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  • Der K2 Pinnacle 95 (2015/2016) im Skiinfo-Test

    Ski News | Alle Neuigkeiten für Skifahrer | Skiinfo
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:18 am
    Der K2 Pinnacle 95 ist ein giftgrüner und extrem auffälliger Ski, den wir über mehrere Tage in Davos fahren konnten. Hier unser kurzer Testbericht ...
  • CAS explain how Vanessa-Mae cleared of Olympic ski race fix

    Olympic Alpine Skiing News
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    Pop violinist Vanessa-Mae exploited weak International Ski Federation rules and got help from Alpine race officials "smitten" by her celebrity to qualify for the Sochi Olympics, according to sport's highest court. The Court of Arbitration for Sport cleared the musician last month of rigging low-level races in Slovenia organized by her entourage in January 2014, and lifted her four-year ban on appeal.
  • All About Emotional Intelligence and How It Boosts Sports Performance

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    Chelsea Little
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:15 am
    Staying positive and motivated is something the U.S. women’s cross-country ski team is famous for. Is it a sign of high emotional intelligence? Here, USST’s Caitlin Gregg (r), Jessie Diggins (c) and Liz Stephen (r) in the finish of the 2015 Holmenkollen 30 k. Stephen led the three in ninth, while Diggins and Gregg Placed 14th and 19th. (Photo: Madshus/Nordic Focus) Emotional intelligence (EI) is associated with both increased performance in athletes and with healthy engagement with exercise in the general population. So what is it, and can you train it? A recent review, penned by…
  • PC Ridgeline Meeting Recap

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    Andrew McLean
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:01 pm
    This was an interesting and nuanced meeting with a generally favorable outcome for backcountry skiers.*  The main topic was should Summit County include roughly 600 – 900 acres of Forest Service land in a proposed Mountain Accord agreement where it would receive extra protection on top of what the Forest Service already provides.  The land in question (Dutch Draw, the Monitors and Murdock Peak area) was never for sale and none of the resorts were actually talking about putting up chairlifts in the first place, but the proposed agreement would limit future development in these areas…
  • Dentes Blanches

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    Ian
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:50 am
    This was copied from SwissMountainLeader taking advantage of some great weather and a free day we headed over the other side of the Rhône valley to the hamlet of Barme above the ski station of Champéry. The plan was to climb to the Col de Bossetan and have a look at going up to the main ridge of the Dentes Blanches. It didn’t start too well, we seemed to be plagued by horseflies this year and the first 30mins were bitten several times. The only option was to set a fast pace and get above them so we climbed quickly to get out their range. The main trail to the col is quite steep and…
 
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    Olympic Alpine Skiing News

  • CAS explain how Vanessa-Mae cleared of Olympic ski race fix

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    Pop violinist Vanessa-Mae exploited weak International Ski Federation rules and got help from Alpine race officials "smitten" by her celebrity to qualify for the Sochi Olympics, according to sport's highest court. The Court of Arbitration for Sport cleared the musician last month of rigging low-level races in Slovenia organized by her entourage in January 2014, and lifted her four-year ban on appeal.
  • International Ski Federation official: We want to race in Aspen

    1 Jul 2015 | 5:02 am
    Atle Skaardal, International Ski Federation's race director for women's World Cup events, discusses Aspen's hosting of the 2017 World Cup Finals while on a tour of the course Tuesday. A top official with the International Ski Federation said while visiting Aspen on Tuesday that no one in the organization is preparing at this time to yank the 2017 World Cup Finals from Aspen because of the condition of Lift 1A and its base area.
  • OurVetSuccess Launches the 2015 Triumph Games

    25 Jun 2015 | 8:50 am
    OurVetSuccess announces the inaugural Triumph Games, From War to Winning, set to take place in New York City August 23-29, 2015. A Triumph Games television special will air on NBC Sports Network in October 2015, and later on Comcasts Xfinity platform on-demand.
  • CAS Clears Violinist Vanessa-Mae in Olympic Ski Fixing Case

    19 Jun 2015 | 6:21 am
    Pop violinist Vanessa-Mae was cleared by sport's highest court Friday of allegations she helped fix Alpine skiing races so she could qualify for the Sochi Olympics. The Court of Arbitration for Sport, however, upheld the ruling that Vanessa-Mae should have been ineligible for the 2014 Games because the qualifying events in Slovenia were "so defective."
  • CAS clears violinist Vanessa-Mae in Olympic ski fixing case

