Nestled in the forests of the Adirondacks, Paul Smith’s College is known for setting the bar in environmentally-focused education. On April 21, Paul Smith’s announced the launch of its newest project to enhance sustainability as a campus-wide initiative, a joint … Continue reading
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Every active snowshoer has to admit, there’s a full-time job waiting back at home and an office that has projects galore waiting to be completed. That’s our reality. We all have work to do. But for the computer user, true … Continue reading
Fimbulvetr – A new direction in snowshoes. For backcountry professionals. Made in Norway.
Visit http://www.fimbulvetr.no for more information.
Epic Colorado snow recently had Vail Mountain extending ski hours for the remainder of the season. With fully equipped kitchens, multi-room suites and plenty of unexpected complimentary amenities, Antlers at Vail hotel offers comfortable and budget-conscious lodging for families ready … Continue reading
Are you ready to stomp on breast cancer? Join us for an energetic morning of snowshoeing and celebration. On February 8, 2014, Tubbs Snowshoes and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) are hitting the trails for the seventh consecutive year … Continue reading
Watching a pair of blue jays frolic in a bird-bath. Sitting on a park bench observing squirrels chase each other around a giant oak tree. Gardening in your backyard. Planting a tree. Fishing along a misty river. Seeing turtles sunbathe … Continue reading
The 19th annual Winter Trails day on January 11, 2014 offers children and adults an opportunity to try snowshoeing and/or cross-country skiing free at venues throughout North America. Winter Trails is easy to participate in, super fun and a great … Continue reading
Jackson Ski Touring makes holiday vacation planning easy with great offerings for kids and families. Special packages and programs will make for affordable winter fun set in picturesque Jackson, NH. With the recent snowfall, Jackson Ski Touring is now open … Continue reading
Powdr Announces ‘Protect Your Playground’ Grant Program To Fund Ideas to Protect Local Recreation Spaces
Powdr, a leading mountain resort owner and lifestyle sports company, today announced “Protect Your Playground”, a new environmental grant program funding individuals with ideas to protect their local environments. Powdr will award $40,000 in grants across its properties, which include … Continue reading
Details surrounding Winter Trails Day, SnowSports Industries America’s (SIA) nationwide demo day, were released this week. Scheduled for Saturday, January 11, 2014, Winter Trails Days provides children and adults a chance to try snowshoeing and/or cross-country skiing FREE at … Continue reading
Quasi Xtreme Innovations has soft-launched Trackers, a combination cross-country ski and snowshoe that can grip the snow like a snowshoe but also glide like a ski. “We call it a skishoe, essentially a fat, short ski with crampon-like teeth on … Continue reading
A major snowstorm has blanketed Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) ski resorts with fresh powder, delighting skiers and snowboarders alike as snow totals pile up.
A potent combination of moisture and arctic air left significant amounts of new snow throughout … Continue reading
Snowshoeing and family: Two important things in life that go well together. And you can enjoy both in perfect harmony (plus much more) at Snow Mountain Ranch and Estes Park Center—two of the three YMCA of the Rockies locations in … Continue reading
After purchasing an Apple iPhone 5, my first order of business was to figure out how to protect my new investment. Knowing how abusive I am with my cell phones—R.I.P., my past five BlackBerries—I had to immediately act on … Continue reading
Report Estimates Backcountry Winter Recreation Contributes $22.5 Million Annually to Teton-West Yellowstone Economy
Newcomb and colleague Karl Meyer conducted random surveys over the course of the 2012-13 winter season of resident and non-resident backcountry visitors who participated in the activities of backcountry skiing and snowboarding (also known as alpine touring or AT), cross-country … Continue reading
“This mobile app makes it easier than ever to plan your visit to a national forest or grassland,” said U.S. … Continue reading
KEEN is unveiling The KEEN Effect a, fan-activated grants program designed to support projects that fuel people’s passion for protecting the environment and promoting responsible outdoor participation.
“At KEEN, we believe spending time outdoors is a key element to build … Continue reading
Located Near Crater Lake, Historic Union Creek Resort Combines Forest Setting, Rustic Charm, And Modern Comfort
Set deep in the renowned Rogue River National Forest just 23 miles from Crater Lake National Park, Union Creek Resort boasts a unique combination of rustic, historic accommodations, renovated rooms and amenities, and a long list of Oregon-born outdoor activities. … Continue reading
The Scott Expedition is starting from Scott’s hut and back again. Ben Saunders will start and finish at Scott’s Hut on the north shore of Cape Evans, Ross Island, Antarctica – S77º 3. Departing from Scott’s Hut they will traverse … Continue reading
I’ll call this an anniversary, rather than a birthday. And it’s been 10 years since I created this business… from the ground up. However, it doesn’t seem like a business anymore. I think of it more as a hobby… something … Continue reading
The third annual Northern Rockies Avalanche Safety Workshop (NRASW) will take place Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 8am until 4:30pm at the Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish, Montana.
NRASW is a one-day gathering of avalanche professionals and winter backcountry … Continue reading
National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America’s largest conservation organization, is pleased to announce the fourth annual Hike & Seek cities happening around the country this fall. Hike & Seek is a cross between a scavenger hunt and a one- to two-mile … Continue reading
The CNX difference – Every shoe is lighter. Faster. More efficient. CNX is a shoe that allows you to move about more freely with just enough material and protection for your feet in virtually any condition.
For more information on … Continue reading
This past February, Snowshoe Magazine covered the Winter Mountain Games Presented by Eddie Bauer — appearing for the second time on Vail Mountain in Colorado.
Here’s our interview with Paul Abling with the Vail Valley Foundation:
This weekend, Bend, Oregon will celebrate the thirteenth annual 2013 Dion Snowshoes United States National Snowshoe Championships. More than 200 of the country’s finest winter endurance athletes have qualified from 37 recognized qualifying races held throughout the season across the … Continue reading
This spring, KEEN introduces KEEN CNX, a new footwear collection that gives outdoor enthusiasts a low profile, lightweight way to jump, dive and scramble into summer. Just as KEEN’s part-shoe-part-sandal Newport brought lovers of the outdoors a new, hybrid way … Continue reading
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Beaver Creek’s popular running series offers winter enthusiasts an opportunity to participate in a series of snowshoe races on beautiful Beaver Creek Mountain. The third and final race takes place March 3, 2013 and kicks off up at Beaver … Continue reading
Atop Grouse Mountain, close to 100 snowshoe enthusiasts filled the starting gate for the annual Snowshoe Grind Mountain Run. With great trail conditions, racers tackled the newly extended 5.5 kilometer course which included not only the Snowshoe Grind trail but … Continue reading
Chaco Partners with American Camp Association Encouraging Children to Embrace a Life of Outdoor Adventure
Reinforcing its commitment to inspiring a lifetime of adventure, Chaco has partnered with the American Camp Association (ACA) to encourage young campers to enjoy a lifetime of outdoor activities and pursuits. Chaco will be the exclusive footwear provider to camp … Continue reading
Store owners, managers and buyers from over 100 outdoor retail businesses representing more than 400 retail doors voted on the most innovative and engaging marketing campaigns in this year’s Outdoor Industry Awards presented by Outdoor USA Magazine.
“There are several … Continue reading
Old Man Winter made a significant powder play this week giving the Colorado ski season a major boost. Several days of consistent snowfall in Colorado’s high country was capped off this morning with accumulations totaling as much as six feet … Continue reading
Outdoor Retailer (OR) organizers, backed by the unanimous support of the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) board of directors, has decided that the Winter and Summer Market tradeshows will continue at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah … Continue reading
The 18th annual Winter Trails Day experienced a very strong turnout at many locations this month. With good snow conditions in many areas of the country and a greater consumer interest in low impact exercise, final numbers are trending above … Continue reading
SnowSports Industries America (SIA) is organizing children’s winter apparel donations for the New York City-based charity Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) to help children in New Jersey and New York still suffering from the storm’s impact three months later.
For … Continue reading
The Snowshoe series consists of three races beginning on Jan. 6, 2013 at Creekside Park. The second … Continue reading
Snowshoeing is known as the world’s fastest-growing winter sport. Last season, despite dismal snow conditions, North America’s ski resorts saw an increase in snowshoer participation. Families and couples choose to snowshoe rather than ski or snowboard; in some cases, resorts … Continue reading
The Winter Games, being held January 29th through February 5th, will feature 151 USA athletes competing against other Special Olympics athletes from around the world. Team USA will compete in Alpine Skiing Cross Country Skiing, Snowboarding, Speed Skating, Figure Skating, … Continue reading
Winter Trails Day is Saturday, January 12, 2013. Enjoy a day of free snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
If you are new to winter sports, snowshoeing and cross-country are easy to learn and fun for all ages
making them perfect for … Continue reading
On December 21, 2012, the climbing community and MSR lost a dear friend. Bill Forrest, the Colorado climbing legend and prolific inventor, died of natural causes while snowshoeing on Monarch Pass, near his home in Salida, Colorado.
MSR and Bill … Continue reading
Thanks to another massive Pacific storm system that enshrouded the slopes with over five feet of fresh snow, Lake Tahoe is currently reporting the highest snowfall totals of all major ski destinations in the lower 48 states with summit elevations … Continue reading
Ibex Outdoor Clothing wants to celebrate being named the official wool clothing supplier of Telluride Ski Resort by sending one lucky skier to Telluride Ski Resort for a three-day ski-and-stay vacation. The contest will run on Facebook through January 3, … Continue reading
With nearly a meter of snowfall over eight days, Sun Peaks is on track to break its all-time record of 247 cm of new snowfall in December. The record set during the winter season of 2006/2007 could potentially be broken … Continue reading
Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are two great options for warding off unwanted weight gain during the over-indulgent holiday season. In fact, getting out in the winter months on snowshoes or cross-country skis are both great activities for burning up hundreds … Continue reading
Impressive weekend snowfall accumulated throughout the state, giving Colorado Ski Country resorts plenty of fresh powder with which to greet eager skiers and snowboarders. After the previous weeks’ storm, and with yet another one anticipated later during this week, winter … Continue reading
The first race of the series is on January 6, 2013 at Creekside Park. Sign up for the 5k or 10k runs this … Continue reading
SnowSports Industries America (SIA)’s consumer website Snowlink.com,which re-launched this week, arrived just in time for the 2012/2013 Winter Season. The site features a fresh look with a new logo, bluebird skies and dynamic easy-to-use homepage. Snowlink visitors will … Continue reading
North Carolina-based base layer manufacturer, ColdPruf, announced today the latest expansion to the company’s growing product line with the addition of the Premium PerformanceTM base layer.
