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


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


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


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)


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


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...]