    19 Jun 2015 | 6:20 am
    In this Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 file photo, violinist Vanessa Mae, skiing under her father's name as Vanessa Vanakorn for Thailand, smiles after finishing the second run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has cleared pop violinist Vanessa Mae on Friday, June 19, 2015 of helping fix Alpine skiing races so she could qualify for the Sochi Olympics.
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  • All About Emotional Intelligence and How It Boosts Sports Performance

    Chelsea Little
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:15 am
    Staying positive and motivated is something the U.S. women’s cross-country ski team is famous for. Is it a sign of high emotional intelligence? Here, USST’s Caitlin Gregg (r), Jessie Diggins (c) and Liz Stephen (r) in the finish of the 2015 Holmenkollen 30 k. Stephen led the three in ninth, while Diggins and Gregg Placed 14th and 19th. (Photo: Madshus/Nordic Focus) Emotional intelligence (EI) is associated with both increased performance in athletes and with healthy engagement with exercise in the general population. So what is it, and can you train it? A recent review, penned by…
  • Former USST Racer Davis Finds Success in Soccer

    Lander Karath
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:06 am
      Skyler Davis competes at the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships at Soldier Hollow. Davis retired from skiing following the championships and took up soccer at UVM. He was recently named captain of the team for the 2015 season. In 2011 Skyler Davis made headlines by claiming third place in the 1.4 km classic sprint at the U.S. Cross Country Championships in Rumford, Maine. This was just the beginning of a successful year for the then 19-year-old, which ultimately ended with a naming to the U.S. Ski Team D-team. In 2012 Davis’ success continued with a standout-24th place in the…
  • Participants Traverse Wilderness in 2015 AlaskAcross

    Seth Adams
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    In mid-June, I competed in a wilderness race across the north side of the eastern Alaska Range. The race, called the AlaskAcross, is a point A-to-B format that is gaining popularity in the state. I was coming back from work and injury and wasn’t feeling fit enough to be very competitive, but I knew that it would be fun, and so I entered to see what would happen. It was the first year using this route for the AlaskAcross (which rotates courses irregularly), and it turned out to be a beautiful course, well-suited to wilderness racing. I hope the popularity of the event increases. The…
  • Birkie Out of the FIS Worldloppet Cup for 2016, But Still Hopes to Draw Euros

    Chelsea Little
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:37 am
    The delegates at last week’s Worldloppet annual meeting in Champagnole, France. (Photo courtesy of Ben Popp) Astute observers might have noticed: the American Birkie, the biggest cross-country ski marathon in the United States, is not on the FIS Marathon Cup schedule next season. According to Birkie Executive Director Ben Popp, the Birkie has been on the circuit for the last several years and has had top international marathon skiers in attendance as a result. But it’s actually not precedent for the race to be part of the series every single year. “This year we fall on the same day…
  • Wednesday Workout: Rowing with the Craftsbury Green Racing Project

    Lander Karath
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    CGRP skier Heather Mooney gets out on the water with her sister, Brooke, as part of her cross training program. (Photo: Heather Mooney) This week’s Wednesday Workout comes from the Craftsbury Green Racing Project, centered at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Vermont. With professional rowers also based at the center, the GRP ski team takes advantage of the center’s facilities to partake in full-body cross training. Don’t have access to rowing equipment? You can partake in one of the exercises below on an erg, which are located at most gyms.  CGRP skier Caitlin…
 
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  • PC Ridgeline Meeting Recap

    Andrew McLean
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:01 pm
    This was an interesting and nuanced meeting with a generally favorable outcome for backcountry skiers.*  The main topic was should Summit County include roughly 600 – 900 acres of Forest Service land in a proposed Mountain Accord agreement where it would receive extra protection on top of what the Forest Service already provides.  The land in question (Dutch Draw, the Monitors and Murdock Peak area) was never for sale and none of the resorts were actually talking about putting up chairlifts in the first place, but the proposed agreement would limit future development in these areas…
  • Help Protect the Park City Ridgeline

    Andrew McLean
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:32 pm
    This is a semi-complicated story (details below), but the fate of 600 acres of Forest Service land along the Park City ridgeline is being discussed on Wednesday, June 17th by the Summit County Council. If you care about areas like the Monitors, Dutch Draw and Murdock Peak, it is imperative that you make your voices heard by either emailing the collective County Council at countycouncil@summitcounty.org or attending the public meeting at 4:00pm at the Sheldon Richins Building (aka, the Summit County Library). Let them know that you want the land included in the Mountain Accord Designation of…
  • The Feed

