How North American ski mountaineering racers compare against the World’s fastest?

Fast Euros charging hard at Pierra Menta 2006.

On December 5th, 2009 the Canadian racing season (and North American too) started with an event hosted at a ski resort near Golden, BC. One of the disciplines was a vertical race, a hill climb, that was a pure all out effort without … » full article

Which skis you want or would recommend to your friend, and why?

The 2010 Gear Guide published by Backcountry Magazine obviously contains ski reviews among other gear. By now everyone that bought this gear guide issue knows what their testers think about the skis that were available to them. However, … » full article

Questions and answers about G3 Onyx bindings with Melanie Bernier

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Melanie Bernier is a G3 sponsored athlete for past couple of years and tests their equipment any time she is playing in the snow. She lives in Revelstoke, skis almost every day and is a member of the Canadian Ski Mountaineering National … » full article

Alpaca Peak, Coquihalla: snow conditions and touring with John Baldwin

Looking south towards Zupjok Pk. The clouds kept coming and going.

Yesterday, December 19th, the weather forecast predicted a break in the recent storm cycle on the South Coast and five of us headed to Coquihalla area which is best known for the Coquihalla Highway (between Hope and Merritt, in BC). The … » full article

Skin track photo contest: win Ortovox Grizzly snow shovel

We all shoot photos while touring but most of the time we just shoot without any real focus, and I don't mean the focus function on your camera. To give us all more purpose when snapping pictures here is a little contest that is very … » full article

New carbon ski boot: LaSportiva Stratos / Discussion about different carbon boots

With some plain luck, I found this YouTube video that introduces the new LaSportiva Stratos carbon ski boot. Before, there were only some images available along with some technical information. Now the picture gets clearer. The ski boot … » full article

Interestingly strange contest: Win 7-days of heli assisted ski touring with Greg Hill

Many of you probably know Greg Hill or at least his name. He is often being referred to as "The Million Feet Man" for touring one million feet in one season, all self propelled trips. And because I have great respect for Greg and for all … » full article

Rogers Pass: Significant changes to Winter Permit System

Skinning up inside Cheops restricted area.

Since the end of the last season the System underwent significant changes that were introduced to public at the beginning of this one. Anyone that skies or skied at Rogers Pass most likely knows about the Winter Permit System that is in … » full article

Tiki Torch Dash 2009: fun and chill under the stars

Two fastest girls of Canadian skimo racing: Melanie Bernier and Julie Matteau.

Melanie Bernier delivered a performance of the night while Montana boys won a relay as the North American skimo racing season went under way. On Saturday night, Dec 5th, thanks to a determined crew of organizers and volunteers Kicking … » full article

Rogers Pass: Canada Skimo Team’s second training camp ever

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There is a very committed group of great people that are going to represent Canada at the World Ski Mountaineering Championships in Andorra this winter. And since every team needs a little bonding experience we managed to pull off two … » full article

6 tips to get you ready for your first ski mountaineering race

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Backcountry skiing is great fun. It is one of the best ways to spend time with your friends, to relax and to do what makes you happy. But from time to time we all like to try something different, to have a new challenge. You can … » full article

West Coast snow report: 2,5m deeeep

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Early season conditions are long time gone. No one remembers them anymore. White fluffy stuff keeps fallin', So the brave can be rollin'. This little poem created in less than 60 seconds says it all. Simply, the current West Coast … » full article