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This Week in Culture: January 17, 2015

An exploration of ramen, visiting the coldest town on Earth, interviews with the creators of Broad City, Oscar nomination reactions, photographing 1970s Brooklyn apartments and more.

Happy Hunting

Introducing: The Sportsman Issue

You can't experience hunting until you've walked, quietly and with heightened awareness and wonder, through woods and field with a true sportsman. So that's exactly what we've sought in our Sportsman Issue, beginning next week.

Getting You Through the Cold Season

15 Winter Camping Essentials

Winter isn't just a time for indoor hibernation. It's a prime opportunity to seek silence and stillness in the great outdoors. Here's the tough gear you need to do it right.

A Photo Essay

20 Days in Cuba

Our complete narrative and guide to traveling Cuba. Grab a friend (or two), book a ticket and make it the adventure of a lifetime.

Flying Above a Grueling Swiss Ski Mountaineering Contest

Photo Essay: Patrouille des Glaciers

Every two years, in the beginning of May, the Swiss hold an historic ski mountaineering race: the Patrouille des Glaciers, “the Glacier Patrol”. The race, a national treasure of sorts, attracts close to 5,000 participants of all ages and ability levels and tens of thousands of rowdy Swiss spectators who line the course.

Blinded by the white

Photo Essay: Cat Boarding at Baldface Lodge

Baldface Lodge is the mecca for powder hounds with a passion for backcountry in its purest sense, boasting over 32,000 acres of unadulterated terrain and 500 inches of fresh throughout a typical season.

10 Hours from Wood Core to Mountain-Ready

How Custom Skis Are Made

From the client evaluation to the material selection to the tedious labor, one thing’s clear: making custom skis requires patience and skill. We recently watched the laborious creation process up close.

Kick, Push, Coast...in a suit and tie

5 Best Cruiser Skateboards

Kickflips and ollies aren’t requirements to coasting. They're now a viable commuting option. We’ve broken down the best commuting boards, all American made, into categories to better coalesce your eclectic needs.

At Last, The Upper Hand

Climbers Summit El Capitan, the World’s Hardest Climb

On January 14, after 19 straight days of clinging to Yosemite’s El Capitan, climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson successfully completed the first free ascent of the 5.14d Dawn Wall, widely considered the most difficult big wall rock climb in the world.

The Forecast Calls for Pain

Photo Essay: Power Of 4 Ski Mountaineering Race

From the Archives: The object of the sport is to ski up and down a course as fast a possible; think trail running, but with ultralight ski gear, winter conditions, and powder turns on the downhill. We put our training to the test in one of the sport's most prestigious North American races, the Power of 4 in Aspen, Colorado.

The Clash of Consoles

Decrypted: Why the PS4 Is Winning

Now that the gaming trifecta -- PS4, XBox One, Wii U -- has been on shelves for over a year, it’s become increasingly clear that one in particular is pulling ahead. What’s Sony doing so right with the PS4? We’re glad you asked.

Is Air the New Down?

Tested: NuDown Mount Whitney Vest

NuDown, a small company based in Reno, Nevada, has an innovative new solution and it might just be better than down: air. Sometimes the best solution is the one that's all around you. We tried out the Mount Whitney vest and came away impressed.

Burn One Down

8 Best Candles to Burn this Winter

Cooped-up adventurers, take note: being inside can be an experience that transports you. Light up a good candle and you've got fresh pine forests, burning wood and gentle coastal breezes.

Motown works its motoring magic

Detroit 2015: The Cars that Matter

The 2015 North American International Auto Show was a no-holds-barred showing. We've selected the most noteworthy cars and trucks of the entire show amid a field of fantastic new vehicles.

What's New, Now

Today in Gear: January 14, 2015

Nike's innovative Metcon 1 sneakers, JBL unveils its pioneering earbuds, some damn cool Persol sunglasses, Aer's new work-sport duffel, Samsung tries to take on the iPhone Plus and more.

More: Gear News
Mother Nature's Torture Chamber

Photo Essay: The Best of Dakar Rally 2015

406 cars, trucks, buggies, ATVs and motorcycles set off from Buenos Aires’ dense city center, drifted across dirt roads, flew through grasslands, navigated sand traps and threaded through mountain passes -- and that was day one.

Snow, Serenity and Sweat

15 Places to Cross-Country Ski in the US

For the more exercise-centric, or athletes who simply want to try something new, cross-country skiing might be the best way to experience the winter outdoors. We've picked out the 15 best Nordic ski areas America has to offer.

Practically made of gold

Tested: Fischer Carbonlite Skate H-Plus

Most people don't use high-end outdoor gear, like skis and bikes, to their fullest potential. If you're investing in the same skis that were used to win a whopping 65 percent of the medals in Sochi, be the exception.

Knobby tires meet sleep deprivation in a sea of sand

Peril and the Prize: The Dakar Rally

While the vast majority of race-hungry viewers across the country watch NASCAR, Indy and the American Le Mans Series, a race of an altogether different kind occurs on another continent -- one in which both death and destruction are almost guaranteed.

Variations on a Theme

A Classic Skier Learns to Skate

Having come of age during the classic era of cross-country skiing, I took a defiant view of skate skiing. Finally, this winter I decided to end my holdout and learn to skate. It couldn't be that hard, right?

Studs, Duds, and the Lot

The Best of CES 2015

All the happenings at the International Consumer Electronics Show -- CES 2015 -- including groundbreaking introductions and glaring vacancies.