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Japan ski travel a distant memory as Hokkaido declares state of emergency

Japan ski travel a distant memory as Hokkaido declares state of emergency

Is it ironic or just fortuitous that the same week I wrote a ski-travel story for the Vail Daily featuring my December trip to Rusutsu on the northern island of…

Aspen Journalism, Vail Daily team up to keep spotlight on water at Eagle River Village

Aspen Journalism, Vail Daily team up to keep spotlight on water at Eagle River Village

I want to express my sincere thanks to the nonprofit Aspen Journalism and the for-profit Vail Daily for collaborating and funding my ongoing reporting on water-quality issues at the Eagle…

Ski with love this snowy season in Vail, and be careful clearing snow, driving and going O.B.

Ski with love this snowy season in Vail, and be careful clearing snow, driving and going O.B.

What an incredible snow event this weekend in the Vail Valley. Three feet have fallen since last Monday at Beaver Creek, and Vail has seen nearly 4 feet (44 inches…

Painful memories of Kobe Bryant linger in Vail Valley

Painful memories of Kobe Bryant linger in Vail Valley

Kobe Bryant, who died way too soon Sunday with his daughter Gianna and seven others in a horrific helicopter crash in Los Angeles, will be remembered very differently in the…

Kids, climate and great skiing from Telluride to Vail to Park City

Kids, climate and great skiing from Telluride to Vail to Park City

This past week has seen as steady onslaught of small snow events that continue to pad the snowpack at Vail and Beaver Creek as we enter the last week of…

How to get to Hakuba: Monkeying around Nagano after slow start to skiing

How to get to Hakuba: Monkeying around Nagano after slow start to skiing

There’s one hard and fast rule of ski trips. Never pass on a sure thing for a maybe when it comes to snow quality and ski conditions. In planning our…

Rusutsu really is epic, both as a powder magnet and tree-skiing Mecca

Rusutsu really is epic, both as a powder magnet and tree-skiing Mecca

Having viewed my share of Japanese ski-porn films in recent years, I had a couple of preconceived notions about skiing there. First, it’s almost impossible to get shut out on…

Tokyo for the holidays: An exercise in stamina, sushi and mental acuity

Tokyo for the holidays: An exercise in stamina, sushi and mental acuity

Forget taking Prevagen or doing Lumosity or any of those other brain-enhancing gimmicks. If you want to stay nimble in your thought processes late into life, here’s my formula: Grab…

After huge snow cycle, dry conditions until Christmas in Vail Valley

After huge snow cycle, dry conditions until Christmas in Vail Valley

Well that was fun. Vail and Beaver Creek got hammered with more than 2 feet of snow Friday through Sunday, and I got out all three days. Vail was the…

Olympics, World Cup races in China could lead to NBA-style blowup over Hong Kong, Xinjiang

Olympics, World Cup races in China could lead to NBA-style blowup over Hong Kong, Xinjiang

A recent headline on an Associated Press story previewing the World Cup season that kicked off in Austria last month and continues in Finland on Saturday told us “[Mikaela] Shiffrin…