Snow Sports

The Top 10 Ski Resorts in Europe

It’s hard not to love a country—Austria, Switzerland—where the hopes and dreams of its people rest on the shoulders of its best skiers. At just about any World Cup ski race in...

The Top 10 Tips for Beginning Ski Mountaineers

On November 8th of 2011, I departed from Argentina’s southernmost town, Ushuaia, on the 320-foot-long Clipper Adventurer.  Spring had arrived in the southern...

Take a Ski Mountaineering Class

Take a course. There are great ski mountaineering classes offered throughout the West. In Colorado, take a class with Crested Butte Mountain guides. In Tahoe, California, sign up with Alpine...

Find the Right Gear

You need to have the best equipment you can find on the market and you also have to know how to use it. Good mountaineering schools have the newest and best equipment for rental. It makes sense...

Build Up Your Endurance

Focus on 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

Skiing is a sport of experiences; the more you have the smarter you will be when it comes to making good decisions. And ski mountaineering is all about decision-making. Whether it's assessing...

Learn to Climb Technical Terrain

If you are getting into ski mountaineering, I recommend getting some alpine, rock and ice climbing experience in order to get used to exposed ridges and steep terrain. Some knowledge and comfort...

Stash Your Axe

You want to go further. You want to become a ski mountaineer. Making the leap from powder slopes to peaks can feel like a big jump. But a few simple skills can go a long way....

Tell Someone When You’re Out

I encourage everyone to get fired up and venture into the mountains. Make certain to go with someone who is a good partner, meaning they have experience and the know how to react in event you...

Beef Up Your Avalanche Skills

Those that decide to pursue objectives in ski mountaineering, or Glisse Alpinism, are sure to find great rewards. Before getting involved in the sport, be sure to dial in your backcountry...

Burying the Truth

ON THE AFTERNOON of February 23, a 24-year-old snowboarder named Timothy Robert Baker

Blowing Up

AROUND MIDDAY on Sunday, February 19, a group of 13 skiers headed into a backcountry area just outside Washington’s

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