Ready for winter? How crazy is too crazy?

As backcountry skiers, we all have most likely been in a situation where we had to "justify" ourselves as backcountry skiers to someone else. We had … [Read more...]

Canada webcam snow report: west to east

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After a week of flurries and rain at lower elevations the temperatures higher up were much colder and we can see some real snow now. Weather forecast … [Read more...]

Introducing the lightest ski mountaineering boots

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Trend towards lighter gear in any mountain and outdoor sport is obvious. It was, is, and will be going on at every stage of gear development. Light … [Read more...]

Interview with Julie Matteau – Canada’s ski mountaineering champ enjoys every day in the mountains

Julie ripping powder at Rogers Pass.

A year ago, not many people involved with ski mountaineering and backcountry skiing knew Julie Matteau, except her touring friends and a couple of … [Read more...]

Buying backcountry skiing, alpine touring and avalanche safety gear

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This article is from a series on "How to start backcountry skiing and alpine touring?". Visit the link to see an outline of all the topics. Now … [Read more...]

Canada snow report: Rockies, Selkirks, Yukon, Coast

Early season snow report from the Canadian mountains says that some already ski, some are very close, and some are still riding bikes and … [Read more...]

Vertical climbing speed: Ski mountaineering vs Uphill running vs Slope angle (vs Gear weight)

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How does vertical speed compare between different mountain sports? And how does slope angle affect that speed? These are very interesting questions … [Read more...]

Mount Baker Ski Area gets snow

Looking east towards Mt Shuksan from a pass north of Table Mt (above Iceberg Lake).

There is about 5-15cm of snow on various aspects at Mt Baker Ski Area. Not quite enough to really ski, however, there were some brave snowboard and … [Read more...]

World Cup 2010 racing calendar: Canadians compete

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World Cup ski mountaineering racing calendar for 2009/2010 season made it out couple of weeks ago. Highlight of the season will definitely be Ski … [Read more...]