Snow Stories

Garrett Grove
Nine and a Half
Nine and a Half
Nine and a Half
Mattias Fredriksson

When Swedish mountain guide Per Ås lost half of his left index finger, he started to question if he would ever find his way back to working in the mountains. A few years later, he has learned to live with it.

9 min de lecture
Overburden
Overburden
Overburden
Dave Quinn

Coal built this ski town. Can the locals keep skiing without it?

9 min de lecture
A Leadership Supreme
A Leadership Supreme
A Leadership Supreme
Brooklyn Bell

The mountain-biking star of Becoming Ruby seeks out some of skiing's most powerful females.

3 min de lecture
Ground Control
Ground Control
Ground Control
Johnie Gall

Snowboarder Alex Yoder takes a regenerative approach to his new coffee business by thinking like an astronaut.

6 min de lecture
The Relentless Push and Pull of a Mountain Guide
The Relentless Push and Pull of a Mountain Guide
The Relentless Push and Pull of a Mountain Guide
Matt Hansen

How Zahan Billimoria recalibrated after unthinkable tragedy.

15 min de lecture
Hair of the Dog
Hair of the Dog
Hair of the Dog
Bonnie Tsui

A skiing family’s shear joy.

3 min de lecture
A Matter of Love
A Matter of Love
A Matter of Love
Colin Wiseman

Marie-France Roy on speaking up for our home planet.

6 min de lecture
Her Stride
Her Stride
Her Stride
Molly Baker

Natasha Woodworth, the designer behind Patagonia’s new backcountry ski touring kits, approaches skiing and technical design with the same understated competence.

7 min de lecture
A Brave, Generous Place
A Brave, Generous Place
A Brave, Generous Place
Lee House

Observations of unraveling ecosystems from the snow-lovers of Sitka, Alaska.

7 min de lecture
Will You Vote for Winter?
Will You Vote for Winter?
Will You Vote for Winter?
Maia Wikler

Snow lovers and professional athletes are mobilizing to elect climate leaders.

6 min de lecture
One Lap at a Time
One Lap at a Time
One Lap at a Time
Matthew Tufts

An eclectic band of Argentine locals cultivates a grassroots backcountry ski community in one of the world’s most unforgiving mountain ranges.

9 min de lecture
Coming Home
Coming Home
Coming Home
Emilé Zynobia

For three women of color in Wyoming, going into the mountains isn’t about representation—it’s about reclaiming their power, together.

7 min de lecture
Down from the Mountains
Down from the Mountains
Down from the Mountains
Josefine Ås

A French mountain guide’s move to become a permaculture farmer.

4 min de lecture
Trying Adds Up
Trying Adds Up
Trying Adds Up
Nick Russell

After years of dreaming, Nick Russell and Christian Pondella complete a clean descent on Mount Morrison in the Eastern Sierra.

6 min de lecture
What Do the Winds Bring?
What Do the Winds Bring?
What Do the Winds Bring?
Kieran Brownie

After surviving calamity in British Columbia’s Coast Mountains, a few skiers return to COVID-19.

10 min de lecture
Ride Flat Pow
Ride Flat Pow
Ride Flat Pow
Patagonia

Changing our dynamics with the mountains can help us be in them longer, and appreciate them more.

3 min de lecture
Ryland Bell’s Chilkat Hideaway
Ryland Bell’s Chilkat Hideaway
Ryland Bell’s Chilkat Hideaway
Colin Wiseman

Predawn on April 4, 2019. There’s hardly any snow in the mountains. Worst year in recent history, the locals are saying. We’re loading boxes of food onto the ferry, preparing to board the Alaska Marine Highway from Juneau to Haines. “It’s southeast Alaska, you never know,” Ryland Bell says. “It might rain for 90 days…

10 min de lecture
Keep Red Lady Free: The Fun-Loving Activists of Crested Butte
Keep Red Lady Free: The Fun-Loving Activists of Crested Butte
Keep Red Lady Free: The Fun-Loving Activists of Crested Butte
Laura Yale

 A mining company owns the mineral rights to a Colorado mountain. For 42 years, the Red Ladies have been showing up—and dressing up—to keep the mountain wild.

