Tiki Torch Dash: Opening event to 2010 racing season

Click image to see the official Tiki Torch Dash 2009 poster.

On December 5th, the North American 2010 skimo racing season will begin with Tiki Torch Dash hosted at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort (KHMR). After delivering an amazing race course, organization and after-party last April people at KHMR … » full article

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 to explain that what seems crazy to most is very natural to us. As a society, I believe, … » full article

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 is calling for more precipitation over the next couple of days except some occasional … » full article

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 gear in many sports starts its development inside racing environment where every second … » full article

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 work related contacts. That is not the case anymore. Last season, Julie became the … » full article

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 that you skied off piste in knee deep powder with your friends and learnt some very useful … » full article

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 hiking. After receiving couple of emails with snow conditions from various places a friend of mine … » full article

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 to which no one has an absolute answer for. I am going to take a shot at it while relying … » full article

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 ski tracks. Yesterday, Oct 3, I drove up the Mt Baker Ski Area road to do some hiking. As … » full article

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 Mountaineering World Championships 2010 in Andorra that will that place during the first week … » full article

Have your say: skinning in or through ski resorts?


What do you think about skinning in or skinning through ski resorts? This is a very hot topic among backcountry skiing community. For sure it is a bit of an oxymoron "backcountry skiers skinning in ski resorts" but there are very … » full article

Interview with Andrew McLean – Icon of North American ski mountaineering

Andrew - The millionaire - skiing in Iran.

Andrew McLean is one of the icons of North American ski mountaineering, however, I didn't know this until I met him couple of years ago at a ski mountaineering race. He won the event, and I believe it was the first time I got to see the … » full article