Japan skiing volcano scene

Powder, Sushi, and Hot Springs: Come Ski Japan

Tweet   In  the Japan Alps, daunting terrain culminates in a smoldering volcano. (John Briley) This article originally appeared in the Washington Post. By John Briley You don’t have to go to Japan to ski, eat sushi and soak in geothermal hot springs. But if you want deep powder without lift lines for $40 a…

Family Skiing Is (Almost) Always A Blast At Steamboat Springs

Tweet Special to the Washington Post Dec. 3, 2015 View original publication Watching a pounding snowstorm from a chairlift at Steamboat ski resort, in northern Colorado, I feel the symptoms rising — shortening breath, furrowing brow, sulking self-pity. It’s a classic case of Parental Powder Anxiety Syndrome. I am sandwiched between my son, Kai (6),…

The Lodges of Alta, Utah: Elevated Paradise for Skiers

Tweet Special to the Washington Post Feb. 12, 2015 View original publication The ski resort of Alta, Utah, basks in well-deserved accolades for burly terrain, massive snowfalls and a stoic devotion to a throwback vibe (chairlifts only, no snowboarding allowed). But skiers who hit the mountain on day trips from nearby destination resorts are missing…

In Sun Valley, Idaho, light crowds and glorious skiing

Tweet The hum at the Cornerstone Bar and Grill is reaching a fevered pitch. Bernie the bartender is sliding iridescent cocktails across the bar — a backlit slab of opaque plastic that gives both drink and drinker an added glow. I don’t even know what I ordered, but it’s green, contains gin and goes well…

Silverton: Skiing and snowboarding steeps and powder

Tweet My autumn daydreams, like those of any committed skier, settle on some variation of: abundant snow, radical terrain and enough onlookers to cheer my audacious feats but not so many that they poach my lines. Or, in geographic terms: Silverton Mountain, Colo. Spread over thousands of acres of former mining claims high in the…