Snow Sports

Find the Right Gear

Good mountaineering schools have the newest and best equipment for rental.

Build Up Your Endurance

Since you're trying something new—skinning or climbing with crampons and an ice axe—you'll need to be in great shape to handle exercise at high altitude.

Practice in the Spring

Experience develops intuition, and intuition leads you to good, safe skiing.

Learn to Climb Technical Terrain

Some knowledge and comfort with ice climbing will make a big difference, building a feeling and love for your tools like crampons and an ice axe.

Make the Uphills Easy

Practice this skill set often to be efficient and to save energy in your excursions.

Stash Your Axe

The Axe Stash is a slick guide trick to put your axe away where it can quickly be retrieved if you feel insecure while climbing or descending.

Take Your Time

Approach the backcountry with respect and humility, or it will provide it for you.

The Fellowship of the Wings

Red Bull is promoting a snowkiting event with marketing copy that sounds like Gandalf wrote it. Can you pick out the Red Bull event taglines from actual Lord of the Rings quotes? Take the quiz now.

Burying the Truth

Recent avalanche deaths have prompted media speculation that sidecountry and backcountry skiing is becoming increasingly dangerous. It's just not that simple.

Blowing Up

For years experts have warned skiers never to travel in the backcountry without beacons, rescue shovels, and probes. In the aftermath of the deadly Washington State slide, is it time to add one more...

The Fight to Fly

Lindsey Van talks about the new film Ready to Fly and her struggle to get women's ski jumping into the 21014 Winter Olympics

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