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Mountain Skills: Essential Education

The list of skills and knowledge needed to get into the mountains is never ending. In fact, it’s subject matter that numerous careers are built on, but safe and efficient backcountry travel doesn’t necessarily require a PhD in snow science or a guide’s certification. It takes common sense, good partners, a willingness to learn and, above all, the following 10 things that every skier and rider should know.

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2017 Beer Guide: Hop Bombs

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Not Your Mom’s Ski Academy: A Maine School Heads Out of Bounds

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The Seventh Sojourn: It’s impermissible to ski on Kilimanjaro. Will it soon be impossible?

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2017 Beer Guide: Sessionable

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Gear

It’s what’s on the inside that counts: A Master Bootfitter’s guide to footbeds and liners

We last chatted with Board-certified pedorthist Bob Egeland just before the 2018 Powder Mountain Gear Test Week to hear about the ABCs of bootfitting. In our conversation, he elaborated on the three … [Read More...]

My Kit: Seven Essentials for The Sierra High Way

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My Kit: Nine Tools for Ski Mountaineering in Montana’s Tobacco Roots

Later this week, I’m heading into Montana’s Tobacco Root Mountains for a ski mountaineering course offered by Bell Lake Yurt and Montana Alpine Adventures. Most of my steep-skiing experience is … [Read More...]

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