This week's cover story, "Competitive skiing kept Army veteran Joel Hunt from going downhill," details the story of Hunt, who in a five-year span has gone from being a recently discharged Iraq war veteran struggling with debilitating injuries to a pro skier with a shot at the 2014 Paralympics in Rus ... More >>
Three times now, I've received a phone call that I never anticipated I'd get even once in my life. Two times, the call was from a friend who delivered the news; one time it was my mother. Though all three were different voices, each had a similar, haunting pitch and carried the same devastating mess ... More >>
On Sunday, Joseph Shematek, a 71 year old from Windsor, died at St. Anthony's Hospital following a skiing accident in Loveland. By our count, he's the seventeenth person to pass away as a result of injuries on the slopes of a Colorado resort this season, tying it for the deadliest on record.
Update: Sadly, the number of ski deaths in Colorado this season has grown again. On Sunday, 24-year-old Joshua Allen of Tampa, Florida, was found in the trees of the Elk Run underneath the Outback lift at Keystone and airlifted to Summit Medical Center, where he later died.
Update: For the second time in less than a week, a skier has been killed while schussing the slopes at Keystone. The death brings the total skier deaths this year in Colorado to eleven, just six shy of a macabre record set in 2008.
Salomon Freeski TV's clip of paraplegic skier Josh Dueck hucking the first-ever Sit Ski backflip has us as stoked as any other trick we've seen filmed this season. Dueck -- formerly a competitive freestyle skier before a T11 spinal chord injury in 2004 -- won bronze in the Mono Skier X event last we ... More >>
Snow Show fashion.A blizzard of snow business is about to hit Denver with the start of this week's Snow Snowconvention, and it's now snowing in the high country. But it's too little, too late to keep the Junior Freeskiing Tour on schedule.
MT, not CO.While Colorado skiers keep watching the skies and the weather reports, hoping to see some of the white stuff, other states aren't sitting idly by on their snowboards. Montana's Big Sky, for example is trying to rustle Colorado skiers...by honoring the Epic Pass issued by Vail Resor ... More >>
The wind beneath your wings! The Birds of Prey World Cup -- the only men's FIS World Cup alpine skiing event in the U.S. this year -- begins today at Beaver Creek, with the Men's Downhill competition beginning at 11 a.m. and a U.S. Ski Team autograph session tonight at 5 p.m. Tonight is also the 13t ... More >>
Colin BaneBode Miller lets loose over the new U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at CopperIf you live in Colorado and love alpine ski racing, get ready for a season of unprecedented access to the best of the best, thanks to Tuesday's grand opening of the new U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mount ... More >>
Welcome to the online version of The Edge 2011-2012, Westword's annual insider's guide to winter activities. This season has already seen plenty of snow, and that's just the beginning, as the 25 resorts profiled below have added new terrain, lifts, features, events and restaurants. To sort it ... More >>
The new U.S. Freeskiing National Team announced its first official team roster today, following April's news that Ski Halfpipe will be an Olympic medal sport at the 2014 Games in Sochi and that Copper Mountain will host the first Olympic qualifier for the event in December 2013. Three of the ... More >>
Damn ams! The USASA Nationals competition moves from snowboarding to freeskiing this weekend at Copper Mountain, with opening ceremonies on Saturday and competition running Sunday through Wednesday, pitting amateur skiers against each other in Superpipe, Slopestyle and Skiercross events. An ... More >>
The 2011 U.S. Alpine National Championships kick off today at Winter Park with the Men's Giant Slalom Nationals, and continue through the weekend with Women's GS tomorrow, Men's and Women's Super G on Saturday, and Men's and Women's Slalom on Sunday.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort celebrates 20 years of hosting the U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships this week, a truly extreme action sports event that predates the X Games and other extremism in sports lexicography by about four years. The resort bills itself as "the birthplace of Big Mou ... More >>
Sebastian Toutant's decision to skip Denver Big Air pays off in X Games goldDenver Big Air organizers at the Denver Sports Commission and the LG FIS Snowboard World Cup were right to be upset that top riders like Canadian Sebastian Toutant (aka "Seb Toots") stood them up in favor of getting i ... More >>
At the leftover Yam Jam on Friday, skiers and snowboarders alike gathered to face it off freestyle in a casual post-Thanksgiving competition. They were facing off against each other -- the skier and snowboarder events were separate -- but the real rivalry was, of course, between those who fav ... More >>
Pre-ski in your armchairs before you hit the slopes.
As reported with merciless pix on TheSmokingGunÂ and with keen analysis by our own intrepid Joel Warner ("New Ski Move Spotted at Vail"), a 48-year-old skier at Vail got depantsed on the chair lift yesterday, dangling upside down forÂ fifteen minutes while rescuers tried to get him down and fellow ... More >>
I have to admit: I always thought the men Cosmopolitan magazine chooses for its annual Most Eligible Bachelor contest were cheeseballs. Every year, fifty eligible bachelors (one from each state) pose shirtless in the mag, next to a brief description and quote, in the hopes of being crowned the Most ... More >>
Winter Activity Guide
Will the real Bobby Fenton please stand up?
Coors brews up another terrain park.
After thirty years, Squaw Pass is ready to make a comeback — as Echo Mountain Park.
This horrible Winter Olympics game doesn't even medal.
Vail hits back when an injured woman sues.
Ashley Stamp's deadly accident should look familiar to Vail.
Western State seeks to save its ski team with a dash for private cash.
These women are going downhill fast.
Breckenridge has a bad-boy image, but is there truth in advertising?