brian...
As for The Westin Riverfront, the initial appeal journalistically was a greener-than-green construction approach when it opened in 2009 as a leading-edge LEEDS property. Since then I've come to appreciate that LEEDS need not stand in the way of luxury.
Where I did not expect to come across skiing was doing research on a global hunger publication. But I did. In fact, in the darkest hours of World War II people used skis for their very survival: to find food.
Get four big dudes who can really sprint, cram them into one of those 12-foot-long space shuttles, and let's see if they can do a Double McTwist 1260 at 80 mph.
There are several possible causal mechanisms linking skiing and terrorism. I outline some of both the positive and negative associations.
Sochi has been getting a bad rep when it comes to hotels. But believe it or not, there are some very exceptional accommodations in Sochi (or to some -- the Russian Riviera), that border the region's stunning mountains and Black Sea waters.
The usual focus: Supportive (or hard-driving) parents, transformative coaches, inspiring (or bullying) siblings. Go behind the scenes to the more banal, and you actually find some fascinating stuff. I spent some time with two people, Brent Proulx and Miha Dolinar.
Ice skating is so popular in the Netherlands, such an integral part of the culture -- The King of the Netherlands proposed to the Queen on ice skates -- that it should not be surprising that the Dutch are very successful in speed skating events, especially at the Winter Olympics.
Great ski towns these days aren't just about great slopes. While that is of supreme importance when choosing a mountain to ride, it isn't all that matters when deciding on a ski getaway destination. A beautiful and quaint town, artisan boutiques, friendly locals and personalized lodging are just a few of our criteria.