Mountains are facts of geology, created by tectonic forces and pushed up long before there were humans to take note. So it's a testament to human ingenuity and playfulness that we've created so many activities that take advantage of peaks and crags. Mountains offer skiing in winter, hiking and climbing in summer and elation-inducing views year-round. And, of course, they're cool when lower altitudes are burning.
For ages, rugged mountain areas have been the preferred hiding place of rebels and outlaws. From freedom fighters, to escaped slaves, to outlaws camped out in the Appalachians and Rockies, mountains offered a refuge of clear air and privacy for those fleeing the confines of town (or the long arm of the law). But you don't have to be a renegade or a criminal to enjoy the peacefulness and privacy, the adventure or relaxation, of a mountain vacation.
This tony ski resort town is appealing in winter and summer. It even can be surprisingly affordable.
After your ski day, join a fireside sing-along, tour an art gallery, visit Hallam Lake and enjoy other Aspen outings—for free.
Check out these museums, The Queen City of the plains has plenty to offers great day adventures for both indoor and outdoor enthusiasts.
Ski season is starting! Prevent mountain sickness with these easy steps, which include drinking plenty of water and eating carbohydrates.
Read why this gorgeous mountain destination with an acclaimed arts community is considered one of the best small towns in the west.
Fresh air abounds at this historic mountain village near Mumbai where all mechanized transport is banned.
Traverse precipitous cliffs and waterfalls on these mountain climbs and treks popular in the Swiss Alps and Dolomites of Italy.
From lush rain forests to staggering mountain peaks, experience the rugged beauty of the this state’s three national parks, each an easy day-trip from Seattle.
Follow these tips to ensure you plan a successful family ski vacation.
Hone your skills on the slopes, bond with fellow females and learn lifetime lessons at a women-only weekend ski workshop.
With a new era of redevelopment under way, the options for good food and great hotels in Steamboat Springs only get better.
Linked to its western traditions, Steamboat Springs mixes champagne powder with cowboy style to create a Rocky Mountain high everyone can enjoy.
Tag along for this teen’s perspective on her hiking adventure along the scenic and slippery slopes of this beautiful northern trail.
Plan your 2008-2009 family ski vacation with these all-inclusive packages at popular ski lodgings in the United States.
Start to plan your 2008-2009 ski trips. Here are the season’s opening dates for premier ski resorts in the United States and Canada.
After all the time and money spent planning a winter getaway, why would you take any risks? Here are steps to help avoid injuries on your ski trip.
Ski lessons from a professional ski instructor from Sun Valley, Idaho.
With several new properties and many existing property updates, get the latest in Vail accommodations.
As one season fades into the next, there is something to entice everyone at every age in this Rocky Mountain mecca.
Our expert offers her inside tips for a few of the myriad outdoor adventures available to sportsmen and women of all ages during a Vail summer vacation.
Learn how and where to score tickets to the next Winter Olympic Games.
Eighty countries will converge in Vancouver and neighboring Whistler in 2010 to show off the latest moves in skiing, ice hockey, skating and sliding.
Learn how to best navigate the mountains at North America’s largest ski resort, whether you’re a ski and snowboard pro or novice.
Whistler is known for its skiing, but it’s also a nature lover’s paradise in spring, summer and fall, making it a resort for all seasons.
Enjoy a fondue snowmobiling dinner package or mingle with celebrities at the Whistler Film Festival.
Top skiers uncover the best winter resorts in the United States, Canada and Europe.
Whether you visit Vail in winter or summer, read our latest issue cover to learn the ins and outs of this world-renown resort valley.
This CD guide gets you around Tahoe with places to see, history and legend, and great entertainment.