The Cold Comforts of the Kirkenes Ice Hotel, Norway

By Melissa Klurman

Hotels sculpted out of ice and snow have a become a rite of passage for adventure travelers. But is a night on the ice all it's cracked up to be?

Traveler's Ski Report: Copper Mountain, Colorado

By Eric Peterson

See what's new at this popular Colorado resort, where you can now buy secret upgrade passes to cut the line.

Global Ski Resort: Prices Drop as the Season Ends

By Claire Walter

Whistler stretches its season and lowers its rates, Tahoe extends deals to 2009-2010 early birds, Zermatt makes Swiss skiing more affordable, and other special offers around the world.

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Slope Specs: Steamboat's Classic Slopes and Modern Amenities

By Claire Walter

Steamboat is a big ski area -- beefy as the surrounding ranch land -- that rises above the broad Yampa River Valley and is known for reliable and abundant feather-light snow.

Slope Specs: Alaska's Alyeska Pushes into Spring

By Claire Walter

No other resort combines true high-mountain terrain, a low oxygen-rich elevation, and splendid ocean views, in addition to a season that runs on to Memorial Day.

5 Ski Destinations in the Rockies that Won't Break the Bank

By Eric Peterson

A ski vacation can be a wallet-buster, but it doesn't have to be: There is plenty of great terrain in the Rockies not affixed to an exclusive, expensive zip code.

Slope Spec: Engelberg, Switzerland

By Claire Walter

Just reaching Engelberg is a totally Alpine experience. Trains depart every hour from Lucerne. During the final stretch, cogs are engaged and the Stans-Engelberg train clicks its way up to the village that lies in a high valley at about 3,400. From there, ski lifts reach to 9,900 feet for a vertical of nearly 6,500 feet -- unheard of in North America.

Slope Specs: Mad River Glen, Iconic Vermont Ski Area Celebrates its 60th

By Claire Walter

Changes here have been so incremental and subtle that people who skied Mad River six decades ago would still recognize it if they stood at the base and looked up the main liftline -- a single chairlift to this day.

Rockies Report: Downhill Prices Drop

By Claire Walter

Special offers and packages from hotels and resorts, lower prices on lift tickets and meals, and more reasons the slopes are more affordable this year.

Global Ski Report: Cheaper, Faster, and Snowier

By Claire Walter

A handful of winter deals at St. Moritz and Tahoe, new lifts at Whistler and Wildcat, plus more news from slopes around the world.

Slope Specs: Telluride, Jewel of Southwestern Colorado

By Claire Walter

Hippies, millionaires, and light-as-air powder: What to expect from a drop-dead luxury resort in a dead-end southwestern Colorado canyon.

Rockies Report: Boards at Taos, New Digs at Telluride, and More

By Claire Walter

This week's roundup includes an update on the first full season of snowboarding at Taos, renovations at Telluride, free skiing at Jackson Hole, and more updates.

Slope Specs: There's No Place Like Stowe Place

By Claire Walter

Modern amenities notwithstanding, skiing at Stowe still carries a pioneering pedigree and a reputation for challenge that confronted early skiers on the area's original single chair lift.

Winter Events Across the U.S.: From Pirates to Polar Bears, Turkey Bowling to Ballooning

By Charis Atlas Heelan

Don't let a bit of cold weather keep you indoors this winter. From Florida to Alaska, you'll find a diverse and interesting range of festivals to experience this frosty season.

Slope Specs: Mammoth Mountain, Southern California's Snowy Giant

By Claire Walter

October was a harbinger of good things to come at Mammoth: it opened 10 days ahead of schedule and brought about the resumption of commercial air service.

Global Report: Earthbound News & Sky-High Opportunities for Skiers & Snowboarders

By Claire Walter

Cover much of Austria with one lift pass, learn to snowboard with the industry leader, and the world's most expensive mountain pass.

Rockies Report: Airlines Provide an Expressway to the Slopes

By Claire Walter

Ski discounts from airlines and increased flights across the region make for faster routes to the powder this season.

Global Ski Report: More Lifts, Runs, and Terrain

By Claire Walter

Skiers around the globe have more to choose from this season, from secret slopes in Vermont, to more lifts in Alaska, to bigger and faster lifts in Bulgaria.

Slope Specs: Chamonix, The Monarch of French Mountain Resorts

By Claire Walter

Chamonix is far from the prettiest of European mountain towns, but in every other respect it is an unsurpassed destination for dedicated skiers, snowboarders, and mountaineers.

Rocky Mountain Report: Resorts Install State-of-the-Art Lifts

By Claire Walter

Thanks to new lifts and many resorts getting to the top of the mountain just got faster at ski resorts throughout the Rockies.

Slope Specs: Why Adelboden is a Little-Known Swiss Treasure

By Claire Walter

Adelboden is the kind of European ski resort that North Americans always say they hope they will find -- a charming, scenic and slightly out-of-they-way village oasting wide-ranging and interesting terrain.

Lito's Tech Tip: Safety on the Steeps

By Lito Tejada-Flores

Here are a few tips that should help already-strong skiers adapt their technique to the sort of steeper-than-usual slopes that can be found at places like Taos Ski Valley.

Slope Specs: Sugarloaf, A New England Giant Crowned in White

By Claire Walter

With a lofty summit and long season, these Maine steeps capture the feeling of skiing in the high Rockies.

Rockies Report: New Spa, Heli-Skiing for Women, and Map Magic

By Claire Walter

What's going on this month at downhill destinations from Canada to Colorado.

Lito's Tech Tip: A Powder Primer

By Lito Tejada-Flores

Powder skiing is a great liberation from gravity, effort, and worldly cares. But you have to defeat the powder paradox first.