Ski and Snowboard Kits for Big Mountain and Backcountry

The best gear to ensure you never have a bad day on the mountain

by Sasha Barkans Nothing can spoil a great snow day like bad gear. Puffy jackets in wet conditions will shut your days down early, uncomfortable and heavy backcountry equipment will slow you down on the up-track, and that poorly shaped split board is going to sink you when the mountain is hit with that epic powder dump. To help you get sorted for the 2017 …

Studio Visit: Trail Map Artist James Niehues

On painting the slopes, from trees to terrain, with no digital software

If you’ve ever grabbed one of the colorful trail maps stocked in ski lodges, or affixed to the chairlift bar, there’s a good chance you’ve seen—and used—the work of landscape artist James Niehues. Niehues (who goes by Jim) is one of just a handful of people who have mastered the art of capturing the workings of mountains for those traversing them, having succeeded industry greats …

Skijoring with Bentley

Extreme sports with luxury cars in the Swiss Alps

Given the extreme winter weather in the Northeastern United States, we thought it would be appropriate and entertaining to resurface this story from 2012 Roughly translated to “ski driving,” skijoring is a Scandinavian-originated snow sport where a skier is towed; typically behind a horse or dogs. My introduction to the sport earlier this month [January 2012] came as an invitation from Bentley and Zai to …