    Andrew McLean
    5 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    I’ve tried many eating strategies for backcountry skiing over the years.  For a brief time, a friend turned me onto the 5 for $5 burgers from Arby’s, which was entertaining, but ultimately disgusting. When I first discovered GU, I liked the orange/chocolate flavor so much that I bought a case of it, only to throw most of it out a few years later. I tried eating shrimp while running the Wasatch 100 and can only say that at least they came back up easily. Fillet of polar bear feet in Baffin Island was akin to eating a ski boot liner. My homemade halva burst in my pack and glued…
  • Basic Workbench Design & Plans

    Andrew McLean
    1 May 2015 | 8:39 am
    This is a cheap & easy variation on a Fine Woodworking design and favors two of my favorite tools – a chop box and a cordless driver. It’s all about 90 degree cuts, shooting screws and avoiding notching as much as possible. The materials for this bench came to about $63 at HomeDepot (not including the vise).  It is a relatively small bench, but due to the MDF top and shelf, it is quite heavy (80 lbs?), which is a good thing when it comes to workbenches as heavy benches stay put when you are pounding or sawing on them.  I built this as a general purpose bench, but it would…
  • Wrangell-St. Elias Range Trip Report

    Andrew McLean
    10 Apr 2015 | 4:59 pm
    This was my seventh trip to the Wrangells and more than anything, it confirmed my suspicions from the previous six outings that this place is indeed the greatest skiing on earth. Of course the greatest skiing is all relative, but to me this means the area with the most terrain, most options, best views, best chances of finding good snow and the fewest number of people. The area is the size of Switzerland and for the first week of April we were sharing it with maybe 100 other people, although we never saw any other ski tracks aside from our own. It’s impossible to put this this place…
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  • Dentes Blanches

    Ian
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:50 am
    This was copied from SwissMountainLeader taking advantage of some great weather and a free day we headed over the other side of the Rhône valley to the hamlet of Barme above the ski station of Champéry. The plan was to climb to the Col de Bossetan and have a look at going up to the main ridge of the Dentes Blanches. It didn’t start too well, we seemed to be plagued by horseflies this year and the first 30mins were bitten several times. The only option was to set a fast pace and get above them so we climbed quickly to get out their range. The main trail to the col is quite steep and…
  • Corbassière Glacier

    Ian
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:33 am
    This was copied from SwissMountainLeader The forecast yesterday was for really hot weather, around 35° or higher. So, on the spur of the moment, I decided we’d head up to La cabane Marcel Brunet in the Val de Bagnes above Verbier You can drive all the way to the cabane although I’d recommend 4WD, low ratio and a flexible attitude to surfaced roads. The best route is over the Col des Avouillons which gives great views of the Petit Combin on the ascent. The col itself has a couple of steep, nearly vertical, metres right at the top which almost forms a wall. This hides the view of…
  • Salewa Mountain Trainers, Salewa Wildfire and Sidas footbeds

    Ian
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:57 am
    This was copied from SwissMountainLeader not a gear store, just my gear store Footwear is a complex subject to try and write anything about, the wrong choice can ruin any trip in a way that other things just don’t. And, what fits in the shop sometimes doesn’t work out on the mountain. I work year round in the alps so my choice of footwear is dictated by that terrain and the requirement to have something I can wear day after day. In some ways that makes things quite easy, obviously I get pro’ deals for gear and I can justify having several sets of footwear for all different…
  • Tour d’Aï via ferrata

    Ian
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:48 am
    This was copied from SwissMountainLeader The weather forecast had signalled for a few days that yesterday would be a perfect mountain day, clear skies, no wind and temperatures in the mid to high ‘teens. We had guests at the B&B but they finished breakfast early so we rode the lift up at a little after 9am and walked up to the start of the via ferrata on the Tour d’Aï. We’re very lucky to have one of the best via ferrata routes in the alps right here, it’s superbly equipped and the route is fantastic picking a line up through ledges, chimney and a couple of steep…
  • on that bombshell…. Mont D’or