Backed by 99-year-old parent company, Indera Mills, ColdPruf adds the new active layer … Continue reading
Wild Earth Llama Adventures in Taos, New Mexico is giving abandoned, abused and neglected llamas a second chance while, at the same time, giving one lucky couple a chance to win a five-day, four night vacation package to Taos, New … Continue reading
Members of the 2012 United States National Team, Eric Hartmark of Minnesota and Jared Scott of Colorado, will be competing in the 2013 La Ciaspolada snowshoe race in the Val di Non of Northern Italy on Jan. 6.
Known to … Continue reading
I have a history with the Hydro Flask lineup of double wall vacuum insulated reusable water bottles. They’ve been there for me through the thick and thin of every snowshoe outing, every summer hike, and every camping trip. My love … Continue reading
For winter snowshoe tours that crunch through the wild, slide into your boot straps and head out with the pros at Wild Nature Tours. Leading intrepid adventurers into BC’s picture-pretty Kootenay Rockies, these folks are all about the journey — … Continue reading
Outdoor Retailer, the industry’s largest and most influential trade event of the year (Jan. 22-26, 2013), will include new events and programs that speak to its core backcountry specialty attendees while providing the industry a glimpse of new, relevant product … Continue reading
More than 100 inches of snow has already fallen at Stevens Pass this season and the resort now has enough snow to open the entire mountain including Mill Valley (“The Backside”) this Saturday. With a winter storm advisory in affect … Continue reading
A new economic analysis details how the $12.2 billion winter tourism industry spread out across 38 states has experienced an estimated $1 billion loss and up to 27,000 fewer jobs over the last decade due to diminished snow fall patterns … Continue reading
Upgrades in snowmaking paired with ideal temperatures have propelled Vermont ski resorts into a promising early season. After starting the season with the most ski areas open in the country for Thanksgiving, Vermont’s snowguns have launched the resorts into December … Continue reading
The Adirondacks are home to winter traditions that span centuries, generations and most importantly, enliven even the coldest winter days. As snow descends on the Adirondack Mountains in Northern New York, families, friends and visitors look forward to a host … Continue reading
Outdoors enthusiasts, community leaders, big-men-on-campus and any other green-minded individuals around the country will have a chance to evangelize environmental consciousness in their community through a new ambassador program that will outfit specially chosen “Sustainability Officers” with a supply of … Continue reading
Founded in 1999, the Melanoma Foundation of New England (MFNE) is dedicated to educating the public about sun-safe behavior and the importance of melanoma prevention and early detection. The New England States have a higher rate of new melanoma diagnoses … Continue reading
Canadian hat company, Ambler Mountain Works, today launches a two-week charity campaign that will donate half of all online sales proceeds to Peace Rehabilitation Center, a grassroots organization that offers protection and rehabilitation for at-risk girls and women in … Continue reading
Suunto unveiled the Ambit 2.0 upgrade, making the Ambit the only constantly-evolving, consumer-driven, GPS watch on the market. The 2.0 update will allow Suunto users to personalize the watch by downloading existing apps—innovative new features created by other users in … Continue reading
Winter Trails has updated details for its nine Anchor Site locations with complete listings including educational workshops, animal tracking and a variety of fun activities. The Anchor Sites represent the larger regional events for Winter Trails Day, scheduled for Saturday, … Continue reading
B.A.S.I.C.S., (Being. Aware. Safe. In. Crazy. Situations) a program service of the High Fives Foundation, has released the second installment of a five part video series to promote safety and awareness through world-class fundamentals coaching and education. The B.A.S.I.C.S. 2 … Continue reading
I’m always on the hunt for a decent shoe that can be worn after snowshoeing—an après-snowshoe shoe, if you will. It’s something that can be worn in the car after returning from a long trek. It’s something that provides, first … Continue reading
I’ve been a minimalist most of my life. During my college days, I kept my life’s belongings in a locked trunk that rested at the foot of my bed. I didn’t need much then, but things changed for me after … Continue reading
Comfort, durability, and bullet-proof design definitely describe the essence of Patagonia’s Scree Shield shoes that arrive out-of-the-box trail-ready and ideal for terrain that wields sharp, knotty stones and unruly obstacles. For the everyday snowshoer, the Scree Shields are the “plug … Continue reading
The Talus Outdoor Technologies ColdAvenger line of cold weather face masks has been chosen to assist The Coldest Journey, an unrivaled polar expedition, as a selected official gear sponsor. It is being led by explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, and is … Continue reading
Mt Seymour has been recognized as the number one snowshoe friendly ski resort in North America by Snowshoe Magazine.
The Vancouver ski resort beat off stiff competition from ski resorts across North America to be awarded the accolade which reflects … Continue reading
Snowshoe Magazine would like to congratulate the Airlite Inflatable Snowshoes company and its owner, Rick Stafford, on winning first place at the Arctic Innovation Competition in Fairbanks, Alaska.
The Arctic Innovation Competition was created in 2008 by University of Alaska … Continue reading
Snowshoe Magazine, the Internet’s No. 1 resource for all things related to the sport of snowshoeing, has launched a buyer’s guide for snowshoes and accessories.
“Initially, the mission of Snowshoe Magazine focused on reporting and communicating the benefits of snowshoeing … Continue reading
Earlier this month, SnowSports Industries America (SIA) Board of Directors Chair, Tim Petrick, presented the 3rd annual Industry Achievement Award to longtime snow sports industry leader, educator and promoter Mary Jo Tarallo. The Industry Achievement Award acknowledges dedication to the … Continue reading
Snowshoe Magazine Becomes Platinum Sponsor of the U.S. Snowshoe Association and its 2013 National Snowshoe Championships
Snowshoe Magazine, the Internet’s No. 1 resource for all things related to the sport of snowshoeing, is stepping forward as the Platinum Sponsor of the United States Snowshoe Association (USSSA) and its 2013 U.S. National Snowshoe Championships.
“Since starting this … Continue reading
For the 2012/2013 season, Snowshoe Magazine launched a new tagline that describes exactly what all of our readers should eventually pursue more than once while snowshoeing… and that is to “break your own trail.”
So, what does this tagline mean?… Continue reading
Vermont’s resorts have been hard at work planning and prepping millions of dollars of improvements for winter fun.
Here’s the latest and greatest news in upgrades, expansions, additions, and more:
Bromley is getting ready to undergo a much … Continue reading
Sugar Bowl Resort in California has signed an agreement to operate Royal Gorge Cross Country Resort, one of America’s largest cross-country operation, which is being purchased by the Truckee Donner Land Trust, the Trust for Public Land and the Northern … Continue reading
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the popular Mountain Masochist 50-mile trail run is preparing for its largest race to date with over double the amount of racers from previous years. The race will take place on Saturday, November 3rd and include … Continue reading
To combat today’s “indoor childhood” trend, National Wildlife Federation has a new goal to move 10 million kids from their indoor habitat back into the outdoors, at home, school, and parks, anywhere there is green space. A generation ago, … Continue reading
Angel Fire Resort said that it will keep one of the nation’s highest elevation zipline open this winter for mountain thrill seekers.
This winter, skiers and snowboarders can spend half the day in one of the best terrain parks in … Continue reading
The Denver Nordic Ski Association (Ski Denver) is pioneering urban skiing in the mile-high city. To make it a reality, popular local artists Opie Gone Bad, Dave Tamkin and Chris Webb will play a free concert on October 22.
The … Continue reading
In the weeks following the close of another successful Summer Market tradeshow, Outdoor Retailer today confirmed* the semi-annual tradeshow hit record-breaking attendance figures for the third consecutive year. Final reports indicate the show saw a five percent increase in overall … Continue reading
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, the historic high desert resort located in the middle of O’Keeffe Country, is one of Northern New Mexico’s most desirable après-ski destinations. New Mexico’s ski resorts received some of the best snow in … Continue reading
The second annual Northern Rockies Avalanche Safety Workshop (NRASW) will take place on Oct. 13, 2012 from 7:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish, Mont. NRASW is a one-day gathering of avalanche professionals and winter … Continue reading
The cooking experience on the trail is always a fickle experience. Growing up in Colorado, I was always accustomed to cooking with a large Coleman stove while camping or a small MSR backpacking stove. Both required fuel, such as white … Continue reading
Snowshoe Mountain Resort promised to deliver the most terrain open in the region by detailing its new Snow Guarantee: If Snowshoe Mountain cannot offer the most skiable terrain open compared to all other mountains in the region then your next … Continue reading
Headsweats, the world leader in performance headwear for active endeavors, is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the 2012 U.S. National Snowshoe Team. By providing team members with Headsweats Performance Beanies and Snowflake Beanies, the athletes will be able … Continue reading
To coincide with the debut of its new insulated collection, Vasque is excited to announce sponsorship of the 2012 – 2013 U.S. National Snowshoe Team. Snowy weather calls for high quality footwear and the new Vasque insulated collection offers durability, … Continue reading
On Friday, September 14, KEEN invites everyone across the globe to go outside to play for 10 minutes on Worldwide Recess Day. This global celebration comes at a time when people are stressed out, always online and increasingly sedentary. KEEN … Continue reading
Scientists are setting sail on August 25 to study ocean acidification in the Arctic and what this means for the future survival of marine and terrestrial organisms.
The Arctic Ocean is one of the most vulnerable places on the planet … Continue reading
For a free day of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, join your fellow winter sports enthusiasts for Winter Trails Day on Jan. 12, 2013.
If you are new to winter sports, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are easy to learn and fun … Continue reading
The Newport H2 Sandal is what would happen if the KEEN Targhee shoe ate a KEEN Portico Flip; the two would magically morph into a pair of Newports. No matter the sport—even for everyday wearing—the Newport Sandal is the perfect … Continue reading
I’ve seen quite a few awards tossed around post-Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. So, I thought I’d ride that bus and give my “Best of Snow” award for my favorite product/brand from the New Exhibitor Pavilion at the show: the NOW … Continue reading
When purchasing a boot for every day wear and tear, do you care that its abrasion-resistant outsole has superior traction and that the leather upper is “WeatherSealed” (whatever that means)?
