Book Review:Training for the Uphill Athlete:A Manual for Mountain Runners and Ski MountaineersSteve House, Scott Johnston, Killian Jornet$35.00 from Patagonia Books Whether you are planning a week-long ski tour, a baccountry hut trip or looking to broaden your trail running horizons, your experience depends on your fitness. And whether you are looking to be competitive or simply enjoy the rewards… Read More
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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 with ease. 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… Read More
Ski Waxing and Tuning Bench If you want to spend anytime doing your own ski maintenance, a solid ski waxing and tuning bench is important. Between keeping my skis ready to roll, setting up test gear and working on friends’ gear, my ski bench sees use multiple times per week. Ski widths exceeded the width of my traditional ski vices years ago, and… Read More
Essential Backcountry Ski Gear – What Do You Really Need Boots, skis, poles, skins, shovel, probe, beacon – these are the non-negotiable gear items for a day of backcountry skiing. Of course, you’ve got your basic baselayers and outerwear, too. But what about all the other stuff – the gear that spends more time in our packs than in use…. Read More
Avalanche Transceiver – Chest Harness or Pants Pocket Standard protocol for wearing an avalanche transceiver has long been strapped to your chest in it’s harness. In the last handful of years, more and more skiers are moving to storing their beacons in a pant pocket. Using a pant pocket makes for convenient access when doing morning transceiver checks, can help… Read More
DPS Shadow Campaign – Ski Photographer DPS Skis presents the latest in their ski film series – Ski Photographer Drawn to the mountains in search of the ski bum lifestyle, Oskar Enander had no intention of ever becoming a ski photographer. Today, Oskar’s iconic and unique perspective is highly sought after in the ski world. And yet, he shoots very… Read More
La Niña, El Niño and Your Ski Season “Hey Ethel, you seen how fat the squirrels are this fall? It’s a sure sign, we’re in for a whopper of a winter” (Updated for winter 2018-19) Yup, it’s that time of year again. It’s time for pros and amateurs alike to expound on their weather and climate theories. Honestly, I love… Read More
You know the drill. You know the feeling. There’s no real rush for winter to arrive, because we know it will arrive in time. But would the anticipation process be the same without some encouragement from the slow release of ski film trailers to help fuel the fire . . . Here’s the latest from the crew at DPS skis… Read More
Climbing Skin Care Tips Dysfunctional climbing skins are frustrating at best and can put an early end to a day of backcountry skiing at worst. Fortunately, most climbing skin problems issues can be overcome in the field or, better yet, avoided through proper care and use. The following climbing skin care tips will help keep your skins to keep doing what they… Read More
Rogers Pass – Uptracks, Bootpacks and Bushwhacks As winter approaches so does the trip planning. There is perhaps no other destination that offers better roadside access or more consistent snow conditions than Rogers Pass, British Columbia. The Rogers Pass backcountry is one of the largest and most accessible backcountry ski playgrounds on the planet. It lies between Revelstoke and Golden,… Read More
Adventure Map – Rogers Pass In our digital age with GPS enabled phones and Google Earth, one might ask who needs a traditional folding map? Well, when it comes to remote, mountainous places a hardcopy map still trumps electronics for those who know how to read them. Modern technology can be awesome, but a map is a multi-purpose planning, navigation… Read More
Matchstick Ski Movie Trailer – The Hoji Movie The Western states may be blanketed by hot temps and wildfire smoke, but ski movie trailer season is here! Behold the Hoji Movie . . .
Hans Gmoser was a pioneering mountaineer and skier who pushed the limits of skiing and climbing in the Canadian Rockies and beyond. He also happens to have started the world’s first heli-skiing operation in the 1960’s. Bugaboo Dreams A Story of Skiers, Helicopters & Mountains by Topher Donahue captures Gmoser’s spirit of adventure and passion for skiing that gave way… Read More
Scarpa F1 Ski Boot Review I’m no rando racer, but I still have a solid appreciation for the trend in lighter backcountry ski gear. Following design innovations pioneered in the randonee race world, alpine touring boots have, perhaps, benefited the most from slimmed down, lighter designs born of the rando race world. These new svelte boots still offer strong downhill performance and are gaining momentum… Read More
Avalanche Safety – Communication in the Backcountry The freezing levels in the Northwest have been on their typical fall rollercoaster ride and, with the ride, the snow has come and gone and come again. Early season skiing has its attraction, but I like to remind myself that there is no rush. That said, plenty of skiers have seized the moment… Read More