    Ian
    21 Jun 2015 | 8:31 am
    This was copied from SwissMountainLeader I mentioned in my blog on Pic Chaussy last week that we’d intended to go up Mont D’Or but the military exercise put us off. So, when the guests leaving today were all gone by mid-morning we decided to grab the chance and head up. We also wanted to call in at the Restaurant de la Pierre du Moëllé which is under new management. In the years I’ve lived here and in this region, this has never been open when I’ve been there. I’m not at Pierre du Moëllé every week, at least not in summer, but I’d have expected to see…
 
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  • Used and Abused: Weekly Gear Reviews

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:48 am
    We're constantly testing products to help you make the right buying decisions, and here is some of our honest feedback from the field.
  • Unlock the Sunblock: 7 Sunscreen Questions Answered

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am
    Why Wear It? No matter your beliefs about the state of our ozone, one thing is certain: It does not shield you from the sun’s harmful rays. Your safest option is wearing clothing that doesn’t expose skin, such as pants, long-sleeves, and wide-brim hats. However, that isn’t always practical. Cue the Coppertone. Wearing sunscreen will decrease your risk of developing skin cancer, slow the aging process to prevent, and protect your skin to improve its overall appearance. When to Wear It? Many people think it’s only necessary to wear sunscreen while baking at the beach. Wrong. Ideally,…
  • Soul Mates

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:16 am
    I once got into a heated debate with some patroller guy friends who said they preferred to date women who didn’t ski so that they could ride with their buddies instead. “That’s ridiculous,” I told them. “I would never date someone who wasn’t a skier.” Until I did. The first time Nick and I skied together he borrowed gear from
a ski-rep friend named Zach, and when Zach adjusted his binding and asked what his DIN was, Nick’s face went empty. The silence stretched on until
 I jumped in. “Ten,” I told Zach. “Wait, no, maybe eight.” It was like dating someone from a…
  • Cover Shots

    25 Jun 2015 | 11:54 am
    We’re bringing back the best pow, gear, and mountain shots from days of yore.
  • Gear Every Road Biker Needs

    23 Jun 2015 | 9:10 am
    From the rider who’s just getting started, to the roadie that has it all, here are 10 things every road biker should have.
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    Park City Mountain Resort

  • Early July Updates: Lift Lines, Spider Hoe and more!

    Park City Mountain Resort
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:50 pm
    We're making headway on our $50 million capital improvement project. This summer we're combining Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort to create the largest resort in the United States -- Park City.  Follow along as we kick off July in a big way with Improvements that include the lift line for the new Interconnect Gondola, the arrival of more lift parts and the use of a crazy machine called a Spider Hoe. See the progress below! July 6, 2015:More trucks filled with lift parts just pulled into our parking lot! It doesn't stop when you're building 3 new lifts in one summer.  July 5,…
  • The Best 4th of July Celebration Happens Here

    Park City Mountain Resort
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:31 am
    Park City is the best place to spend your 4th of July. This year, in the spirit of creating the largest resort in the United States, we're joining forces with Canyons to create a combined 4th of July weekend celebration! Join us on Friday at the Canyons Village at 4:00 pm when the grassy area opens for guests in front of the Mountain Stage at Ski Beach. From 3 to 6 pm we'll have a magician, crafts and photobooth, and from 4 to 6 pm DJ Velvet will play at the Umbrella Bar, along with the Hired Guns entertainers, face painting and a mechanical bull. The Soulistics will play on the Mountain…
  • Park City's $50 Million Capital Improvement Progress

    Park City Mountain Resort
    2 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    We're making headway on our $50 million capital improvement project. This summer we're combining Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort to create the largest resort in the United States -- Park City. After we closed April 19, we began first steps in the improvements. First, we salvaged all we could from the old Snow Hut-- then we started work on tearing the old building down, so that we could start building the new lodge.  After the Snow Hut demolition, we began taking chairs off of King Con and Motherlode Lifts. The chairs from the old King Con are going to be used for the new…
  • Summer at Park City Mountain Resort

    Park City Mountain Resort
    19 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    This weekend marks the official start to summer--join us for Memorial Day Weekend in Park City, Utah! We're opening for summer activities on Friday, May 22 from 1 to 6 p.m.  Have you been dreaming of riding the Alpine Slide since we closed last summer? Want to fly through the Aspens, 110 feet above the ground, on our Zip Rider? Head up to Park City this weekend and kick off your summer the right way.  View our full list of summer activities here.  Please remember that all summer activites are weather dependent. Check here for weather statuses.
  • The DoubleTree by Hilton Park City Joins the Vail Resorts Family