I’m not sure I check for those features when shopping … Continue reading
As a member of the outdoor industry, I receive a few perks from time to time. I get to see a lot of new gear and technology before it all hits the shelves. Not only that but I also get … Continue reading
Silver Star Mountain Resort has launched an unprecedented new perk for Alpine Season Pass and Alpine Day Tickets holders. To add to the resort’s 115 alpine runs, all passes and tickets will include unlimited access to all Nordic trails, snowshoe … Continue reading
While it’s understood that the 2011/2012 snow season was a drastic, uncontrollable failure for the snow sports industry, the years prior for snowshoeing have been an overwhelming success. Depending on the weather can sometimes be a tough career choice, but … Continue reading
When I first registered for the MS150, I thought twice about getting involved. I don’t exactly have the road cyclist’s physique—in fact, I’ve never been on a road bike for more than two miles at one time. It felt strange … Continue reading
Inspired by Discovery Channel, Discovery Expedition – an innovative collection of lifestyle products specifically designed for active and intellectual exploration – has launched a search for new products and technologies that enhance life in the great outdoors.
Discovery Communications and … Continue reading
Dog sled and snowshoe designers and builders Paul & Darlene Bergren of Minot, N.D., are among the recipients of the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowships, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.
Paul Bergren built his first … Continue reading
The North Face Third Annual Explore Your Parks Program Helps American Families Discover the Outdoors
The North Face today announced the expansion of its Explore Your Parks program to encourage families to get outdoors and enjoy the nation’s treasured and endangered State Parks. The North Face, along with American Hiking Society and Leave No Trace … Continue reading
Osprey Packs announced their sponsorship of the 2012 Climb Against the Odds, the Breast Cancer Fund’s annual mountaineering expedition for breast cancer prevention.
From June 17 to 23, 2012, a team of up to 27 women who have been touched … Continue reading
School is out, and many kids are already spending hours inside glued to their electronic devices. To foster a healthy outdoor lifestyle it’s time for parents to boot them outside so they can benefit from some fresh air surrounded by … Continue reading
OIWC is proud to announce the first annual sponsorship of its Education Series, an annual series of professional development events for women in the outdoor industries. GORE-TEX, adidas Outdoor, CamelBak and REI will be supporting every Education Series event throughout … Continue reading
Think of the Thermal Bar like a base layer for your body’s core – worn on the inside, so to speak. This one-of-a-kind, healthy energy bar does more than provide a much-needed boost before, during and after a nice snowshoe … Continue reading
The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, invite people everywhere to enjoy, explore, learn, share, and give back to America’s nearly 400 national parks during National Park Week 2012.… Continue reading
Explore the Nordic trails in British Columbia and win a prize in BC Nordic’s “Nuts for Nordic 2” photo contest. It’s simple: hit the trails, click, upload and vote for your favourite photos.
Running until March 31, the online photo … Continue reading
Combine the results of the Dion 2012 USSSA National Snowshoe Championships, the 2012 World Snowshoe Championships, the 2012 Winter Teva Mountain Games, and the 2012 Jeremy Wright North American Snowshoe Championships and you have the best of the best of … Continue reading
I rarely enjoy a sports drink that is made with milk, much less anything that thickens the saliva and tastes like a milkshake at the local Smashburger. Plus, I’m not sure that’s something you’d want to consume before a moment … Continue reading
The snow conditions haven’t been kind to snowshoers this season. That’s no secret. For those lucky enough to have snow, they had to creative with finding the right trail.
My story for the 11/12 season is no different: I had … Continue reading
As a result of its abundance of fluffy white stuff and its reputation for hosting top-notch elite sporting events, Bend, Oregon has been selected to host the 2013 Snowshoe National Championships.
Officials with the U.S. Snowshoe Association made the announcement … Continue reading
As Spring Break approaches, travelers are searching for one final snow-filled mountain get together. The breathtaking Estes Park is one of the most stunning and undiscovered snowshoeing location, perfect for the much-needed mountain escape.
Snowshoe Magazine would like to congratulate the 2012 U.S. National Snowshoe Teams:
Mitchell Kasyon – Colorado
Postyn Smith – Colorado
Sam Sahli – Colorado
Samantha Lewis – Colorado
McKenna Ramsay – Colorado
Melissa Tekippe – Wisconsin… Continue reading
There were plenty of familiar faces on the podium at the inaugural Winter Teva Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer, as many seasoned veterans of the annual summer event proved their mettle in the snow. Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.) and … Continue reading
Atlas Snow-Shoe Company, the leader in snowshoe innovation and snowshoe racing, is the official snowshoe sponsor of the inaugural Teva Winter Mountain Games in Vail, Colo., February 10–12, 2012.
The human powered, environmentally friendly Teva Mountain Games, founded in … Continue reading
The United States Snowshoe Association, established in 1977, is pleased to announce that it will continue to offer the All-Military Division as part of their 2012 Dion Snowshoes U.S. National Snowshoe Championships in Frisco, Colorado, February 24-26, 2012.
Any current … Continue reading
ORS Snowshoes Direct Video Productions presents the 2011 / 2012 racing snowshoes and running snowshoes category. Video offers an overview and review of the snow shoes offered in this category, comparing and contrasting the features of each model. Products include … Continue reading
The tenth annual Tubbs Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer at Stratton Mountain raised over $91,500 for the VT/NH Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, with funds still rolling in.
Snowshoers emerged in all shapes and sizes, some even on four … Continue reading
Los Alamos, NM is opening up its night skies for visitors like never before. At just under 7,500 feet in elevation and no air and light pollution, Los Alamos, New Mexico, has some of the clearest night (and day) skies … Continue reading
ORS Snowshoes Direct Video Productions presents the 2012 beginner snowshoes category. Video offers an in-depth explanation and review of how to select and buy snow shoes in this category, comparing and contrasting the features of each. Models include Tubbs Xplore … Continue reading
ORS Snowshoes Direct Video Productions presents the 2012 Recreational/Trail-Adventure snowshoes category. Video offers an in-depth explanation and review of how to select and buy snowshoes in this category, comparing and contrasting the features of … Continue reading
ORS Snowshoes Direct Video Productions presents the 2012 Go-Anywhere/All-Terrain snowshoes category. Video offers an in-depth explanation and review of how to select and buy snowshoes in this category, comparing and contrasting the features of each. Models include Tubbs Wilderness, Tubbs … Continue reading
The annual nation-wide event – Winter Trails Day – is scheduled for this Saturday, January 7th, 2012 at over 80 locations nationwide. Despite a few locations reporting lower snowpack levels, excellent snowshoeing and cross country skiing conditions remain across the … Continue reading
ORS Snowshoes Direct Video Productions presents the 2012 Expedition/Backcountry snowshoes category. This video offers an in-depth explanation and review of how to select and buy snowshoes in this category, comparing and contrasting the features of each. Models include Tubbs Mountaineer, … Continue reading
Highline Sports & Entertainment announced today the schedule for the 2012 Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series. Dates for the 2012 series include: Sunday, Jan. 8, Sunday, Feb. 5 and the annual Jeremy Wright North American Snowshoe Championships on Sunday, March … Continue reading
The new MSR SureLock pole designs feature three major boosts in technology:… Continue reading
SureLock Adjustment System: Unlike friction-based
So, what gear made it into the backpacks of our gear reviewers after the holiday gift-giving surge? From traction gear to emergency gear, Snowshoe Magazine has a few recommendations from our reviewers and some readers.
STABILicers Original –
The STABILicers … Continue reading
On a warm day of snowshoeing the Brooks Range Mountaineering Isto jacket is an “A” game choice for any snowshoer. It’s a softshell that features a breathable four-way stretch fabric, so it moves when you move… and quite effectively when … Continue reading
Wild Earth Llama Adventures in Taos, New Mexico – voted as one of the “Top 10 Best Tours in the United States” by Trip Advisor – is hosting a raffle to help with their llama rescue efforts, with a great … Continue reading
In this video, Snowshoe Magazine reviews The North Face snowshoeing combo: Perception Jacket, Mountain Pants, Snow Beast Boots and the Patrol 34 Backpack.
For more information:
The North Face Perception Jacket – http://bit.ly/sbGH84
I rarely snowshoe with trekking poles. It’s just not something I do. I like having my hands and arms free to use a camera, examine local trees, check e-mails on my blackberry, and throw snowballs at passing snowmobilers. I feel … Continue reading
Fine dining at a backcountry yurt may seem like a bit of an oxymoron, but that’s exactly what the Crested Butte Nordic Council (CBNC) has been able to pull off. Over the last three years they’ve turned their Magic Meadows … Continue reading
For years now, The North Face Denali Jacket has been a popular choice among outdoor enthusiasts and people who want to own a warm fleece jacket to wear when the temperatures drop. It seems to be a rite of passage … Continue reading
Indulge in a good dose of holiday cheer Dec. 9-10, 2011 at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, where its annual holiday fête has grown to include a special Holiday Gift Market complete with carolers and cocktails, and Deschutes Beer-Pairing Dinner the night … Continue reading
Looking to pursue cross country skiing, in addition to snowshoeing? This video – provided by ORS Cross Country Skis Direct – offers detailed information on how to choose the right pair of backcountry-telemark boots and bindings.
Get the family together and head to Crystal Mountain Resort to take advantage of midweek specials offered during non-holiday periods. Spend quality time with the family outdoors while saving money for holiday shopping or your next excursion. Pack your snowshoes … Continue reading
Looking to pursue cross country skiing, in addition to snowshoeing? This video – provided by ORS Cross Country Skis Direct – offers detailed information on how to choose the right pair of backcountry-telemark skis.
It’s been a while since Snowshoe Magazine has reviewed anything with the Patagonia brand attached to it, and doing so is considered a huge step for our matured gear review process – refined throughout our eight-year history. While most of … Continue reading
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Looking to pursue cross country skiing, in addition to snowshoeing? This video – provided by ORS Cross Country Skis Direct – offers detailed information on how to choose the right pair of sport-racing skate skis, boots, bindings and poles.
