Outside Magazine, Dec 2014

The 2015 What's Next Issue



Island Lake Lodge has moved way past its ski-bum beginnings, but the snow will still make you want to quit your day job.

The pride and joy of USA Nordic skiing knows a thing or two about training hard and treating yourself. Presenting Simi Hamilton's top five training tips to achieve cross-country glory.

There are changes afoot on the mountains. Learn them and own the slopes.

Shane Davis is data-mining the oil and gas industry to win hearts, minds, and legislative battles

Advanced screening can reduce the likelihood of sudden cardiac arrest, the most common cause of death among athletes. So why is it so controversial?

Our vision of the year ahead, from sure bets (more fitness tech) to bold predictions (we're all moving to Seattle!)

No two ski resorts are alike. But which one is right for you? We break down more than 30 of North America's best to find the perfect fit.

The crude that would feed the XL pipeline comes from a once pristine part of Alberta that now resembles mining operations on a sci-fi planet. At places like Fort McKay, home to First Nations people who've lived there for centuries, the money is great but the environmental and health impacts are exceedingly grim.

Is there such a thing as the greatest vista on earth? The Japanese think so, and they've got the breathtaking Three Scenic Views, a trio of iconic landscapes that stand above the rest. One writer takes them all in on a breakneck tour.

With warp-speed ascents that include the Matterhorn (1:56) and Denali (9:43), ultrarunner turned alpinist Kilian Jornet Burgada is the king of the endurance world's latest obsession: fastest known times. And now he plans to run up Everest.

Winter means indoor training. Prepare yourself with these gym-bag essentials.

He climbed the Matterhorn in less than three hours round-trip. He waltzed up and down Denali in half a day. Ultrarunner Kilian Jornet has revolutionized endurance sports—and now he’s headed to Everest. By Christopher McDougall

There’s a dark secret beneath the waters of USA Swimming: a history of sex abuse that has devastated scores of young swimmers. As those girls come forward, the ripples are extending beyond the pool. By Rachel Sturtz

Now Look Here
In Japan, the tourist path is not just beaten—it’s ranked. Gideon Lewis-Kraus embarks on a breakneck tour of the country’s Three Scenic Views.

The High Cost of Oil
Plenty of ink has been spilled about the Keystone XL pipeline. But what’s it like to live next door to the open pits and toxic runoff that have turned Alberta’s tar sands into a sci-fi flick? In a word, grim. Ted Genoways reports.

What’s Next 2015: Our guide to what you’ll be eating, drinking, riding, wearing, and talking about in the year ahead, from sure bets (more fitness tech) to bold predictions (we’re all moving to Seattle!).

Ski Report: Mountains are like ski boots—it’s all about fit. Whether you’re hunting bottomless powder or family fun, we’ve done the homework for you. Plus: how to score early-bird access, and the best bargain passes.

In the Lead: What will it take to stop athletes from dying of broken hearts?
Fuel: If eating for immunity means oysters, we’re in.
Tools: Gym-bag all-stars.
My Body: Nordic phenomenon Simi Hamilton on the grace of going long.

Holiday Gift Guide: From Vermont whiskey to a sweet commuter bike, the perfect presents for foodies, globetrotters, sweat junkies—and anyone who’s been very, very good.


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