    Park City Mountain Resort
    15 May 2015 | 9:26 pm
    We're pleased to announce that the DoubleTree by Hilton (formerly the Yarrow Hotel) has joined the Vail Resorts family. This 182-guest room hotel and conference center is conveniently located between the Canyons Village and Park CIty Mountain Resort, just minutes from Park City's historic Main Street.  The DoubleTree has received a full interior makeover-- all guest rooms, meeting space and public areas have been revamped. In addition, the fitness center has been upgraded, the bar has been redesigned, and a coffee shop has been added to the hotel. All guest rooms offer Scenic Mountain or…
 
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    Park City Mountain Resort

  • Early July Updates: Lift Lines, Spider Hoe and more!

    Park City Mountain Resort
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:50 pm
    We're making headway on our $50 million capital improvement project. This summer we're combining Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort to create the largest resort in the United States -- Park City.  Follow along as we kick off July in a big way with Improvements that include the lift line for the new Interconnect Gondola, the arrival of more lift parts and the use of a crazy machine called a Spider Hoe. See the progress below! July 6, 2015:More trucks filled with lift parts just pulled into our parking lot! It doesn't stop when you're building 3 new lifts in one summer.  July 5,…
  • The Best 4th of July Celebration Happens Here

    Park City Mountain Resort
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:31 am
    Park City is the best place to spend your 4th of July. This year, in the spirit of creating the largest resort in the United States, we're joining forces with Canyons to create a combined 4th of July weekend celebration! Join us on Friday at the Canyons Village at 4:00 pm when the grassy area opens for guests in front of the Mountain Stage at Ski Beach. From 3 to 6 pm we'll have a magician, crafts and photobooth, and from 4 to 6 pm DJ Velvet will play at the Umbrella Bar, along with the Hired Guns entertainers, face painting and a mechanical bull. The Soulistics will play on the Mountain…
  • Park City's $50 Million Capital Improvement Progress

    Park City Mountain Resort
    2 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    We're making headway on our $50 million capital improvement project. This summer we're combining Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort to create the largest resort in the United States -- Park City. After we closed April 19, we began first steps in the improvements. First, we salvaged all we could from the old Snow Hut-- then we started work on tearing the old building down, so that we could start building the new lodge.  After the Snow Hut demolition, we began taking chairs off of King Con and Motherlode Lifts. The chairs from the old King Con are going to be used for the new…
  • Summer at Park City Mountain Resort

    Park City Mountain Resort
    19 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    This weekend marks the official start to summer--join us for Memorial Day Weekend in Park City, Utah! We're opening for summer activities on Friday, May 22 from 1 to 6 p.m.  Have you been dreaming of riding the Alpine Slide since we closed last summer? Want to fly through the Aspens, 110 feet above the ground, on our Zip Rider? Head up to Park City this weekend and kick off your summer the right way.  View our full list of summer activities here.  Please remember that all summer activites are weather dependent. Check here for weather statuses.
  • The DoubleTree by Hilton Park City Joins the Vail Resorts Family

    Park City Mountain Resort
    15 May 2015 | 9:26 pm
    We're pleased to announce that the DoubleTree by Hilton (formerly the Yarrow Hotel) has joined the Vail Resorts family. This 182-guest room hotel and conference center is conveniently located between the Canyons Village and Park CIty Mountain Resort, just minutes from Park City's historic Main Street.  The DoubleTree has received a full interior makeover-- all guest rooms, meeting space and public areas have been revamped. In addition, the fitness center has been upgraded, the bar has been redesigned, and a coffee shop has been added to the hotel. All guest rooms offer Scenic Mountain or…
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  • Back To The Future of Snowboarding

    Mark Barber
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:14 am
    “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need… roads!” Okay, so this quote from Back To The Future Part 2 is a little off target when predicting 2015. I should know, after being stuck on the M25 in rush hour traffic this evening. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the 80’s juggernaut of a franchise, in Back To The Future Part 2, Marty McFly travels to the future of 2015. And although we do not travel by flying cars, or have weird fax machine devices churning out messages in every single room of the house, the famous Nike self-lacing trainers will, according to…
  • WIN TomTom Bandit Action Camera