For the first time in snowshoe racing history, competitors will have a healthy choice of international races to attend that offer huge cash prizes. And while the list is long, here’s Snowshoe Magazine’s top five ground-breaking, must-attend championship snowshoe racing … Continue reading
The majority of the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts will open for the 2011-12 winter season this week with impressive early season skiing and snowboarding conditions, unbeatable early season vacation packages, non-stop entertainment and new guest amenities from recent resort capital … Continue reading
Looking to pursue cross country skiing, in addition to snowshoeing? This video – provided by ORS Cross Country Skis Direct – offers detailed information on how to choose the right gear and how to get the winter season started on … Continue reading
Waldorf Astoria Park City, the first ski property from the iconic hotel brand, announces a new collection of amenities for the winter season. Located in picturesque Park City, Utah, at the base of Canyons Resort, the hotel unveils several new … Continue reading
Canyons Resort in Park City Announces New Amenities and Programming for Grand Opening of 2011/2012 Ski Season
The 2011/2012 ski season will mark the grand opening of the newly reinvented Canyons Resort as it introduces more on-mountain enhancements in 2011 than any other U.S. ski resort. Canyons will open this Friday, November 25, at 9 a.m.
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Looking to pursue cross country skiing, in addition to snowshoeing? This video – provided by ORS Cross Country Skis Direct – offers detailed information on how to choose the right pair of skis and how to get the winter season … Continue reading
At Outdoor Retailer Winter Market trade show this past January, Cascade Designs unveiled its 2011-2012 MSR Snowshoe line. The eight models in the line feature a variety of the best and newest technical features exclusive to MSR snowshoes.
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We recently had a reader – Dave, a soon-to-be resident of Denver – inquire as to what he should wear and use while snowshoeing. Here are our recommendations for Dave:
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Travelers preparing for the upcoming ski season in Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) will now have more options and easier access to Colorado’s world class resorts. Several new flights will be offered for the 2011/12 ski season, adding to the … Continue reading
Amid the twin crises of health care and a tough economy, national parks and protected lands are a largely unrealized source of public health benefits. National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis says, “Being outdoors has positive effects on health … Continue reading
It was a clean sweep for Allison Crocker (Amherst, MASS) as she won all three events at the USA Orienteering Championships, held October 21 – 23 in Boston and surrounding areas.
Crocker led the women’s field in the Sprint (Franklin … Continue reading
The North Face launched a 14-city KNOW Boundaries Snow Safety Tour, which partners top athletes, including, Ian McIntosh, Dana Flahr, Lucas Debari and Conrad Anker, with The North Face and REI stores around the country to provide valuable insight on … Continue reading
Snowshoes.com, an online guide to staying active in winter, announced the launch of the Snowshoes.com Get Going! Workshops at select REI stores nationwide. The workshops are designed for everyone from first-timers looking for assistance on choosing a snowshoe or dressing … Continue reading
With snow already gracing the mountaintops, the Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley is preparing to greet winter in style with November happenings. The Crested Butte Nordic Center kicks off its season on Nov. 19, and Crested Butte Mountain Resort opens Nov. 23 … Continue reading
First Descents Chosen by the EPIC Foundation for the Second Year as Beneficiary of the 8th Annual 80′s Ski Party
For the second year in a row, the EPIC Foundation has chosen First Descents, a Denver-based non-profit providing free adventure therapy to young adults fighting and surviving cancer, as the beneficiary of the all funds raised at the party. This … Continue reading
The Quebec Snowshoes Association is proud to help host the World Snowshoe Championship on March 9-12, 2012. Following last year’s event in Japan, this year’s race site will be Forêt Montmorency. World champion and Quebec resident, David Le Porho, will … Continue reading
Woodstock, Vermont celebrates the holiday season with its annual town-wide Wassail Weekend held December 9-11, 2011. The Woodstock Inn & Resort is offering a special package for guests to enjoy this enchanting holiday celebration including tickets to see the highly … Continue reading
This season Waterville Valley Resort is making strides to improve snow conditions on the resort’s 52 downhill trails, all terrain parks and their 70 km of cross country tracks. Skiers and riders will be able to take advantage of the … Continue reading
Fresh off a record-shattering season in terms of both snowfall and skier visits, the seven Ski Lake Tahoe resorts carry this momentum into the 2011-12 season thanks to nearly $100 million in capital improvements that will enhance the guest experience … Continue reading
With 395 parks across the country consisting of over 84 million acres, there are endless adventures custom-made for kids of all ages in America’s national parks. In honor of National Public Lands Day on September 24, when national parks across the country will waive their entrance fees, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation have unveiled ten great ways for kids to get out and … Continue reading
Celebrate this Columbus Day Weekend in southern Vermont; head to Stratton for a weekend fêting Vermont, fall, friends and the kick-off to Stratton’s 50th anniversary season.As the leaves busy themselves turning vibrant shades of red, orange and yellow, the resort is abuzz with preparations for the new ski and snowboard season, anticipating the arrival of 300 new snow guns, shipments of 2012 gear a… Continue reading
Fall Colors 2011 is underway with the U.S. Forest Service leading the charge to urge people to get outdoors, spend time in rural communities, and enjoy one of nature’s most spectacular seasons.“Fall is a special time when nature’s work transforms our landscapes into a natural patchwork of vibrant hues,” said Tom Tidwell, Chief of the U.S. Forest Service. “Because the Forest Service is the national… Continue reading
As in past seasons, the United States Snowshoe Association (USSSA) goes through an arduous planning process for its regional qualifying snowshoe race series and its championship event. The 2011/2012 season is no exception. In fact, it’s a preseason of positive developments for the USSSA and its snowshoe racing team. The USSSA is adding new sponsorships, new events, and is adding a race registration solution for event participants.
The Northern Rockies Avalanche Safety Workshop (NRASW) will take place October 1, 2011 at 8:00am at Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish. Five of the region’s prominent avalanche professionals will present practical safety information and research. Workshop attendees will learn about the current state of the snow safety industry, see demos of safety skills and meet people with a common goal – stayin… Continue reading
On September 24, Americans across the country will participate in National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands. The event calls people of all ages to connect to America’s great outdoors and care for the country’s public lands.This year’s National Public Lands Day supports the efforts of Let’s Move Outside, a program of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let… Continue reading
Talus Outdoor Technologies, maker of the revolutionary ColdAvenger line of cold weather face masks, is excited to announce its donation of a truck-load of more than 1,000 ColdAvengers to the Clothes4Souls nonprofit organization.A division of Soles4Souls, the Clothes4Souls organization coordinates worldwide donations of new and gently used clothing items to those who need them most. These items are… Continue reading
Summer is the time for hiking, gardening, picnicking, and simply enjoying the great outdoors. It is also prime tick season—which means increased exposure to the serious infectious diseases they carry. “According to the New York Department of Health, ticks are most active late spring through mid-August,” says Lou Paradise, president and chief of research of Topical BioMedics, Inc., Rhinebeck, NY, t… Continue reading
One of the first backpacks I owned back in the 80s was a Kelty external frame. It was a solid pack – aluminum frame and all. It’s hard to find an external frame pack nowadays, especially a reliable one. And they’re not ideal for snowshoers. Nonetheless, I found one that any shoer should consider.
Continuing my series on Batman’s preferred outdoor clothing and gear, I now focus my attention on the Nau Asylum jacket. This hardy, three-layer winter garment is waterproof, windproof and an all-conditions masterpiece – particularly suited for harsh, snow-covered environments. Snowshoers, pay attention!
Designed with Batman in mind (not true), the Deuter Freerider Pro 30 is a pack that can stash a lot of stuff. Most importantly, it can stash a set of snowshoes to its front – protected by a combination of hypalon and Deuter Ballistic materials.
![CDATA[Tourism spending in the Juneau, Alaska area is expected to reach $160 million this summer season with many of those visitors flocking to the newly upgraded U.S. Forest Service Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.Located on the Tongass National Forest, the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center attracts more than 400,000 visitors annually, many arriving via cruise lines that offer breathtaking views of th...]]> Continue reading
OAK Makes a Move to Get More Kids Active Outdoors in Support of America’s Great Outdoors and Let’s Move Outside
To commemorate its one year anniversary and celebrate National Get Outdoors Month, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) is launching a new Facebook application to inspire and encourage young people to get outside, and be active. In support of the President’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative and the First Lady’s Let’s Move Outside! program, the new Get Your Nature On Facebook application will pr… Continue reading
Denver Beer Fest Returns: Third Annual Celebration of All Things Beer Features 200 Suds-Centric Events
Strengthening Denver’s claim as one of the world’s great beer cities, VISIT DENVER will present the third Denver Beer Fest, Sept. 23-Oct. 1, 2011. The citywide celebration coincides with America’s most prestigious beer competition, the Great American Beer Festival (Sept. 29-Oct. 1) and the two-weekend-long Oktoberfest Denver (Sept. 16-18 Sept. 23-25).This year’s event will be taken to new heights… Continue reading
Runners will have an opportunity to race up the Pikes Peak Highway on Sunday, August 28, 2011, when they enter the inaugural Pikes Peak Road Ascent. This 11.6-mile route will start near the Pikes Peak Highway Toll Gate at an elevation of 7,750 feet and ascend up the mostly-paved road to Glen Cove at an elevation of 11,425 feet. The total gain is 3,675 feet with an average grade between 5 and 8 per… Continue reading
Remote and isolated, Greenland is little understood as a tourism destination. Six short adventure clips to be released this month over social media venues such as Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo, are seeking to change that by sharing the pioneering spirit of the people and opportunities for the ultimate adventures available in Destination Arctic Circle, Greenland.The clips will follow the adventure of… Continue reading
The best way to test the structural integrity of any backpack is to drop a 15-pound bowling ball – from a distance of 10 feet in the air – into the main compartment. If it doesn’t rip a hole through the bottom of the pack, continue with testing its durability by filling it full of honey and allowing wild animals to have their way with it. In that same line of analysis, spray it with pheromones and once again allow wild animals to have their way with it. If it remains relatively intact thereafter, the pack is most decidedly a decent product and should be endorsed as such.
