Archive: February, 2013

Synthetics Versus Natural Base Layers

Choosing what clothing to ski in these days can be quite the difficult proposition given the variety of different fabrics and materials used in today’s technical layer wear. Dependent upon the type of activity and current weather, one’s layering densities and preferable fabric may vary, however the basic system remains the same regardless.             Base [...]

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Gloves or Mittens?

Hands down (no pun intended) the worst experience one can have while skiing is to be outfitted with insufficient hand protection. This painful experience is one that many of us can share, and likely won’t forget any time soon. It is therefore imperative that proper attention be paid when selecting hand armor for fun in [...]

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Conquering XC

Many years ago, during a particular dry and warm winter in Summit County, Colorado, I decided to end my boredom on the mountain by picking up a new challenge in telemark skiing.  Suddenly, runs that were once considered bland were now quite formidable, with basic blues skiing more like brutal blacks.  It was just what [...]

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Ski Wax Explained:

With snow conditions changing across the Sierras constantly, knowing how to pick the correct wax can make a huge difference in the level at which one’s skis or snowboard performs. Recent weather in the Sierras has more than likely caused many skiers a bit of frustration from a lack of glide while out on the [...]

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