    Robert Stewart
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:46 am
    Forget cat videos, sneezing pandas and dogs balancing things on their heads… 2015 is the Year of the Goat in more ways than one. Standing proud at two foot nine inches, Baaadass Bill – the epic mountain adventurer – is the star of TomTom’s new digital ad campaign for the Bandit Action Camera. Born on a sky-high cliff in the Rockies, Billy gets a natural high from his extreme mountain expeditions. Never before seen footage of his awesome adventures will now be appearing across YouTube and social media channels. Like Billy, the TomTom Bandit is a trailblazer. It is the first…
  • Dry Slope Skiing – What It Means to Us

    Robert Stewart
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:40 am
    The UK sends around one million people skiing every year outside its borders, the second largest outbound ski market in the world after Germany. The British are mad about the sport and occasionally even claim they founded it – although we know the Norwegians have been skiing on wooden planks for centuries. One of the drivers that contributed to the growth of the sport during the late 1980’s (apart from cheaper access to holidays abroad) is the dry ski slope. Without the dry slope, I wouldn’t be working in the industry I’m in today. I first put skis on at Hillingdon dry slope circa…
  • Top 5 Men’s Base Layer Tops (artificial fabrics) And Ski Socks of 2015

    Robert Stewart
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Best felt and not seen – under garments are the unsung heroes of the snow apparel world; what did we do before them? Wore cotton t-shirts and froze. Today, there’s no excuse to get cold with the kind of clothing available to skiers and a good base layer is the essential starting point. Don’t over-layer, one or two base layers, combined with a good mid-layer if it’s really cold and then an outer layer is normally all that’s required. There’s many different base layer fabrics around and Merino Wool is a popular choice that certainly works for many, but we’ve picked three men’s…
  • The End of Whitelines Magazine

    Mark Barber
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:03 am
    Even Ed Blomfield, when he announced in the last issue of Whitelines that he was moving on from being Editor to concentrate on the growth of the website, didn’t realise that he was editing the last ever issue of the much loved Whitelines magazine. Whitelines has been an institution on the UK snowboarding scene since the first ever issue back in 1995. With it’s edgy, opinionated and uncompromising style, it has always targeted and been popular with the snowboarding youth culture. Even the name ‘Whitelines’ is a playful play on words with snowboarding terminology and drug culture. It…
 
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    The Mountain Mover

  • 2015 Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Guide

    Ashley
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    About The Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series is the most successful weekly rodeo in the country. While the roots of rodeo in this modest little Northwestern Colorado ranch town/world class ski resort trace back over 100 years, the humble beginnings of the weekly rodeo were known in the mid 1970s as the “Friday Night Jackpot.” Contestants gathered once a week to compete for their accumulated entry fees. [more] Know Before You Go How early should I get there? The gates open at 5:30. If…
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  • 5 reasons you need a Travel Wifi when traveling to France

    Kim Hull
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:12 am
    We are addicted to our connectivity. Facebook, Twitter, email, maps, Google – it is instinct to grab your phone throughout the day and find out what is going on in the world, get directions, or check in with friends and family. When traveling outside the U.S., it is even more so. You wander down one street, then another, and 30 minutes later, your wandering leads you to wondering where you’ve ended up. So, you grab your phone and stare at the settings to determine if it’s a data worthy moment. You know the thought – should you turn on the global data coverage or not? Oh how you…
  • We’ve joined Team WoolX!

    Kim Hull
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:03 am
    Kim wearing WoolX while hiking on the Tahoe Rim Trail When you find a product you really love it’s great to tell people about it. It’s even better when you can become part of the team! WoolX makes premium Merino Wool garments that are super soft, comfortable, and washable. I’ll admit, I was a bit skeptical about WoolX’s “no itch” claim before trying it out. Having spent years using different products for hiking and skiing, wool products almost always itch and usually require dry cleaning, so we tend to avoid them. WoolX changed our minds. The wool comes…
  • Connect with us on social media

    Middle Aged Ski Bum
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:35 pm
    We’d love to connect with you on social media! Here’s where to find us…. On Twitter Connect with Kim on Twitter @KimberliHull. Like chats? Kim participates in #hikerchat on Fridays at 9am PST, #snowchat at 6pm PST (held during ski season) and #foodiechats on Mondays at 5pm PST. New to chats and want to learn more? Read Kim’s article on Twitter chats.   We also tweet about photography on @TheLightChasers on Twitter & about pro cycling on @CyclingPhoto. On Facebook Connect with Middle Aged Ski Bum on Facebook and if you like pro cycling, be sure and check out…
  • The best wine bars of Reno & Tahoe

