There you are, sitting at the top of your favorite mountain. On your right side is the comfort and ease of a nicely groomed run, and on the left is a difficult and exhausting mogul run -- what do you do? Shake and bake baby!
Being a chairlift isn't easy. You're out there in the cold, constantly spinning in circles, pushing people's butts around all day. Plus, no one ever says thank you after a good ride and an angry mob forms when you're out sick. Here's our thank you to some of the best.
There's no real reason to fear the corporatization of the ski industry in general. Yes, much of the sport's old-time charm has vanished, but the experience of sliding on snow -- regardless of other resort trappings -- just keeps getting better.
What really stood out to me at the Tough Mudder, an 11-mile mountain run peppered with 23 crazy obstacles, was the teamwork. I would not have been able to scale those walls without the encouragement of my team.
For those looking for fresh ideas for 2011, there is a set of festivals still sneaking in under the radar with badass, blockbuster line-ups and evolved concepts that offer a fantastic festival experience.