Despite all of this preparation, actually skiing at Portillo was like nothing we'd ever imagined or anticipated. It was wholly new and unexpected -- a surprising experience we can't wait to repeat.
I spent the better part of Saturday trying to catch up with Alan Delamere. The 79-year-old skier and engineer completed the 50-kilometer Sonot Kkaazoot ski race in less than five hours.
With loads of powder comes avalanche danger and it is a tad high so we stick to cruisier slopes and some steeper stuff amongst the trees. Either way the snow is pure magic, hero snow that makes powder skiers look good.
It's 4.00am and I'm battling the desire to fully awaken. My body is in Sydney but on USA time after three weeks in Colorado on the ski trip of a lifetime.
A ski trip had never given me the come hither. Aside from being remarkably uncoordinated and plagued by back problems and, I reside in the bone chilling tundra of Chicago, trekking to snow felt idiotic when I could revel in sub-zero temps at home.
Every day is different if you are an adaptive ski instructor. Names, faces, equipment and disabilities constantly vary and instructors need to be on their toes in order to keep up. But there's one thing that always remains the same: the learning curve.
I recently discovered that west isn't necessarily best when it comes to skiing. New Hampshire receives an annual average of 80 inches of fresh snow every year and offers a number of off-the-slopes activities that include snow shoeing, dog sledding, snow tubing, zip-lining and much more.
Across California, the snowpack has been 25 percent of the historical average. The state's $1.3 billion ski industry has been feeling it, with some resorts remaining closed and others closing for weeks at a time.
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We always try to get it right. But when it comes to pulling together a list of North America's favorite ski runs, it can be hard to touch all the bases.
New Mexico may not receive the same attention as its neighboring states of Colorado or Utah, but the Land of Enchantment has its fair share of great skiing.
After one run we stopped at the bottom to take some pictures of our group with our phones and I asked my friends if they'd take one of my son and me. As we stood with our arms around each other's waist and our helmets touching, he said, "I really like seeing you ski, Mom."
I'm not sure whether I'm Ryan's doppelgänger, but I do know this traumatic adventure proves three things: 1) Laughter is the best medicine. 2) The "star treatment" is a very real thing.
"Don't feel bad," said the teacher. "Toddlers have a very low center of gravity. You are much more tippy, so it's harder for you."
Who says you have to head to the beach for spring break? From where we're sitting, this time of the year is prime for the best skiing of the season. Check out a few of our favorite ski destinations below.
It's his name that strikes you first: Tiger. They don't call it the "eye of the shark," or lion, or bear. It's "eye of the tiger," and it seems to strike the cord and essence of competitive sports in the fullest and purest way.