    Kim Hull
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:37 am
    West Street Wine Bar, RenoPhoto: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media There’s something so compelling about a great wine bar. Maybe it’s the chance to sample everything from sparklings to pinots by the glass. Maybe it’s music that sets the perfect mood. And, of course, great food to accompany your vino doesn’t hurt. So, where are the best wine bars in Reno and the Lake Tahoe area? Here’s four. West Street Wine Bar In downtown Reno, the place to head to grab a glass of vino is West Street Wine Bar. Tucked into the West Street Market, this casual, inviting wine bar has…
  • Napa Sonoma Grocery Company

    Middle Aged Ski Bum
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:25 am
    Napa Sonoma Grocery Company & Wine Bar in RenoPhoto: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media   Napa Sonoma Grocery Company 550 West Plumb Lane Reno, Nevada 89509 Plumgate Center (775) 826-0595 Website Napa Sonoma Grocery Company & Wine Bar in RenoPhoto: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media
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  • Idyllic Stilluptal

    Alana
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:45 am
      There are rare occasions in life where a view is simply so pleasing to the eyes that ones other senses cease for a few brief moments.  The Stillup Valley, Mayrhofen, Zillertal is a location of such beauty that this effect has been known to occur. There are not many places left in the world that are closed off entirely for half the year, allowing nature to take effect, entirely undisrupted.   The Stillup Valley itself is composed entirely of privately owned farm land and is owned by fifteen different families from the Zillertal. It is the shortest of the four major sub valleys…
  • Verona Bus Tours: Hop On, Hop Off!

    Alana
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:19 am
      I have visited Verona so many times in the past but it was only today that I experienced first-hand, the Hop On, Hop Off, City Sightseeing bus tour around the city. There are 2 different routes the bus takes: line A and line B. It costs €20 for 24hours of travel and you can use both lines as much as you like within that time! Children aged 5-15 years have a reduced price of €10. The bus takes to you visit all the main attractions, and as you ride, you can listen to the commentary, in English, relaying the history of the city and other interesting facts about the buildings and sites…
  • A Foodies Hike In Kitzbühel

    Alana
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:59 am
      Not everybody is aware of the wide variety of food and drink available in Austria. On this culinary walk along the ridge from the Kitzbüheler Horn you can sample many of the traditional dishes that Austria has to offer.   The route: start at the Hornbahn gondola and take Hornbahn I and the Horngipfel cable car up to the top of the horn to enjoy the stunning vista from the panorama terrace. Walk down the winding road and through the Alpine Flower Garden viewing flowers of all colours, shapes and sizes.   Carry on along road and turn off onto a grassy path, go right round the…
  • Ponte dei Sospiri: The Bridge Of Sighs

    Alana
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:44 am
      The now iconic and romantic Bridge of Sighs is one of Venice’s newest attractions. Built in the 17th century, it is outdated by its neighbouring structures, the prison and the palace.  As well as being an important part of ancient Venice, it has transformed with the city’s image into a romantic icon thought to emit eternal love to those who kiss on a gondola underneath it when the bells chime.   The bridge forms the connection between the prison and the Doge’s Palace. Originally, the prison was located in the attic of the Doge’s Palace, but after the escape of Casonova…
  • Get Lost In Venice: Top 5 Unmissable Churches

    Alana
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:28 am
      With over 200 churches brimming with decadent masterpieces, it can be difficult to decide which ones to visit and even easier to miss out on some of the best churches in the maze of Venice itself. Hiding around every corner, churches are scattered throughout the islands.   The city has a long history intertwining religion and state, meaning that churches were the recipients of large amounts of money and time, making them masterpieces within their own right. The state employed the best artists and architects, most of them local, to take part in their creations. Now these churches…
 
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  • A first-timer’s guide to stand up paddle boarding in the mountains

    Leah Fielding
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am
    Stand up paddle boarding, or SUP, is a highly popular water sport along coastal communities, but it’s also taking the High Country’s alpine lakes and rivers by storm and quickly becoming... This is a preview of the post, to read more please visit ski.com/blog.
  • Top 7 Western mountain towns for 4th of July fireworks