Some people can’t get enough time outdoors, surrounded by nature’s gifts and being refreshed by a world of green. Others need a little more nudging to get outside and if there was ever a time to be encouraged to open up that door it’s the month of June. That nudging starts at the very top with President Obama proclaiming June as Great Outdoor Month, along with almost every state governor. The Pres… Continue reading
Coffee Cats coffee shop in Taos, New Mexico is drawing a lot of attention for serving up powerful drinks on the rocks, literally. Whether it’s coffee or tea you’d prefer, you can order it with a side of amethyst or jasper stones or combine several natural stones designed to heal, energize, reduce skepticism, and everything in between.“Natural stones have energy which is why many people love this n… Continue reading
The Telluride Blues Brews Festival returns to Telluride Town Park September 16-18th to kick-off another incredible year of good music, good fun, and some of the best microbrews in the country. This year’s event marks the 18th Annual festival and Blues Brews is proud to announce five-time Grammy winning Robert Cray to the festival lineup.Robert CrayRobert Cray leads the Blues Hall of Fame for the… Continue reading
Oboz invites you to lace up your shoes or boots, and get out and take a hike.The Bozeman, Mont. outdoor footwear company has put forth a challenge: Simply go for a hike between May 23 and July 8. Oboz will plant a tree for every hike logged on Bolder – a website devoted creating a collective community around positive challenges and rewards benefiting health, fitness, the environment, community and… Continue reading
SnowSports Industries America (SIA) announced today they have signed on with Reese Brown and his company, RDB Marketing Event Services, to act as SIA’s Nordic Program Director. Under this new agreement, Brown will be managing the Winter Trails program as well as the SIA Snow Show’s Nordic On-Snow Demo.For the past nine years, RDB Marketing Event Services has managed all aspects of Winter Trails … Continue reading
This is it! There are only two weeks left to gather clues and find the spectacular cache of outdoor gear, hidden somewhere in North America. The Grand Prize, worth $15,000, includes a 2011 SylvanSport GO, and an array of fantastic outdoor gear from the sponsor partners.The nationwide treasure hunt started on Monday, April 4th when the first clue went live on www.findthego.com. Each week, for eight… Continue reading
Suunto ambassador Apa Sherpa summited Mt. Everest for a record-breaking 21st time on May 11th, 2011. Apa, known as the “Tiger of the Himalaya” broke his own world record set last summer on the iconic peak.Navigating the southeast ridge route with his signature Suunto Core Extreme Edition Everest watch, Apa reached the 8,848 meter peak at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11th after leaving the last camp… Continue reading
I’ve always been a big supporter of MSR’s water filtration products. In fact, I still own and use an older model from the 90s. And it works great! But what I’ve been suggesting to fellow snowshoers and hikers is to use the SteriPEN in conjunction with a filtration system – especially on long backcountry trips.
Easton Mountain Products earned top honors at the 2011 Utah Innovation Awards on Tuesday. A committee of 70 experts from Utah’s private industry, government and academic communities selected Easton Mountain Products’ new Kilo ultralight tent as the winner in the contest’s outdoor and consumer products category. The Utah Innovation Awards recognizes significant innovations from Utah companies. The … Continue reading
…and when the two are combined, you have a badass all-weather jacket that is lightweight and lets the sweat out as you move swiftly on the trail. In other words, the eVent fabric breathes via a Direct Venting Technology – as it’s referred to. Instead of multiple steps in the breathing process, the eVent fabric does it in one step; it vents directly out of the jacket, simple. However, while it seems uncomplicated, the GE-owned eVent is a force/fabric to be reckoned with – especially in the cold weather elements.
Whether you’re single, a couple or a group of friends looking to restore, revive and rejuvenate, the Devil’s Thumb Ranch June Yoga Spa Retreat is the perfect, easy-to reach getaway to transition from winter doldrums to summer-inspiring optimism.Located 65 miles west of Denver and 15 minutes west of Winter Park, participants will be pampered, indulged and enlightened with yoga, meditation, dining,… Continue reading
The United States Snowshoe Association is pleased to announce that Brooks-Range Mountaineering will be serving as the primary sponsor of the 2011 U.S. National Snowshoe Team. Team Brooks-Range is comprised of 16 of the finest winter endurance athletes the country has to offer:Junior Boys National TeamMitchell Kasyon of Colorado Springs, COBen Palladino of Paul Smiths, NYPaul Seliger of Marathon, W… Continue reading
Engineered for technical outdoor pursuits and even the coldest of snowshoeing adventures, Sherpa Adventure Gear’s combination of the Mantra Jacket, Himal Pant and Renzing Hat combines modern-day fabrics with Nepalese influence.
Cascade Designs announced that the company’s MSR Reactor Stove System has received a top five-star rating and award from Alpinist Magazine. Through extensive in-the-field testing, the stove system was recognized for its efficiency, performance, compactness and durability.The Alpinist Mountain Standards reviews provide unbiased, candid feedback and anecdotal commentary to equipment tested in the fi… Continue reading
Easton Mountain Products announced the addition of John Bercaw to the Easton team. As product manager, Bercaw will be an integral part of product development and will oversee snowshoe, tent and trekking pole product lines.Armed with a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology, Bercaw transitioned into the outdoor industry, working as head of research and development then line director at Black Diamond… Continue reading
There are few people that I’ve crossed paths with that truly inspire moments of respectful pause, followed by intense excitement for their life’s aspirations. Maria Icenogle is one of those people. At the age of 29, she will embark on a journey that will most likely mold and shape her life forever – a challenging hike via the Appalachian Trail.
Wearing the Oboz Firebrand II shoes – strapped in snowshoes or snowshoe-free – is like wearing a bulletproof vest for your feet. Or better yet, the Firebrands are like robotic moon shoes that are engineered for an all-terrain galactic jaunt. They resemble a pair of rock climbing shoes on some crazy steroids – enough to make even Barry Bonds wince. Although lightweight, the Firebrands are shockingly sturdy and rigid. Normally, this is not the best way to describe a comfortable shoe. But what the hell – I done did it.
Just a day before Earth Day and recognizing Colorado’s unique outdoor heritage, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a proclamation recognizing April 21, 2011 as Colorado Outdoor Stewardship Day during a ceremony at the Capitol. “We commend the Gov. Hickenlooper for his leadership in protecting our public lands and believe that his action can be a model for other states,” said Frank Hugelmeyer, president… Continue reading
Confined to an office cube? Working overtime? Constantly on call and online? Multitasking while trying to multitask? It’s time to reclaim playtime and escape to the outdoors for a much-needed break. KEEN Footwear officially proclaims “Recess is Back.”At a time when the world is moving further into the digital age, people are becoming more disconnected from the outdoors, and the nation is experienc… Continue reading
A must-have jacket for the spring is the Variant by Marmot. This crossbreeding of thermal insulation and Polartec PowerStretch fabric sets the Variant apart from its competition in the same hybrid category.
While visiting the 2011 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market trade show, I met with the good people at powerhouse company, 3M. As you may know, 3M owns several brands, including ScotchGard, Post-it, and many others. 3M also owns Thinsulate – the “secret ingredient” for insulating a number of products in today’s outdoor industry. My Thinsulate experience – aside from The North Face jacket hanging in my closet – ignited some hope for my existing footwear. The Thinsulate Thermal Insoles offered a footwear revival and supported the further use of some of my favorite pairs of shoes.
New for Spring 2011, Easton Mountain Products launched the ultimate backcountry trekking pole. Weighing a mere 1.1 lbs, the CTR-65 ion Backcountry Trekking Pole is an all-carbon construction with two-tier adjustability for the backcountry user looking for durability, versatility and weight-saving.The CTR-65 ion features an EVA grip with extended gripping area and adjustable strap to optimize comfo… Continue reading
TreadFest 2011: Benefiting the National Sports Center for the Disabled & The American Red Cross Mile High Chapter
The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) is excited to announce that the former Fat Tire Classic is now TreadFest 2011. Rather than spanning three days, TreadFest will now be condensed to a one-day event on Saturday, July 9th at Winter Park Resort in Colorado.With this change comes a more festival-type atmosphere with bigger and better “Tune-Up Tents” along the trails and A Grateful Trea… Continue reading
I’ve mentioned it before, and I’ll mention it again: Merino wool is all the rage nowadays. The difference with many companies is how the wool is handled before going into commercial production and the overall design of the gear. Icebreaker stands by its wool, which originates in the mountains of New Zealand. The company also stands by its designs. I believe the Icebreaker’s socks are designed and manufactured with snowshoers in mind: They wick-away moisture, protect with an additional layer, and are designed to support all foot types. They can also withstand a great amount of pressure and abuse during a long snowshoe race or backcountry outing.
Typical during the spring months, there is deep snow to contend with in some regions of the world. And this snow can sometimes be measured in feet, rather than inches. To venture out in the world – from the far reaches of the Antarctic to the driveways of American suburbia – a reliably warm boot that has “quick on and quick off” features is required. Suburban driveway shoveling and on-the-fly snowshoeing is my reality. Sitting in the coat closet near the door to my garage I have my KEEN Alaska boots prepared for service.
The Hydro Flask accomplishes what the traditional water bottle cannot – no harmful plastics, only environmental-friendly reusability. It’s a workhorse in my gear arsenal (and has been for several months). It keeps your drink hot for 12 hours. Or it keeps it cold for 24 hours. It doesn’t sweat. Its stainless steel, double-wall, vacuum-sealed structure is virtually impenetrable. It also has a lifetime warranty; it’s recyclable and is freeze-proof. And that’s just scratching the surface.
Mile High Mountaineering’s Colorado roots are infused with a passion for the outdoors and some entrepreneurial balls of steel (yes, the phrase “balls of steel” was used in place of boring words like gutsy or courageous).
Location: Cable, Wis. – Lakewoods Resort… Continue reading
Location: Cable, Wis. – Lakewoods Resort… Continue reading
Location: Cable, Wis. – Lakewoods Resort… Continue reading
Cascade Designs has donated mattresses, water reservoirs and dry storage bags to Operation USA, assisting to meet the basic needs of up to 4,000 citizens in the aftermath of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.Working with a well-established network of local partners—including Peace Winds Japan and Second Harvest—Operation USA is focusing its efforts on supporting communities that may be ov… Continue reading
The calendar may say that spring has sprung, but winter is still alive and well in Lake Tahoe as snowshoers, skiers and snowboarders are chest deep in powder thanks to winter storms that have delivered over 100 inches of snow over a four-day period. With season snowfall totals now over 50 feet, Lake Tahoe is enjoying its snowiest winter in the last quarter century and the best may still be yet to … Continue reading
Family-owned and operated snowshoe company, Yukon Charlie’s, today launched a fresh, new interactive website and social media hub in effort to build a year-round community of active outdoor enthusiasts – www.yukoncharlies.com.Yukon Charlie’s prides itself in making high-quality snowshoes at a reasonable price, which can be found at outdoor specialty and winter sports retail stores across the Unite… Continue reading
The Québécoise – also known as citizens of Québec City – embrace the snow. They embrace it out of necessity. Yet, that embrace doesn’t come at a loss of love for winter, but an appreciation. To accurately capture how the Québécoise live happily with long winters and a consistent deep snow pack, you must celebrate with them. From the ice sculptures that rest outside the doorways of quaint retail shops to the elaborate Carnaval de Québec, the winter season is a reluctant lover that sometimes outlasts its stay. But it’s a love affair that the Québec City townspeople choose to observe – using the sculpting of snow and ice as the Carnaval’s founding fascination. Within this fête is an appreciation for winter sports and the city’s rich history. Snowshoeing is no exception. Behind every snowshoer in Québec, you’ll find a passion and devotion for the city … and Canada.
