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'Much still remains for the Mountaineer to do. Not only is he confronted yet with the vast task of completing the exploration of his own Northwest mountains afoot, but he has as yet but scratched the surface of the possibilities of re-conquering old man mountain's domain a-ski.' – Art Winder, The Mountaineer Annual (1932)  
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In 2000, snowboarding became the fastest-growing sport in the U.S. Its success has led to a more recent trend by manufacturers to make shorter, more maneuverable skis with deeper sidecuts, replicating some of the free-flowing carve enjoyed on a snowboard.  
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In October 2000, Davo Karnicar of Slovenia became the first person to complete an uninterrupted ski descent of Mount Everest. While no one has yet boarded the Big E, adventurous skiers are taking their search for big descents and virgin powder ever deeper into the backcountry.  
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The Ouray Ice Park in Ouray, Colorado, is the world's first park devoted exclusively to the sport of ice climbing. Climbing in the park is free, thanks to funds raised by the annual Ouray Ice Festival each January.  
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Cross-country skiing is a lifetime sport that doesn't take a lifetime to learn. And, because it provides great fitness benefits, it's the number one form of aerobic exercise: it burns nearly twice as many calories as running a ten-minute mile.  
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Trekking in the Alps requires extreme conditioning: most trails are located above 6,000 feet, and you may have to climb 2,500 feet to reach your destination.  
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