What You Need to Know About Avalanche Safety in the Backcountry

A dangerously unstable snowpack and an influx of people to the backcountry have contributed to a rash of deaths this winter. Here’s what you need to know about avalanche safety.

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Ted Ligety Announces Retirement From Alpine Skiing

At 36, the only American man to win two Olympic gold medals in Alpine skiing is stepping away from the sport to spend more time with his growing family.

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N.Y. Ski Conditions: A Snowslide, Few Lift Tickets, Beer in the Parking Lot

“At least we are freaking open,” one resort owner said.

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Austrian Lockdown Covers Schools and Stores, but Not Ski Hills

A sunny holiday weekend drew a crush of skiers to Austria’s slopes, with crowded lift lines and parking lots making a mockery of social distancing rules.

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‘Stay Alive and Survive’: Ski Resorts Brace for a Pandemic Season

Many have put capacity restrictions in place, even as new lockdowns may spook visitors.

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At French Resorts, Skiing Has Become an Uphill Sport

The government closed ski lifts, fearing they might spread the coronavirus. The skiers came anyway.

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Hig Roberts, Ski Champion, Comes Out as Gay

In an interview with The New York Times, Hig Roberts, a two-time U.S. national champion, becomes the first elite men’s Alpine skier to publicly come out as gay, hoping to encourage others to be themselves.

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Ski Champion Comes Out as Gay: ‘I’m Ready to Be Happy’

In an interview with The New York Times, Hig Roberts, a two-time U.S. national champion, becomes the first elite men’s Alpine skier to publicly come out as gay, hoping to encourage others to be themselves.

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It’s the Winter of Backcountry. Here’s How to Start Safely.

The pandemic has many people wanting to avoid crowded slopes. Going into the backcountry requires avalanche knowledge or a guide. Here are suggestions for taking part across the United States.

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Vermont’s Ski Season, on the Brink

Just as winter was about to start, the state instituted a stricter quarantine and test requirement for visitors, and the snow-sports economy is bracing for the impact.

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Winter Sports Athletes Are Crisscrossing Europe for Races. Is That a Good Idea?

A World Cup schedule demands what medical experts have been advising against since March — large group gatherings and international travel.

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Ski, Party, Seed a Pandemic: The Travel Rules That Let Covid-19 Take Flight

The World Health Organization said open borders would help fight disease. Experts, and a global treaty, emphatically agreed. But the scientific evidence was never behind them.

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Mikaela Shiffrin, Staggered by 2020, Wants to Enjoy Ski Racing Again

Her father’s death, pandemic-caused cancellations and a wildfire evacuation gave the World Cup champion a new view on competing: “I want to enjoy it, the way I have enjoyed it in the past.”

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