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summer gear storage tips

Summer Gear Storage

How to Store Your Skins, Skis and Avalanche Beacon Over the Summer When it comes to summer gear storage, a few easy steps will make sure your backcountry equipment – skis, climbing skins and avalanche beacon – are ready to roll when the snow flies in the fall. Summer Climbing Skin Storage Tips Proper summer gear storage for your climbing… Read More

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Tubeless Setup Tips

Tubeless Tire Tips

Go Tubeless or Go Home If you aren’t using tubeless tires on your adventure bike, you should be. Imagine bombing down gravel descents and across rough ground without concern for flats. Going tubeless is the key to reducing tire issues on adventurous rides. Tubeless lets you run lower tire pressure without fear of pinch flats and essentially eliminates routine punctures…. Read More

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MADE TO ORDER SKI JACKET

MADE – Custom Outerwear Brand Launches on Indiegogo

Made-to-Order Outerwear Have you ever wished your ski jacket fit better? Would you like to choose the jacket features that you actually want? Well, the time has come to the outdoor world. MADE, a new startup outerwear brand, is founded on offering made-to-measure outerwear. Started by outdoor industry veterans Dustin Butcher, Capri Phillip and Cheryl LeBarr, the MADE crew brings a… Read More

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GORE-TEX Pro

GORE-TEX GUIDE – Everything You Need to Know

GORE-TEX 101 GORE-TEX is synonymous with reliable storm protection. GORE literally pioneered the waterproof, breathable membrane technology that dominates the outerwear we all use, but understanding all of the GORE options takes some research. How much do you know about all the variations of GORE-TEX? Read on to learn the details about the GORE variations as well as the latest on… Read More

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backcountry radio channels

Backcountry Radio Channels – Group-to-Group Communication

Designated Radio Channels for Popular Backcountry Zones It’s commonly understood that avalanche safety often hinges on human driven factors. Ideas like familiarity with terrain, the expert halo and group communication (or lack thereof) rise to the top of the list as contributors to avalanche accidents. Broadly speaking, group communication is at the root of many mistakes. Communication alone will not… Read More

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backcountry repair kit

Backcountry Repair Kits

Backcountry Repair Kit – Pack Light or Go Big? Have you ever had a gear failure in the field? Fortunately, modern backcountry ski gear is pretty robust stuff. I can count the number of significant gear failures I’ve experienced or witnessed on one hand – and most of those were back in my dedicated telemark ski days. Nonetheless, a basic… Read More

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Backcountry skier personality jaded local

Backcountry Skier Personalities – The Jaded Local

Backcountry Skier Personalities – The Jaded Local Continuing our sarcastic look at backcountry skier personalities, we profile the typically grumpy and often misanthropic Jaded Local. Also check out Gearhead, Luddite, Bro Brah, Rando Racer and Newby profiles. The Jaded Local The Jaded Local is generally an anti-social creature. Unless you happen to be part of his inner circle or, perhaps,… Read More

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backcountry ski packing list

What’s in Your Pack – Backcountry Ski Packing List

Backcountry Ski Packing List What’s in your ski pack? It’s a good question, and one that I occasionally ask myself as I heft the weight of my pack to my shoulder in the morning. There’s no sense in carrying more up the hill than you need to, but there are key items that you should always have with you in… Read More

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pistil hat

Skier Gifts

Skier Gifts Holiday gift ideas for the skiers on your Christmas list We’ve put together a few of our favorite gifts for skiers to help seed your holiday shopping with fresh ideas – all for under $100. Thermos $20-40 Ok, we’re supposed to call it a vacuum bottle, but we call it a thermos anyway. Bottomline, skiing without a thermos… Read More

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La Niña

ENSO – La Niña, El Niño and Your 2020-21 Ski Season

 La Niña is in the Air You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, but it’s the season to prognosticate about winter weather and snow. From the height of the beargrass and the plumpness of the squirrels to the study of analogous years and the science of large scale climatic forces, there are plenty of theories… Read More

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hut trip packing

Hut Trip Packing List

Hut Trip Packing List Eat. Sleep. Ski. Repeat. Few experiences capture this mantra like a week-long backcountry hut trip. Waking up with the first climb just steps away from the front door is good living. And few places serve up the experience better than one of the many huts and lodges that make up the Backcountry Lodges of British Columbia… Read More

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DPS PHANTOM

DPS PHANTOM

DPS PHANTOM I’ve always enjoyed the ritual of waxing of skis. In the fall, it marks the approaching ski season. During the season, it harkens the call of a powder day or the anticipation of an extended trip deserving of fresh glide. Ski waxing can be a social event or a good reason to dissappear into your workshop. So when… Read More

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ski waxing tools

DIY Ski Waxing for the Backcountry

Ski Waxing for the Backcountry Backcountry skiing is a far cry from ski racing, but freshly waxed skis are still important to keep you sliding and slashing through the pow. And the good news is that ski waxing for the backcountry is not rocket science. In fact, it’s down right simple. You just need a few basic tools and supplies… Read More

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ski artist James Niehues

The Man Behind the Maps – Legendary Ski Artist James Niehues

The Man Behind the Maps – Legendary Ski Artist James Niehues Ski resorts and trail maps are synonymous. We’ve all poured over a resort map taking in the detail in search of the best terrain and the right runs or simply to decide which way to go. You might have guessed that ski resort trail maps are digitally rendered photographs…. Read More

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climbing skin care tips

Climbing Skins Maintenance and Renewal

Climbing Skin Maintenance and Glue Refresh Climbing skin glue does not last forever. It gets dirty, becomes patchy and gets gooey. All of these problems can leave your climbing skins performing poorly, and there’s nothing like bad skin glue to wreck an otherwise excellent day of skiing. But there are some climbing skin maintenance and refresh tips to help you avoid… Read More

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