Some men ski. Some snowboard. Some get pruney in a hot tub while refraining from both. No matter which camp you’re in, you’ll want to read this before the annual ski trip: The Gentleman’s Handbook, Vol XIV: To the Slopes!
Unlike your average ski-trip primer, we have no gear tips for you. (Try SKI Magazine for those.) We have no nice things to say about Vail or Aspen or Whistler or Chamonix (though they all have something to recommend them). And we definitely don’t have any advice about tracing figure-eights through two feet of pow on a winter’s day.
Rather, this is the anti-traditionalist’s guide to ski trips, with highly necessary tips on things like hot-tub etiquette, on-piste cannabis consumption and attempting to pond-skim without making front page of the local newspaper for all the wrong reasons.
Plus: a handy flowchart to help you answer the mountain’s most difficult question: Can I ski down this?
Only one way to find out.