    Leah Fielding
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:22 pm
    An enduring symbol of core U.S. values, the American West is still wild, bold and free, and this is especially true in mountain towns. We know from closing day shenanigans and annual spring events... This is a preview of the post, to read more please visit ski.com/blog.
  • Ski resorts are prime wildlife viewing destinations

    Alex Boyd
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:43 am
    One of the best parts of a summer mountain vacation is the wildlife viewing opportunities. Most ski resorts are located on or bordering national parks or Forest Service land, making them prime... This is a preview of the post, to read more please visit ski.com/blog.
  • Three adventures to add to your Portillo ski trip

    Alex Boyd
    12 Jun 2015 | 2:14 pm
    New this season, Portillo skiers and snowboarders can book mini ski weeks, three- or four-night stays with the same all-inclusive components as a typical, seven-day ski week. For American travelers,... This is a preview of the post, to read more please visit ski.com/blog.
  • Experience the best summer activities at these 9 resorts

    Leah Fielding
    12 Jun 2015 | 11:48 am
    Summer in the mountains is just as action-packed and fun-filled as it is when blanketed in winter’s white stuff. For this reason, an increased number of ski resorts are investing in providing a... This is a preview of the post, to read more please visit ski.com/blog.
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  • The Explorer Part 1 – The Faces of Dav – Episode 4

    derek
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Watch The Faces of Dav – Episode 4 – The Explorer Part 1 Join Davenport, Ingrid Backstrom, James Heim, Michelle Parker and photographer Christian Pondella as they head north of the Arctic Circle by sail boat to the fjords of Svalbard, Norway. Before they can ski, they are rocked by rough seas. Then they crush couloirs in the endless daylight. Probably time to plan a trip to Norway… _______________________________ Official description from RedBull on YouTube: Published on Nov 20, 2014 Watch Dav ski north of the Arctic Circle: http://win.gs/1zDr5tw With the intention of…
  • Patagonia Simple Guide Pants Review

    derek
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Gear Review: Patagonia Simple Guide Pants Price: $99 Official: Patagonia Weight: 430 grams | 15.2 ounces Summary: The Patagonia Simple Guide Pants offer optimal mobility for any activity. These soft shell, stretch woven pants move with you and breathe well in a multitude of temperatures and conditions. ________________________________________ After years of positive reviews, the Patagonia Simple Guide Pant was discontinued in 2015. If you can get your hands on a pair, do it. These simple, lightweight, soft shell pants are ideal for almost any outdoor activity.
  • Follow The Swarm, Beehive Peak, Madison Range, MT

    derek
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    Climbing Follow The Swarm on the East Ridge of Beehive Peak in The Madison Range Location: Beehive Peak, Spanish Peaks, Lee Metcalf Wilderness, Madison Range, Montana Trailhead: Beehive Basin Trailhead – 7900 feet Distance: +/- 8 miles round trip Time: 5-8 hours Grade: II, 5.3 Summit Elevation: 10742 feet | 3274 meters Vertical: 2750 ft USGS Maps: Lone Mountain _____________________________________________ July is here. Only intermittent patches of snow still linger in the mountains of Montana. You might be able to sneak in a few turns in select locations, but it’s also time to…
  • Forest Service Approves New Backcountry Ski Hut In Colorado

    derek
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:58 pm
    The White River National Forest in Summit County, Colorado just approved a new backcountry hut to be built near Breckenridge. The new Weber Hut will be located at approximately 11,500 feet on the north aspect of Bald Mountain. Weber Hut Location According to HillMap It’s been a long process to get the hut approved by the US Forest Service as they have had to do environmental assessments, formal analysis, and extensive reviews. After four long years, Scott Fitzwilliams signed the final decision to approve the hut in mid June. It will still take 3 to 4 more years before the Weber Hut is…
  • SNOTEL Data: The Current Western US Snowpack – July 1, 2015

    derek
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:50 am
    After a rainy/snowy May, June was unusually warm. Much of the snow up high melted away. Long approaches became the norm and fewer and fewer skiers were seen skiing. There’s still patches of white up high, some snowy summits in Colorado still beckon the committed, but tickets are being booked for Argentina, Chile, and New Zealand. It might be time to put the skis away for the summer and commit to a few months of hiking, rock climbing, and alpine ascents. Let’s take a look at the snow data for the western US compared to normal. Below is theWestwide SNOTEL Current Snow Water Equivalent…
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