Spring is a time for new beginnings and there is no better place to renew your body and spirit than in Sun Valley, Idaho this Memorial Day weekend, at the 14th annual Sun Valley Wellness Festival, known as one of the premier festivals of its kind in the US. The three day celebration, held at the famous Sun Valley Resort May 27-30, will focus on the theme of Bridging Science and Spirituality, and w… Continue reading
Recently, I was asked to compile a list of top snowshoeing locations around the world for the Glenfiddich Explorers website. This was a unique opportunity to place the sport of snowshoeing “front and center” on a premium brand’s online community. Sign me up! After some careful consideration – and working with some of the best snowshoeing guides – I was able to construct a list of snowshoeing locations that I believe represent some of planet Earth’s prime travel destinations.
Need some fresh air to clear your mind? How about a stroll through a garden to mellow out the stress of a busy day? Or maybe winter has packed on a few extra pounds and it’s time to hit the bike trails again. America’s 394 national parks offer many close-to-home opportunities for outdoor recreation. A growing number of doctors even write “Park Prescriptions” to get patients outside and active. The… Continue reading
If the lights go out in the forest, does anybody see? That question will be answered March 26 when Wuksachi Lodge “unplugs” from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. in honor of Earth Hour, the global campaign that raises awareness for climate change and the need for energy conservation.Wuksachi Lodge will kick off its Earth Hour celebration at 8 p.m. with the first of two presentations led by the Sequoia Field Insti… Continue reading
Telemark Partners announced that the world famous Telemark Resort, in Cable Wisconsin, will remain open. Telemark’s rebirth as a destination resort for outdoor enthusiasts will be managed by Telemark Partners, LLC. Ric Ahern and Steve Kaufman, the principals at Telemark Partners, reported that “putting this deal together has been a marathon, much like the world famous American Birkebeiner cross-co… Continue reading
A suite at the Devil’s Thumb Ranch Lodge: Check.
Two tickets to the Grand Huts Association Progressive Dinner: Check.
Two pairs of snowshoes: Check.
My wife: Check.
A sense of adventure: Check.
A full moon, deep snow, no wind, good conversation with fellow attendees….
Standing on the top of Desert Mountain – with snowshoes strapped to my feet – I felt a chill overwhelm my senses. It wasn’t the subzero temperatures that triggered a watery-eyed reaction; it was a reacquaintance with the Montana I left a year ago.
The love affair continues.
Competitors Converge on Cable, Wis. for the 2011 Dion Snowshoes U.S. National Snowshoe Championships
As the winter season comes to a close, Cable opens it arms to the Dion Snowshoes U.S. National Snowshoe Championships – taking place March 11-13. With hundreds of racers from more than 30 states, the Cable community continues its long tradition of hosting world class competition. Racers and spectators alike will be treated to a spectacular venue for the 5 races at the Lakewoods Resort, all surroun… Continue reading
The U.S. Forest Service reduced the risk of wildfire to communities and natural resources on nearly 3 million acres of National Forest System lands across the country in 2010, according to Congressional testimony today by U.S. Forest Chief Tom Tidwell.The agency exceeded its 2010 goal to reduce wildfire risk on 2.3 million acres by completing work on more than 2.94 million acres, approximately the… Continue reading
The Army Warrior Transition Command (WTC) released a 60-second public service announcement (PSA) on adaptive sports. This PSA showcases the resilient spirit, competitive nature and physical abilities of wounded warriors through adaptive sports.“The wounded soldiers I’ve met are not discouraged by their injuries,” said Brig. Gen. Darryl Williams, Commander of the Warrior Transition Command. “Instea… Continue reading
(Watch for Snowshoe Magazine’s coverage of this event later next week!)The Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series will wrap for 2011 season this Sunday, March 6 with the annual Jeremy Wright North American Snowshoe Championships. Celebrating the life and achievements of longtime snowshoer and Vail athlete Jeremy Wright, this event will happen in Beaver Creek’s beautiful McCoy Park beginning prompt… Continue reading
This summit looks over Glacier National Park and Apgar Lookout. In the distance you can see the burn area from the fire of 2003. Please excuse my labored breathing.… Continue reading
The Outdoors Alliance for Kids commends President Barack Obama for highlighting the importance of reconnecting children, youth and families with nature in the America’s Great Outdoors report released today.More than 100,000 Americans provided input into this report, both online and in person at more than 50 general and youth listening sessions across the country last summer and fall. Their collect… Continue reading
Winter Warriors from New Mexico, Flagstaff, and Boulder gathered upon a fast and firm new world-class snowshoe course at the Durango Nordic Center beneath a flawless blue sky and a race time temperature in the low forties.Awards and nearly $600 in raffle prizes were enjoyed by the participants after what was universally agreed upon by the racers as a “very difficult, yet very beautiful” course. Ac… Continue reading
Columbia’s Heat Elite Jacket and Mountain Guard Hat are great examples of the company’s Omni-Heat technology at work. The Heat Elite’s combination of thermal insulation and reflective features provide the ultimate warmth in cold weather conditions. It’s most redeeming quality comes from the powers of Omni-Heat – retaining heat and keeping it around the body. The Mountain Guard does the same, keeping heat around the head. The Heat Elite and Mountain Guard Hat pairing perform as advertised: retaining heat around the most important areas. While snowshoers have no problem conducting heat, it’s the retaining heat part that becomes the most vital element to a long day outdoors.
Love Me Tender Snowshoe Adventure and the Colorado High School Snowshoe State Championships | Thank you to Jean Lewis of Boulder, Colo., for this video.… Continue reading
If you enjoy the outdoors and travel often, get your hands on a pair of KEEN Anchorage boots. In a “high-security world,” having a pair of boots that easily slip on and off at the airport is a requirement. In my experience, I was able to wear the KEEN Anchorage boots on a plane to Quebec City and then use them the next day during a quick snowshoe hike. My plans were to use the boots only on plane flights and casual dress situations – and they are perfect for that – but they performed flawlessly in snowshoes. The boots did more than I expected, including keeping my feet dry and warm while steeped in pristine Canadian snow.
On Feb. 19, a unique team of Olympian and Paralympian athletes will take part in the Seventh Pentathlon des neiges La Vie Sportive in Québec City. Held from Jan. 29 to Feb. 27 on the Plains of Abraham (venue of the Québec Winter Carnival) Le Pentathlon des neiges is Canada’s most important outdoor winter event. It will attract 2,800 amateur and elite athletes.“Along with some of the best Olympians… Continue reading
The day was amazing as we headed to Stake Lake at 7am the sky was mixed with orange, pink and purple what an amazing sunrise this was going to the start of a great day. Some great volunteers showed up around 9:30am, eager to help out wherever possible. Hanging banners, setting up race check in and food tables. The team made quick time and everything was set up quickly. Mike was a great help taking… Continue reading
Mt. Washington has received a huge amount of snow this season and is currently boasting one of the biggest snow packs in North America tipping the scales at 460+cm base. But it has been some time since they have received fresh snow so conditions were a bit of a mixed bag, soft, hard and everything in between. This makes for an interesting race as you might not want to be leading the pack but that … Continue reading
Explore the Nordic trails in British Columbia and win a prize in BC Nordic’s “Nuts for Nordic” photo contest. It’s simple: hit the trails, click, upload and vote for your favorite photos.Running all winter season until March 31st, the online “Nuts for Nordic” photo contest gives outdoor enthusiasts a chance to win “The Ultimate Nordic Winter Getaway in BC” prize package. This year’s “Best Photo” p… Continue reading
During my travels to Quebec City, I had the opportunity to attend the Quebec Winter Carnaval. This included participating in several activities, such as snowshoeing and dog sledding, but also an inordinate amount of touring and sightseeing. But for an adrenaline fix at the Carnaval, many spectators flocked to the city’s harbor to watch the CMQ Canoe Race.
The Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series continued Sunday afternoon with the second event of the series, which took place in Beaver Creek’s Creekside Park. Josiah Middaugh claimed his second first-place finish in the series Sunday in the men’s Dogma Athletica 10K, with Anita Ortiz winning the women’s division of the Dogma Athletica 10K. Travis Macy and Lindsay Krause, who both placed first in th… Continue reading
This is the St. Lawrence River in Quebec City, Canada. The tide is receding, which explains why the ice is moving in the opposite direction. Excuse the wind noise. In the background, you can hear tour guide Guy Dumas discuss … Continue reading
During my recent travels to Quebec City, Canada, I had the unique opportunity to tour the GV Snowshoes manufacturing facilities – based in the Huron community of Wendake, near the St. Charles River. While on my tour, I was able to meet with GV Snowshoes President, Stephen Vincent, and Technical Representative, Alex Maher.
As a Snowshoe Magazine exclusive, Mr. Vincent wanted me to see the new GV Mountain Extreme 825 and Mountain Extreme 830 snowshoes.
