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$10,000 Skis from Swiss Maker zai skis & Women’s Specific Boards from Coalition Snow

$10,000 Skis from Swiss Maker zai skis & Women’s Specific Boards from Coalition Snow

by Kristen Lummis

When I think about building skis, I think about sandwiches. Skis, like sandwiches have a base and a top sheet, with a laminated wood core in the middle and a combination of composite layers to add stability and character. Most… Read More →

A Brief History of Snowboarding

A Brief History of Snowboarding

by David Sandel

In my past articles for Liftopia, I’ve made reference to being fairly new to the sport of snowboarding. As such, I’ve been so engulfed in bettering myself and riding as many days as possible, that I have not stopped to… Read More →

Zack Giffin: Living Tiny, Skiing Large

Zack Giffin: Living Tiny, Skiing Large

by Kristen Lummis

Imagine living in, and skiing out of, a house that’s only 112 square feet. While you might jokingly think that this tiny house is not much larger than your ski boot bag, professional skier Zack Giffin does just that, sometimes… Read More →

A Day In The Life Of A Ski Patroller

A Day In The Life Of A Ski Patroller

by Mark Crone

I started skiing at the age of 6. When I think back to my early days of skiing (rope tows, T-bars and all), I remember seeing those Ski Patrol guys (and girls) and thought, Wouldn’t it be neat to be… Read More →

Skiing in the Shadow of Zeus: Warren Miller’s Battle with The Gods

Skiing in the Shadow of Zeus: Warren Miller’s Battle with The Gods

by Gina Bégin

Loaded horses plod along the village’s ancient cobblestone paths. A woman, hunched with age, looks on with an inquisitive but smiling gaze. It’s not every day that brightly-clad skiers from North America travel through her tiny hometown. This is Greece,… Read More →

Newest Ski Movies of 2014

Newest Ski Movies of 2014

by Troy Hawks

My favorite time to watch ski movies is in the late summer and fall. Why? Because it’s been more than three months since my last ski turn, and it’s going to be a few more months before my next ski… Read More →

What’s New At Ski Resorts For 2014-15?

What’s New At Ski Resorts For 2014-15?

by Dave Belin

While you’ve been mountain biking, enjoying the beach, or traveling this summer, your favorite ski area has been busy making improvements for the upcoming 2014-15 season. The summer is a critical time for construction projects that would either be too… Read More →

How It Works: Snowmaking 101

How It Works: Snowmaking 101

by Dave Belin

Snowmaking is essential to keeping the slopes white and skiable during the winter months. It supplements natural snow, gets trails and terrain open more quickly in the early part of the season, and helps extend the season, on both the… Read More →

Where Did All The Ski Bums Go? 4 Ways Ski Bums Spend Summer

Where Did All The Ski Bums Go? 4 Ways Ski Bums Spend Summer

by Gina Bégin

Heat waves heralding the start of summer melt the ski bums off the hill, giving a ghost town feel to the mountain towns they once overran. Their evaporation from the slopes and bars, laundromats and libraries (for free wifi, of… Read More →

Liftopia Named One of San Francisco’s Most Bike-Friendly Businesses

Liftopia Named One of San Francisco’s Most Bike-Friendly Businesses

by Otto Imken

May 2014 was National Bike Month, and an exciting one for us here at Liftopia! As the weather warmed up, more and more Liftopians started to commute to the office on bike and on some days, up to 75% of… Read More →