The Best Stories of 2016

A look back at POWDER's top stories from 2016

A photo from Powder Nexus, when there is nowhere else in the world you'd rather be—one of the top stories of 2016. PHOTO: Bruno Long

A photo from Powder Nexus, when there is nowhere else in the world you’d rather be—one of the top stories of 2016. PHOTO: Ryan Creary

POWDER had a lot going on in 2016. In trying to keep up with all the snowfall, and you, our reader, we created several new channels to share great stories about skiing. We made a feature-length movie and a 150-page book. We created Powder Radio, through which “Sponsored” quickly became the most popular podcast in snowsports. With Powder Productions, we also created several new series, including All Time, Fuzzy Days, and Iconic Lifts. It was also the magazine’s 45th birthday, so we digitized an archive story from every volume and produced some awesome co-lab gloves with Dakine to properly celebrate our anniversary. The magazine and continued to evolve, too, and we hope that the stories we shared through those mediums, as well as the aforementioned, continue to inspire and entertain. Happy new year, skiers. See you in the mountains in 2017. —John Clary Davies, POWDER Editor

The 2016 Photos of the Year: From thousands of images to the top five of the year, as selected by POWDER Director of Photography David Reddick.

Powder Nexus: When there is nowhere else in the world you’d rather be—an essay from Porter Fox on the beauty and privilege of powder skiing.

Glen Plake and the Love of Skiing—An honest conversation on Powder Radio with the legend, who still can’t suppress his insatiable love for the sport of skiing.

Fuzzy Days: Going Pro—Episode two of POWDER’s soap opera that follows the life of Summer Schaeffer, a season pass holder to a carpet skiing resort in Southern California.

Monumental: Skiing Our National Parks—A feature film, book, and digital feature on the beauty and solitude of skiing our country’s greatest treasures.

Car Camping in a Saab—How a 21-year-old from the Adirondacks scored more than 100 days on telemark skis last winter while living in his 1982 Saab 900.

Anything for First Chair: How skiing teaches us to be utterly consumed—an essay from our new columnist David Steele.

The 2017 Skis of the Year—because getting new skis is still one of the most exciting things in the world.

45 Years—Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the “other skiing experience” with a new logo, redesigned magazine, and an archival story from every volume.

Leave Your Dog At Home: Why you shouldn’t bring your dog into the backcountry—a controversial opinion from Heather Hansman.

Campaign Donations Link Ski Industry Leaders to Climate Change—A report that some in the ski industry are actively supporting those in congress who are climate change deniers.

Transformation: In a few short years, Christina Lustenberger, once among Canada’s ski racing elite, became a leading ski mountaineer and guide in British Columbia.

The Grand Scale: How Grand Teton National Park became skiing’s greatest treasure—a feature from Matt Hansen.

“The Dark and the Light”—a short film on Narvik, Norway, a World War II battleground turned skier’s paradise.

Wonderland, Alaska: A skier’s quest to find her dream line in the greatest skiing state—a feature from Julie Brown.

All Time: Resort Shred Edit of the Year—Marcus Caston can ski really, really fast, and he doesn’t need great snow to do so.