The second event of the Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series will happen this Sunday, Feb. 6 in Beaver Creek’s Creekside Park. Located directly below Beaver Creek Village at an elevation of 7,400 feet, Creekside Park provides a scenic backdrop for the second race in the three-event series. Sunday’s event will commence promptly at 11 a.m.The Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series is the largest s… Continue reading
The Crested Butte Nordic Council’s annual Progressive Bonfire Dinner is a unique culinary journey that takes participants along a luminary-lit 4K trail for a four-star, four-course, four-fire meal. Snowshoes and Nordic skis are the mode of transportation, and the camaraderie of sitting around crackling fires and dining on good food and warm drinks along the way makes this event on March 19 one tru… Continue reading
Montrail announced its 2011 trail running team. Comprised of top trail and ultra runners from around North America, the 2011 edition of Team Montrail will have the difficult task of improving upon its successes in 2010. “At Montrail, we look to align the brand with athletes who are pushing the limits, achieving success and helping to shape the future of trail and ultrarunning,” said Montrail Athle… Continue reading
The ninth annual Tubbs Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer at Stratton Mountain raised over $80,000 for the VT/NH Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, nearly doubling the amount raised the previous year.Snowshoers emerged in all shapes and sizes, some even on four legs. The wooded trails were a sea of pink and smiles with a record setting 873 participants – young and old, first timers and veterans, from near … Continue reading
SCARPA is a rare company. It has a history that most boot manufacturers don’t have: It originated in northern Italy, it’s family-owned, and focuses purely on crafting the best boots for mountaineering. I’d have to agree. I have a personal history that reflects SCARPA’s quality and reputation. My father bought me a pair of SCARPAs – as my first pair of hiking boots – back in the late 80s. They were a simple leather boot with a sturdy sole and offered padded ankle support. I remember waterproofing the boots with beeswax and worked hard to break-in the boots before a long hike. SCARPA has come a long way in the construction of its boots.
Orienteering USA, in conjunction with Axis Gear, Johnson Outdoors and Scarborough Orienteering, recently announced the inaugural Orienteering USA Competitive Awards. These awards recognize competitive excellence in American orienteering for 2010. Orienteering is a sport in wilderness navigation where an individual uses a map and compass to complete a course in the shortest time.“We applaud these m… Continue reading
New events, new categories and new sponsors are the reasons that the 2011 U.S. National Toboggan Championships, being held the weekend of February 11, 2011, will be better than ever.For the past 20 years, the Toboggan Championships has drawn participants from all over the country. This year, riders will have the opportunity to compete in the new Experimental category featuring custom-designed and … Continue reading
Snow fell in every U.S. state but Florida this month. Brrr. Fear not citizens! PowerSox by GoldToe athlete Dave Hahn, the professional mountain guide famous for summiting Mount Everest 12 times to date, offers us his top tips for beating the cold. Hahn writes, “I’m often asked whether I like being cold, since I spend so much time in snow. Not particularly, would be my honest answer. But I do like … Continue reading
Winter extreme sports like snowboarding, freestyle skiing and snow-kiting are becoming popular among Baby Boomers bored with the treadmill, but they’re also taking their lumps in order to participate. The Winter X Games, kicking off its 15th annual festivities next week in Aspen, Colo., have helped push the popularity – as well as the bruises.Roughly 28 percent more Boomers report extreme-sports r… Continue reading
“Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery” certainly rings true in the case of the enormously successful Teva Mountain Games in Vail as the Vail Valley Foundation announced plans for a new Winter Teva Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer event to be held Feb. 9-12, 2012. The announcement was made at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City.
The Columbia Peak 2 Peak Jacket has power to pack against the likes of GORE-TEX and other company’s proprietary water/windproofing and breathable materials. According to Columbia, the almighty GORE-TEX material isn’t entirely air permeable. Columbia’s Omni-Dry technology – as the Peak 2 Peak’s foundation – is more air permeable than GORE (and 75 percent lighter). Unlike most hardshell jackets on the market, the Peak jacket touts an ultra breathable membrane. It didn’t come with a softshell jacket and a powder skirt dually zipped within its total structure, similar to a 3-in-1 product. Nope. It was just the lonesome hardshell … a lightweight gear phenomenon just waiting for a hardcore snowshoeing test. But is that enough?
I’m convinced that the Mammut brand exists solely in the high altitude extremes, the most remotely explored locations, the arctic corners of the Earth, and among the elite adventurers of the world’s cragged peaks. It would be difficult to find the distinguished Mammut logo roaming the Mall of America or waiting for a burger in a lonely booth at a Burger King. The Switzerland-based Mammut doesn’t haunt the stifled realms of living room entertainment centers; it can be found clinging to an ice-covered rocky outcropping on its way to a record-breaking ascent of Denali. I wore the Mammut brand proudly during my numerous snowshoeing adventures in Colorado – using the Pizol Jacket, Sturdy Pants, Rapid Beanie, and Shelter Ultimate Gloves as my weapons of choice. This heavenly gear combo is fraught with a divine goal: Go farther on the snow.
Hi-Tec Sports, a leading outdoor footwear and apparel brand, today announced it is petitioning the International Olympic Committee to have “Liquid Mountaineering” officially recognized as an Olympic sport and considered for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.In 2010, Hi-Tec brought to the world’s attention the thrilling new sport of Liquid Mountaineering. The sport achieves what man has tri… Continue reading
The Yeti XC formally known as (The Yeti Snowshoe Series) is celebrating its 10th year anniversary as the premier snowshoe racing series in North America by introducing Nordic Skiing to the line up. The countdown is on for Saturday Jan. 29, 2011 as winter sports enthusiasts will be able to take part in the first multi sport winter race of the season on Mount Washington.The “Winter Duathlon” will be… Continue reading
This is a shot of some of the Winter Trails Day participants. Participating in the event was Atlas Snow-Shoe Co., REI, Tubbs Snowshoes, MSR, Crescent Moon Snowshoes, and the Alpine Rescue Team (providing guided tours).… Continue reading
The String Cheese Incident announces today that in 2011 they will be bringing back the always highly anticipated Winter Carnival. Set for Thursday, March 10, Friday, March 11, and Saturday, March 12 at the amazing 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, CO, the three-night run continues the long standing tradition of bringing SCI fans and diverse musical guests to Colorado for a snowy celebration. Joining S… Continue reading
Winter Trails Day offers children and adults new to snow sports the chance to try snowshoeing and cross country skiing for free, and to discover the great fitness and social benefits with these easy-to-learn winter sports.Winter Trails Day involves almost 100 resorts and Nordic Centers nationwide, and gets 11,000 kids and adults on the snow each year.Following is a list of the Anchor site location… Continue reading
My snowshoeing friends now have Bugathermo envy. Why? Because I’m touting a pair of Columbia’s Bugathermo Techlite Boots on the snowshoe trails. What’s the big deal? Simply, these boots are battery-operated, which power an internal heating system with three different settings. A gimmick? Not from my experience. The Bugathermo boots pinpoint the problem that most snowshoers battle with in the winter elements: cold feet. With batteries and all, the problem is solved.
Icebreaker makes wearing Merino Wool sexy. No, really. When I wear Icebreaker’s line of GT200 Sprint Crewe and Legging, I feel slimmer and ready for sexy snowshoeing. Icebreaker has created a line of active clothing and base layers that perform beyond the everyday options. And it’s all made with Merino Wool fabric from New Zealand. This performance fabric combines the benefits of synthetics (lightweight and quick drying) and the natural benefits of Merino (warm, breathable, odor resistant, and biodegradable).
It’s time to discuss the benefits of using snowshoes for backcountry skiing and snowboarding. Quite simply, snowshoes can help you get there. However, additional gear is necessary: an Osprey Kode 30 Backpack. The Kode 30 is what a winter backcountry explorer requires to lug the ski/snowboard equipment up the mountain and holster the snowshoes for the descent.
If variety is the spice of life, then GU Energy products are spicy and full of life. I have indulged in GU’s variety of Chomps Performance Energy Chews, Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Gels, Energy Gels, GU Electrolyte Brews, and GU Recovery Brews. They have taken my snowshoeing to the next level.
Merino wool is all the rage nowadays. Salomon socks certainly offer what outdoor enthusiasts have come to expect from Merino wool (combined with Nylon, Acrylic, NanoGLIDE and Lycra). Following this recipe, Salomon created the Fastpacker Light Merino Crew Socks. Engineered for lightweight hiking and backpacking, the Fastpacker socks provide the durability and warmth that snowshoers require in combination with a reliable winter/waterproof boot or shoe.
The majority of snowshoers in the world aren’t taking overnight trips into the backcountry. But it’s always nice to have a cold-weather sleeping bag on hand for the right situation – especially on a hut-to-hut trip. High Peak’s Mt. Rainier Sleeping Bag offers a waterproof, windproof solution for the snowshoer requiring a minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit rating.
SnowSports Industries America (SIA) is proud to announce a complete remake, remodel and improvement of the SIA consumer website Snowlink.com. It’s chock full of information for anyone getting started in snow sports or longtime enthusiasts looking to improve their game with tips from the pros, articles on the latest gear, style trends, snow sports product image gallery (coming soon) and links to th… Continue reading
The Wuksachi Lodge, nestled in the center of Sequoia National Park, is the ideal place to enjoy winter snow without the typical ski resort congestion.With the Sierra’s first major snowfall of the season expected this weekend, the Wuksachi Lodge is ready to provide fun for adventurers of all ages while showcasing all the best aspects of winter in California.Wuksachi’s winter adventure package is pe… Continue reading
Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to come to Estes Park, Colo. and check out the 16th annual Winter Trails Day on Jan. 15. Attracting approximately 11,000 participants nationwide and nearly 1,000 visitors annually to Estes Park, Winter Trails Day participants will have the opportunity to learn all there is know about snowshoeing. Sponsored by REI and the national Winter Trails organization, the even… Continue reading
Highline Sports Entertainment announced a partnership with Edwards, Colo.-based Dogma Athletica training center that will make the Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series the richest snowshoe series in the world. Dogma Athletica will sponsor the Dogma Athletica Snowshoe Series Cup, which will offer participants the chance to vie for a cash purse of more than $15,000, the largest cash purse availab… Continue reading
A significant winter storm swept through the state this past weekend leaving fresh powder at every Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resort. In the southwest Colorado the snow piled up as Wolf Creek received 27 inches, Crested Butte and Silverton 26 inches and Monarch 22 inches.Snowfall totals were in the double digits for many other resorts nestled around the state. Both Arapahoe Basin and… Continue reading
Gregory Mountain Products has been around since 1977, officially founded by Wayne Gregory. The company has made some great backpacks over the decades. My first backpack was a Gregory Ritter model. This great internal frame pack was purchased about 17 years ago at a local outfitter in Denver (can’t recall the name of the retailer). I still have this pack today…and still use it on the trails. Even after 17 years of hiking and snowshoeing, the Ritter has held up nicely. Hanging in my basement, next to my Ritter, is the hydration-friendly Miwok pack: A slice of legacy living next to my snowshoeing future. Nevertheless, I fully expect to have both packs 17 years from today.
