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Liftopia’s coverage of the outdoors refers to activities & events associated with being in nature and wilderness. This also includes destinations, parks, states, and places where people can engage with sports and activities associated with being outside.

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Want To Support Ski Towns? Here Are 6 Ideas.

Want To Support Ski Towns? Here Are 6 Ideas.

by Amanda Natividad

With the ski season coming to an abrupt end, you may be feeling in shock or disappointment, or even wondering how you can help out the businesses affected by the industry we love so deeply. If you’re thinking about how… Read More →

11 Best Spring Ski Events in North America in 2020

11 Best Spring Ski Events in North America in 2020

by Cassie Cassidy

It’s that time of year again! The time for outdoor afternoon après, soft snow laps under the spring sun and, of course, time for spring ski festivals and pond skims.  Ski resorts from Maine to California are pulling out all… Read More →

15-Minute Workout: Get In Shape for Ski or Snowboard Season

15-Minute Workout: Get In Shape for Ski or Snowboard Season

by Kristen Lummis

If you’re a skier or snowboarder, chances are you’re also a biker, a hiker, a runner, a yogi or maybe even a gym rat. You know, someone who is in pretty good shape.  And while that may be true (or… Read More →

How Is Snow Made? The Science Behind Snowmaking

How Is Snow Made? The Science Behind Snowmaking

by Kristen Lummis

When it started snowing last week at several Colorado ski resorts, there were few clouds in the sky and no natural precipitation in sight. The forecast was for sun.  But the weather was perfect — for snowmaking.  Making snow is… Read More →

Ideas for Free Summer Family Fun at Ski Resorts

Ideas for Free Summer Family Fun at Ski Resorts

by Kristen Lummis

Ah, summer! Long warm days and life at a slower pace; doesn’t it sound great? It does, until the days get hot and the kids get bored. Rather than getting grouchy or obsessively counting the days until school begin, get… Read More →

Downhill Mountain Biking for Everyone

Downhill Mountain Biking for Everyone

by Kristen Lummis

The first time I saw a “dirt is the new snow” t-shirt, my family and I were checking in at Winter Park’s Trestle Bike Park to try downhill biking. Experienced mountain bikers, we thought we’d be coasting downhill all day,… Read More →

Where to Ski on the 4th of July

Where to Ski on the 4th of July

by Ken Chin

Summer is in full swing and in the United States, people are in preparation for the 4th of July. Now, when one thinks of America’s birthday, we tend to skew towards hot dogs, BBQ, fireworks and sunshine on the lake,… Read More →

Natural Snow Not Required. Summer Skiing in North America

Natural Snow Not Required. Summer Skiing in North America

by Kristen Lummis

As I sit here typing, it’s snowing. I-70 was intermittently closed yesterday. Arapahoe Basin is reporting powder conditions on a 79” base and just days ago, the iconic Mammoth Mountain sign was buried in a late spring blizzard. If there… Read More →

Ski Towns that Rock During the Summer

Ski Towns that Rock During the Summer

by Katie Coakley

There are few things that tug at a snow lover’s heartstrings as much as watching the last lift chair slowly stop moving, swaying gently in the sunshine as the ski resort closes for the season. For many, it’s a gut-wrenching… Read More →

Ski Better, Snowboard Better, Feel Better: Six Warm Up Moves to Up Your Game

Ski Better, Snowboard Better, Feel Better: Six Warm Up Moves to Up Your Game

by Kristen Lummis

Here’s a typical ski/snowboard day scenario. It’s a cold morning in winter. You wake up early, roll into your long johns, grab a coffee and load into the car. And then you drive. Arriving at the resort, you boot up…. Read More →