7 min de lecture
A Painful Conversation with Skier and Hot Sauce Maker Carston Oliver
A Painful Conversation with Skier and Hot Sauce Maker Carston Oliver
A Painful Conversation with Skier and Hot Sauce Maker Carston Oliver
Sakeus Bankson

As seen in the November 2019 Journal. For the recipe behind Carston’s Spicy Magic Sauce, scroll to the end of the story. Although my tongue felt as if it might melt, Carston Oliver assured me I was not, in fact, going to die. “That’s just the capsaicin,” he told me, as he calmly ordered some…

7 min de lecture
Ski-Touring Banff National Park with Two Teen Daughters
Ski-Touring Banff National Park with Two Teen Daughters
Ski-Touring Banff National Park with Two Teen Daughters
Kennan Harvey

A group of four skiers moves methodically across the snow-covered Wapta Icefield ahead of me in single file connected by a thread-like rope—mothers on each end, Cheryl and Nan, and their two daughters, Roan and Sailor, in the middle. As Roan’s father and Cheryl’s husband, I’m tagging along on this five-day hut-based ski tour in…

6 min de lecture
The Summit Which Never Melts: Dookʼoʼoosłííd
The Summit Which Never Melts: Dookʼoʼoosłííd
The Summit Which Never Melts: Dookʼoʼoosłííd
Len Necefer

Snow and icy rime break from the porous black volcanic ridgeline crackling beneath my feet. Gale-force updrafts from the gullied ridges below whip the skis and splitboards strapped to our backs. Each gust forces us to step toward the cornice that hangs above the caldera to our right. The temperature drops steadily and our breath…

8 min de lecture
Suffering for Solitude
Suffering for Solitude
Suffering for Solitude
Jasper Gibson

Telegraph Creek, B.C. to Wrangell, Alaska by Ski and Kayak

8 min de lecture
Circumnavigating Crater Lake by Ski
Circumnavigating Crater Lake by Ski
Circumnavigating Crater Lake by Ski
Colin Wiseman

Sampling the Offerings at Crater Lake “Go for Dirksen…” There was considerable static on my little two-way radio, but it was a small miracle we could hear Josh Dirksen at all. We hadn’t seen him since a dinner rendezvous two days prior in Bend. An agreed-upon radio channel and call time had actually worked, as…

7 min de lecture
The Sierra Snow Wolf: Snowboarder Nick Russell
The Sierra Snow Wolf: Snowboarder Nick Russell
The Sierra Snow Wolf: Snowboarder Nick Russell
Max Hammer

On the west face of Mount Whitney, just off the summit of the highest peak in the lower 48, we had to traverse right. For us skiers it was no real issue, a bit of sidestepping and poling would do the trick. Yet, our group was comprised of both two sticks and singular planks, and…

4 min de lecture
Treeline: Trespassing
Treeline: Trespassing
Treeline: Trespassing
Garrett Grove

When we move through the forest in winter, we’re often left wonderstruck by snow-shrouded trees bent and morphed from years of wear in silent solitude. Their depth of character becomes evident as we weave ourselves into their lives and ecosystems. But we often tell our stories and not theirs. Our new film Treeline follows skiers…

5 min de lecture
Treeline: The Core
Treeline: The Core
Treeline: The Core
Taro Tamai

When we move through the forest in winter, we’re often left wonderstruck by snow-shrouded trees bent and morphed from years of wear in silent solitude. Their depth of character becomes evident as we weave ourselves into their lives and ecosystems. But we often tell our stories and not theirs. Our new film Treeline follows skiers…

3 min de lecture
Treeline: Homegrown
Treeline: Homegrown
Treeline: Homegrown
Leah Evans

When we move through the forest in winter, we’re often left wonderstruck by snow-shrouded trees bent and morphed from years of wear in silent solitude. Their depth of character becomes evident as we weave ourselves into their lives and ecosystems. But we often tell our stories and not theirs. Our new film Treeline follows skiers…

3 min de lecture
Treeline: The Film
Treeline: The Film
Treeline: The Film
Molly Baker

