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

From tele to Team Canada: A telemark skier’s switch to AT race gear

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My first ski mountaineering race was completed on 184cm K2 telemark boards with non-free pivot bindings and Garmont Excursion boots. My skins were G3 Ascensions that required the removal of the ski from my foot in order to get each skin … » full article

Buying altimeter watch that fits your needs and budget

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Choosing which altimeter watch to buy is tough with the variety we are presented today, so let's make it simpler with some basic advice that will help you decide. This article is an extension of "Altimeter watch: Why it is important and … » full article

Must see: Ski like James Bond

I came across this footage on my friend's blog - www.skialpinizmus.eu - and thought to share it with as many people as possible would be great. Have good laughs and make sure to pay attention to James Bond's gear :) My equipment … » full article

Altimeter watch: Why it is important and beneficial to know your altitude?

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Knowing at what altitude (elevation) you are at any moment while backcountry skiing is very important and can be also very beneficial. Lets take a look why this is the case, and how you may go about choosing an altimeter watch that suits … » full article

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

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

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 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

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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 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