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Headiing to the Slotterhouse

Headiing to the Slotterhouse

| April 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

After two years of dreaming about this area and then another six or so months of putting the actual trip together, we are finally heading out to one of the most beautiful ski venues in the world today. Excitement is very high! Code named “The Slotterhouse” due to the endless number of perfect slot-like couloirs, […]

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The Beginner’s Guide to Fighting in the Wasatch

The Beginner’s Guide to Fighting in the Wasatch

| March 21, 2014 | 28 Comments

Welcome to the Wasatch.  Now pick a side – pave it or preserve it. There’s a lot to be said for the Wasatch Mountains, especially from a skiing/boarding standpoint.  They are very riding friendly, have easy access, are close to a major metropolitan city, close to an airport, have seven major ski resorts and also […]

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Anti-Glomming Tutorial Video

Anti-Glomming Tutorial Video

| March 17, 2014 | 11 Comments

I had my first serious springtime glomming session over the weekend, which prompted this 3:36 minute video on how I remedy this wretched malady while on a tour. I wrote a post about glomming almost a year ago to the week and it is one of those things where doing a half-assed repair job usually […]

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SkiMo Mishaps and Fond Memories

SkiMo Mishaps and Fond Memories

| March 13, 2014 | 4 Comments

The 15th Annual Wasatch PowderKeg ski mountaineering race went off last weekend, and as far as I know, nobody got hurt, lost, died, or filed a lawsuit, but that has not always been the case. The early days of ski mountaineering (SkiMo) races in North America were a comedy of errors and I’m thrilled to see that […]

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Wasatch Backcountry Conditions – March 9

Wasatch Backcountry Conditions – March 9

| March 11, 2014 | 2 Comments

Although the Wasatch is still draggin’ ass on snow depth, skiing in the upper elevation backcountry areas has been pretty good. Last weekend we had a slight 2-4″ graupel refresher on top of a supportable crust, which made for some fun, fast powder skiing. I’ve seen a few photos of people getting after some of […]

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Black Diamond Carbon Series Skis

Black Diamond Carbon Series Skis

| March 7, 2014 | 7 Comments

For 2014/15, Black Diamond Equipment has added three new carbon-infused skis to their line – the Carbon Aspect, Carbon Convert and Carbon Megawatt.  BD has had carbon offerings in the past, but this year the carbon skis are not only being built in their own factory, but also have special construction details which make them […]

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Greg Hill Marches On

Greg Hill Marches On

| March 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

After climbing and skiing 50,000′ in 24 hours, then one million vertical feet in a year and then upping it to two million in a year, Greg Hill of Revelstoke, BC is working on a new project to ski 100 vertical kilometers (100,00m / 328,000′) in a single month. He started a few days ago […]

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WWA Backcountry Film Festival – Park City, 3/6

WWA Backcountry Film Festival – Park City, 3/6

| March 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

This Thursday, March 6th, the Winter Wildlands Alliance will be presenting the critically acclaimed Backcountry Film Festival at the Jim Santy Auditorium in Park City starting at 7:00pm.  This collection of films celebrates the human powered backcountry experience and is also a fundraiser for the Wasatch Backcountry Alliance.  Due to the overwhelming amount of local […]

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Kick Turn Fun & Games

Kick Turn Fun & Games

| March 2, 2014 | 5 Comments

After many thousand kick-turns, sometimes it’s fun to throw some challenge into a few of them.  This was a good one. Starting out in your high pegs (of course…) after 2,800′ of breaking trail, surmount a wind-lip and insert your Whippet into a woodpecker hole in an old growth tree. Pull up on the Whippet […]

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Wasatch Backcountry Update – March 1, 2014

Wasatch Backcountry Update – March 1, 2014

| March 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Another wild week with rain, snow, wind and dramatically fluctuating temperatures.  But also some pretty good snow. The Red Snake returns – morning traffic due to avalanche control work.  Warm and dry in the valley bottom and dumping snow halfway up the canyon. The “high” avalanche rating kept the crowds at bay.  I think this […]

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