Are your lips dryer than the Sahara desert? Are they parched and lacking the moisture they deserve? Do you experience windburn while you’re on the slopes snowboarding or skiing? If you answered yes to all of these, well say no more – your prayers have been answered!
Most people buy a jacket for warmth, while some people buy it for purpose. Both of these reasons are exactly why I chose to buy my Arc’teryx Atom LT jacket. It is not only practical, but it boasts comfort and style. The Atom LT consists of a moisture-resistant outer face fabric, which is not only breathable, but insulated and lightweight. Weighing in at a low 330 g/ 11.6 oz., this mid layer is easily compressible and packable. Whether you are skiing, climbing or using it as an everyday jacket. The Atom Lt is the jacket of choice for any outdoor adventure.
This isn’t so much about skiing, but about spending time outdoors and making the appropriate choices for clothing in whichever outdoor activities you’re doing. During the ski season or the off season, if you choose your clothing wisely, the so called off season doesn’t need to be a long waiting game for snow but rather a fun, adventure filled time while in worry free comfort.
The two most common things I hear when people talk about their ski boots are, they felt great when I tried them on at the store but now they really hurt my feet, and, these 10 year old boots are perfect, with all the well placed duct tape, why would I need a new pair?
“Winter In the Mountains Plus” (WIM+) is a new mentorship program designed for backcountry skiers and split boarders that are ready for more challenging backcountry objectives involving powder touring, ski mountaineering, or steep skiing. Most importantly, this program is intended for those that are keen to be on the “sharp end” by coordinating trips with the ACC.
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Learning how to snowboard was hard, like I mean really hard. Not only was it physically challenging in a way I had never known, but it was such a mental game that by the end of my first day I felt cold, sore, and defeated as I cried in frustration. Despite a hard first day on the hill, no less than two weeks later I had purchased myself a brand new setup. I had literally gone snowboarding once, what the h*ll was I thinking? Either I hit my head too many times on the first day, or despite my bruised tailbone and knees, I had found a sport that I truly loved.
Helmets. The once “nerdy” and “uncool” thing to wear on your head, has made a massive rise in popularity over the years. Take a look around the next time you’re in the mountains, and you’ll find that a vast majority of skiers and snowboarders are actually donning a proper ski helmet. Most people have now come to terms with the fact that wearing a helmet isn’t so bad, in fact, it’s actually pretty cool!
When skiing or snowboarding in the early season there can be some tricky situations you might get into. Depending on what you are skiing or snowboarding on whether it may be riding on groomed runs or in the backcountry there are dangers. Skiing or Snowboarding on groomed runs early in the season isn’t as bad because underneath that fresh snow or sometimes even artificial snow like at a hill near Edmonton like rabbit hill or snow valley, also in red deer at the Canyon Ski Area, your mostly riding on grass or dirt. Even at mountain resorts like Marmot Basin in Jasper Alberta, they make there own snow early in the season just to get the hill open for the many people who just love to ski those people go through summer getting in shape just for ski season. Those places aren’t so hard on your skis but riding at bigger resorts like Sunshine or Lake Louise there may be big rocks or boulders that will tear gashes through base of your skis or snowboard that you will have to take to a shop such as Sundance to get them to fix the gashes or possible holes that may happen.
Last season I had the luxury to ride Dynafits redesigned daily driver binding the Radical FT 2.0. This review will discuss the details of what sets this binding apart.
The binding functions like any other frameless binding on the market. The pin closes on the toe and then the heel is pressed onto the pins. The heelpiece rotates to allow a free heel for touring action. The toe has three settings, locked for touring mode, ski mode and open mode. These functions are inline with all tech bindings on the market.
I am a big fan of shovels that convert to hoes and I think BD has come up with a winner here.
I asked for some feedback on the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides informalex and got lots of positive responses from people who had used them HARD and from some people who were just familiar with them. Everyone who had used them HARD agreed that it was a solid, efficient tool.