It had been snowing all day and now it was dark, the air thick with falling flakes. The world was muffled and soft in the way it only is when it snows, and after dinner my dad started getting our coats and snow pants and boots on. We were little and an adventure outside in …

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Banff should be on your bucket list. Not just for winter, but if you are going to pick the snowy season, the three ski resorts located in Banff National Park offer mind-blowing views, and 7,700 acres of skiable terrain. Lake Louise Ski Resort, Sunshine Village and Mt. Norquay have beginner slopes and big mountain bowls, …

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Allyson Leang is founder of The Ski Lab, a small “mom-and-pop” operation in Park City, Utah. She and her husband handcraft custom skis for everyone from seasoned backcountry experts to newcomers to the sport, and provide DIY-minded ski and snowboard-building enthusiasts with high-quality materials and supplies. Every pair of Ski Lab skis is unique, designed …

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Part Two: How I Got Myself Out of This Mess When I started thinking about this trek, I had just spent three long months recovering from a concussion. During those three months, the modicum of ski bum fitness that I’d maintained through the winter had diminished—drastically. I built it back up in baby steps: first, …

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The thought crystalized as clearly as the ice sculptures I’d seen the day before in the Crystal Garden of Confederation Park: I couldn’t feel my feet. Standing on frozen Dow’s Lake, in the early morning before the Winterlude Triathlon, this January, I had done my best to bundle against the cold. My three layers, plus …

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Christine Dennison is currently training for a North Pole endurance ski race sponsored by The Mamont Foundation, which promotes arctic awareness, education, and conservation. The event will be held from April 14-24, 2015 and will begin in Svalbard, Norway and move to the ice camp Barneo. There are four teams of five athletes who will …

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The opening shots are of a skier getting ready for the day— “The Mountains” calling on the phone, teeth getting brushed, bites taken out of a breakfast burrito, gear organized in piles—only the toes that hit the floor ready to be shoved into ski boots have bright pink polish on them. And so begins Pretty …

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Turning back at this point would be more dangerous than continuing forward–it wasn’t an option. Trying to click into my skis on this grade would also be too risky. The only choice was to keep moving upward, up over the lip of the bowl and onto the gentler slope of the snowfield above. I knew this, logically, but I still couldn’t move my boot up to the next foothold. The fear was visceral, and I felt pathetic. I was frozen.

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Cross-country skiing is certainly an amazing workout. It passes my personal “how hard am I working?” test: it makes me sweat while I’m doing it and makes me sore when I’m done. With cross country, the sweat is intense (great for a cold weather sport as long as you keep moving) and the soreness is all over – legs, core, and arms.

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