Elisabeth is a freelance writer who likes to think she has cornered the theater-and-skiing niche. Now based in Brooklyn, NY, she grew up on the French island of Corsica, in the Mediterranean. And yes, she used to ski there as a kid, at the Asco, Vergio and Ghisoni hills. (Did you know that Corsica's highest peak, Monte Cinto, tops out at 8,878 ft.? Not too shabby.) She also went on yearly trips to the French Alps with her family. After a long break from skiing (the usual reasons: not enough time, not enough money), she went back to it with a vengeance. She tends to prefer unfussy resorts like Alta, Grand Targhee, Loveland, Powder Mountain and Taos. Her favorite way to hit them is on road trips fueled by gas-station coffee.
Elisabeth loves watching World Cup ski racing on TV and can wax poetic about it at great length. She does not race herself, though she doesn't mind looking foolish on a NASTAR course whenever possible.
Favorite Resort / Trail:
Catherine's Area @ Alta
Niseko in Japan. Pending that, a road trip on the Powder Highway in Canada.
Goals for the Season:
Ski more than I did in the shortened 2020-21 season — shouldn't be too hard!
Most Days in a Season:
Still not enough!
Skiing in New York State and Feeling a World Away
Many New Yorkers fly west to get their ski fix, but Covid has made traveling problematic this season. And so a carless Brooklynite decided to rent some wheels and go on a road trip in her home state — even adding a pair of 76mm-waisted carvers to her quiver for the occasion. Luckily, it’s been a good season for snow in the northeast so far, providing excellent natural cover for our local resorts. Here are our top tips for a multi-day adventure.
Taos Resort Guide
Tucked in the Sangre de Cristo range, Taos Ski Valley is reputed to be among the most challenging resorts in North America. And yes, it has a lot of chutes and tightly spaced glades that will delight experts. But Taos is also a great place to learn, doing it here will set you up for pretty much anything — or to sharpen your skills
Taos Après Ski Guide
Taos' après scene has its own vibe, part European and part Southwestern. Bratwurst and burritos are accompanied by flights of tequila and mezcal. For a modern New Mexican approach, head over to 192 at the Blake for the best snacks on the mountain. St. Bernards has a French flair, while the Bavarian is distinctly German. Hot cocoa comes in all of the variations — Mayan (dark chocolate, chili & spices)