The Powder & The Glory
Maxim|January - February 2022
A roundup of some of the most extreme and exclusive skiing expeditions around the world
By Si Si Penaloza, Photography courtesy of Eleven Experience

An off-piste ski trip should properly blow one’s mind, revealing a subtler truth in the vertical Valhalla, the inner what-am-I-truly-made-of monologue seminal to all ski devotees. Aspen Snowmass has manifested this fantasy for generations of alpha skiers, a beacon to aficionados drawn to America’s elite alpine sports heritage. Celebrating Snowmass’s 75th anniversary in consummate style befitting such storied slopes, this season The Gant resort unveils a new excursion in its partnership with Nomad Inc. And like all high-octane powder hunts, The Gant’s tribute to the majestic mountains involves a helicopter to make it that much more thrilling.

From Aspen Airport, an exhilarating 20-minute chopper ride whisks you up to Crested Butte. After a snowcat ride into the pristine wilderness, float atop the most postcard-worthy runs of your life at liberty. Aspen reigns as a high-society catwalk of cutting-edge ski gear; rock your Rossignol Blackops Sender Ti skis for a wicked ride anywhere the snow takes you. Cruise, charge, or shred at will. A gourmet après-feast awaits in a luxury snowcat barn stocked with savory and sweet recovery proteins.

Heli-boarding in Chile's Lake District with andBeyond Vira Vira; get your adrenaline pumping as you survey the vast mountains, vertical drops and untracked powder, it's all yours for the taking.

Life’s simply too short to ski in slush. Crested Butte offers some of the freshest bowls and chutes, sunlight sparkling on a sedate spruce woodland. Indeed, your ski holiday shouldn’t start with forking over a fortune to a soulless, high-density operation. The Gant invokes the intimate spirit of pioneer ski chalets, elevated by contemporary styling. A weekend here feels like Vanity Fair on ice, with their 75th Anniversary Diamond Pop-Up Lounge debuting exclusively for this auspicious jubilee season. Tuck into chef-driven food and festive cocktails reserved for The Gant guests; pull up a chair and take over Diamond’s chic interior, enjoying rotating pop-ups by local makers. The resort will also offer Aspen’s only rooftop bubble on its terrace for private après-ski session—talk about a proposal worthy backdrop.

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