The ‘Race to Open’ Is Exactly What Skiers Need Right Now


I’ve never been much of a sports guy, which is why in 2016 it was strange to find myself in ecstatic celebration on top of a roof in Wrigleyville, Chicago, sprinting outside the moment after the Cubs, for the first time in 108 years, won the World Series. Amid some terrible political vitriol, Chicago (well, the north side) came together. There are some moments that we just need. We don’t get a lot of unifying events like that these days.

Pent up demand for skiing is at an all-time high, especially in the west, where resorts closed before the winter’s biggest storms. Some of us got into the backcountry, a lucky few scored lottery tickets to Arapahoe Basin, Timberline, and Crystal, but others were relegated to their homes. And many of us focused, for better or for worse, on our phones and social media. This meant inundating ourselves in…

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