When we move through the forest in winter, we’re often left wonderstruck by snow-shrouded trees bent and morphed from years of wear in silent solitude. Their depth of character becomes evident as we weave ourselves into their lives and ecosystems. But we often tell our stories and not theirs. Our new film Treeline follows skiers and…

3 min de lecture
Treeline: A Story Written in Rings
Treeline: A Story Written in Rings
Treeline: A Story Written in Rings
Laura Yale

Quietly, patiently, trees endure. They are the oldest living beings we come to know during our time on earth, living bridges into our planet’s expansive past. Treeline is a film celebrating the forests on which our species has always depended—and around which some skiers and snowboarders etch their entire lives. Follow a group of snow-seekers,…

5 min de lecture
Getting the Snow Industry Excited About Recycled Fabrics
Getting the Snow Industry Excited About Recycled Fabrics
Getting the Snow Industry Excited About Recycled Fabrics
Patagonia

Before we could challenge the snow industry to move to recycled materials, we had to change our thinking, too. There are a number of ways to reduce a garment’s impact, but none more significant than making it out of recycled fabric. Doing so keeps material out of landfills and cuts demand for the petroleum used…

2 min de lecture
The Punk Rockers of Ski Mountaineering
Illustration: Walker Cahall
The Punk Rockers of Ski Mountaineering
The Dirtbag Diaries

“The notion that there’s one dream that we’re all after, and agreed upon ways in which you can verify that you are indeed living that dream drives me crazy,” says Forest McBrian. “Everyone’s dream is a little bit different. If there is a dream that we all lust after, then we’re all just trying to…

1 min de lecture
Block Party: A Celebration in the Long Overdue Sierra Snow
Block Party: A Celebration in the Long Overdue Sierra Snow
Block Party: A Celebration in the Long Overdue Sierra Snow
Hans Ludwig

On January 23, it was snowing so hard that the sound, the roaring hiss of snow hitting the ground, woke me up at 3 a.m. I threw on a jacket and walked outside into the certain knowledge that California’s nearly five-year snow drought was over. It was the deepest, most stacked I’d ever seen my…

4 min de lecture
“The Last Hill:” A Film About Getting There Slowly
Eric Pollard picks a nice spot to chill. Virginia Lakes, California. Photo: Andrew Miller
“The Last Hill:” A Film About Getting There Slowly
Max Hammer

We were off-the-couch bikers, versed in miles per hour, not miles per day. After seven days of biking to ski, we needed a rest day. Hot springs mandatory. We remembered a shortcut to the Green Church pools, which was 9 miles shorter than the highway route. Shortcuts—with deeply rutted, washboard dirt roads on bicycles loaded…

2 min de lecture
Raising Less Wasteful Kids—Starting with One Red Hand-Me-Down Jacket
Photo: Jeff Cricco
Raising Less Wasteful Kids—Starting with One Red Hand-Me-Down Jacket
Patagonia

The jacket was probably red once but it’s now more of a muddy pink with an overlay of permanent scuff and smudge. The zipper, replaced four years ago, stands out a little brighter. The interior sports a size tag (Kids XXS) but has no hand-me-down label—it predates that Patagonia tradition. Around 13 years ago, it…

2 min de lecture
“When the Mountains Were Wild:” A Film About the Northern Albanian Alps
Photo: Carlos Blanchard
“When the Mountains Were Wild:” A Film About the Northern Albanian Alps
Mitch Tölderer

I was looking for real mountain wilderness in Europe. All of the roads, ski lifts, huts, dams and avalanche safety reports make it really easy and comfortable to access great ski touring, climbing and freeriding in the central European Alps. Some of the huts feel more like hotels than shelters for mountaineers. The price we…

3 min de lecture
Eastbound on the Trans-Canada Highway in Search of Snow
Photo: Colin Wiseman
Eastbound on the Trans-Canada Highway in Search of Snow
Colin Wiseman

It started as a joke: “Do you think the interior has snow?” Marie-France Roy posed the question. She, Kael Martin, Sean Black and I were eating a stale breakfast in a Campbell River, BC, hotel lobby. It was warm and murky outside. That kind of murk which can only mean January drizzle on Canada’s west…

3 min de lecture
Recherches fréquentes