Reviewing snowshoeing pants hasn’t been a target product for Snowshoe Magazine. There is no explanation. However, with a new season, there will be new gear to test. For this round, I had the chance to review a powerful softshell set by GoLite: Wind River Pants and Jacket. Softshells are the gold standard for most snowshoers. They offer the benefits of layering through the control of breathability, water resistance and advanced range of motion. The Wind River Pants and Jacket are recommended items for snowshoers, for several reasons.
Lake Tahoe Blanketed by Two Feet of Fresh Snow; Potent Storms Expected to Drop Additional Ten Feet by Christmas
Wave after wave of powerful winter storms, each delivering several feet of fresh snow, have enabled Western ski resorts to enjoy one of the strongest starts to a winter season in recent memory. Lake Tahoe resorts continue to lead the pack thanks to another powerful winter storm that dumped more than two feet of fresh snow at higher elevations. This latest storm system was fresh on the heels of the… Continue reading
Skinny skis and snowshoes are set to hit the tracks and trails as the Nordic season kicks off in British Columbia. BC Nordic has put together some great event picks, from dogsled races to annual loppets, this season’s event calendar is chalk full of activities for the entire family. Plan ahead and check out these and other events at www.bcnordic.com throughout the winter season.Dec.17-19, 2010 – H… Continue reading
Snowshoeing and other winter sports invite millions of people every year into the snow-covered backcountry. But a trip on the trail during cold, extreme conditions can come to an end quickly. For example, prolonged inhalation of cold air can cause damage to the lungs and a person’s general health. It can be painful in the immediate and lung-scarring in the long term. To help combat this phenomenon – and to relieve a person’s noggin from the discomforts of the cold – Talus Outdoor Technologies has developed the ColdAvenger Expedition Balaclava. The Balaclava has received a permanent place in my “ready at all times” snowshoeing backpack. Indeed, I never leave home without it.
Highline Sports Entertainment announced its schedule for the 2011 Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series, the largest annual snowshoe series of its kind in North America. Dates for the 2011 series include: Sunday, Jan. 9, Sunday, Feb. 6 and Sunday, March 6 as the annual Jeremy Wright North American Snowshoe Championships.“The Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series attracts a wide variety of abili… Continue reading
Perfect for snowshoeing, skiing and just about every winter sport. The ColdAvenger Expedition Balaclava protects the entire head from cold weather, sun and wind. It includes an integrated fully removable ColdAvenger ventilator, which is perfect for people with cold weather-induced … Continue reading
Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort’s Cross-Country, Telemark and Snowshoe Center Steps up Events and Overall Nordic Offering
This season, Northstar Resort’s Cross-Country, Telemark Snowshoe Center is introducing new events, continuing those that have become tradition, offering all new Rossignol equipment rentals and showcasing some recent improvements to its biathlon range – the only permanent biathlon range on the West Coast.Featured EventsSnowshoe Social and Running Race Series – December 18, January 23 February 12T… Continue reading
Winter’s first major snowstorm has blanketed Vermont’s slopes with more snow than expected with upwards of two feet in the Green Mountains and more snowfall continuing throughout the week. Coupled with epic snowmaking and grooming conditions, winter’s strong start will see more ski areas opening for the weekend with trail counts on the rise throughout the state. “This surprise snowstorm has really… Continue reading
Virginia is giving families even more to love about winter getaways with new offerings at the state’s four mountain resorts. Bryce Resort, the Homestead Resort, Massanutten Resort and Wintergreen Resort are tucked away in beautiful mountaintop landscapes of Virginia. Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating and even snowmobiling abound in Virginia’s winter playgrounds. This year each of Virg… Continue reading
Grab your toboggan and head for the coast of Maine, where the mountains meet the sea. Registration is now open for the 2011 U.S. National Toboggan Championships, which has drawn participants from all over the country for the past 20 years. In February 2011, 425 teams of costumed “athletes” will fly down the wooden chute onto the frozen Hosmer Pond competing for the coveted top honor.What: U.S. Nat… Continue reading
If you are familiar with the Thule brand, it’s most likely from the many vehicles that don bike, ski and snowboard racks (and carriers) made by the Swedish company. If you’ll notice, these racks are often overloaded with stickers to illustrate the owner’s brand loyalty (or their political approach to life). Surprisingly, Thule is more than just sports equipment racks for the adventurer on the road. They also have an extensive lineup of luggage and travel bags – ideal for snowshoers.
Designed as a workhorse bag, the Brooks-Range Mountaineering Duffel Bag can carry just about anything in a snowshoer’s gear arsenal. The bag is designed to not only be waterproof but also extremely durable. After packing multiple pairs of snowshoes in the bag (all with sharp crampon/cleats exposed) and my Kahtoola Microspikes, the material showed no signs of abrasion.
I always find that socks are a “hit or miss” for an avid snowshoer. Usually, my toes are the extremities to get cold first while snowshoeing. But this phenomenon is common among us snowshoers. Our feet are important! With Darn Tough boot socks, the difference is the high density Merino wool and cushioning that offer more than the average pair of socks for snowshoeing. Long-lasting warmth helped keep me on the trail.
Colorado Ski resorts are preparing to help guests ring in the holidays with promotions and events designed to give travelers more options and cheaper deals when visiting the slopes this ski season. From visits with Santa to great deals on ski packages, travelers are sure to find merriment that will suit them. Below is a snapshot of upcoming holiday activities and deals being offered at some Colora… Continue reading
While snowshoeing with a backpack, it’s generally a good idea to have a few safety items that are easily hooked onto a zipper or strap loop. I now have three: a compass, a whistle (from Whistles for Life) and a Swedish FireSteel. The keychain-like FireSteel is a unique fire starter that can be used in any weather, at any altitude, and used by survival experts and campers alike. Using the FireSteel – as opposed to strike-anywhere matches – to start a fire feels more primal and elemental. It’s a fire that will be more appreciated.
Using a clean water bottle during a snowshoe outing is important – especially if you hate using hydration systems. And what better way to make that a reality by carrying the Clean Bottle. The Clean Bottle concept is simple: A patent-pending screw-off, leak-proof bottom that helps with the cleaning process.
Whooga is widely recognized as the world’s fastest growing boutique brand of Ugg Boots. We stand proud as an alternative brand for chilli toes seeking something a little warmer than normal. We achieve this legendary warmth and comfort with Thermofleece which offers a number of benefits over traditional Ugg Boots. Whooga is an internationally trademarked brandThe fastest growing winter footwear bra… Continue reading
Marketing Coordinator Rich Packer joins Easton Mountain Products as they respond to growing market demand on the heels of their 2011 product line release. Packer, a native to the mountains, deserts and rivers of Utah, brings years of experience and marketing for the outdoor and action sports industries. “The market response to Easton delivering our innovative product advancements through our own l… Continue reading
Work off turkey dinner and start the Nordic season off right with fun, informative cross-country ski clinics and activities at the Crested Butte Nordic Council’s annual Thanksgiving Training Camp on Nov. 26 – 27. Skate and classic Nordic skiing and racing clinics for various levels will be offered by professional instructors, including three-time Olympian Ingrid Butts, Masters Nordic World Champio… Continue reading
For sustainable winter fun that’s easy on the pocket book and the environment, head to Devil’s Thumb Ranch 65 miles west of Denver and 15 minutes west of Winter Park Ski Resort and come recreate on 100km of groomed and tracked cross country ski and snowshoe trails. For some added fun and recreation, join in on one of the Ranch’s upcoming events that range from a season kick-off Tommelfest party to… Continue reading
I was lucky enough to snag the Under Armour Janan Trail Running Shoe in orange and gray – the patriotic colors of Snowshoe Magazine. They are durable and foot-conforming as they are flashy and fashionable.
Wind resistant and 3M ultra-high luminescent reflectents go together to offer runners water repelling nylon shells from Mountain Hardwear: the Geist Vest and Jacket.
Fifty-two national parks and thousands of Let’s Move Outside Junior Rangers are heading into autumn determined to keep families moving. The National Park Service and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition are teaming up to encourage American families to add outdoor activity to their days. While kids earn their Let’s Move Outside Junior Ranger designation, every member of the fami… Continue reading
I’m not much of a runner (more of a snowshoer, I guess). I choose running as my prime workout regimen during the summer, but I don’t possess a certain finesse or flare that most runners have acquired over time. Despite my flawed attempts at running with any dignity – I’m somewhat clumsy – I registered to participate in the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Golden Gallop on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Choosing between a 5K and a 10K, I selected the latter – feeling as though I needed to brutalize myself. As it would turn out, it became an opportunity to test some Wilderness Athlete products: an Energy & Focus drink mix to start the day, a Performance Bar before the race, an Energy Gel during the race, and a Hydrate & Recover drink mix after the race. The combination of all four Wilderness Athlete products proved to be exactly what I needed to get through 6.2 miles of tromping around Golden, Colo.
2010/2011 Dion Snowshoes United States National Snowshoe Championship Series: Calendar of Regional Qualifying Events
The United States Snowshoe Association (USSSA) has released its 2010/2011 calendar of regional qualifying events.
Colorado’s music community comes together for “Fourmile Canyon Revival,” a remarkable night of music to raise funds for individuals and families directly affected by the devastating Fourmile Fire near Boulder. Presented by KBCO, the benefit concert will take place on Saturday, October 9th at 1st Bank Center in Bromfield, Colorado. It will feature Colorado’s own The String Cheese Incident, Big Head… Continue reading
I had the opportunity to test the Under Armour Focus 1/4 Zip in extreme conditions within a four-hour time frame. This included conditions ranging from windy to bitter cold in high elevations. The Focus was my choice for a recent hike to the summit of Mt. Evans in Colorado. It was easy to pack and lightweight enough to do some mild rock/boulder scrambling on the way to the top.
Among my arsenal of backpacks, the High Peak Adrenaline definitely has the largest capacity – approximately 6,000 cubic inches. This is a pack worthy of European touring. It’s got everything a traveling outdoorsperson needs: durability, comfort and flexibility.
At today’s World Mountain Running Championships in Kamnik, Slovenia, the U.S. Men tallied 71 points to take the silver medal with their best team finish to date.The U.S. has sent a men’s team to the mountain running championships (until 2009 known as the World Mountain Running Trophy) since 1990. In the past three uphill years (the course alternates between uphill terrain in even-numbered years an… Continue reading
A family that hikes together has more fun than families that stay at home. This is proven. The Mountain Hardwear Fluid 26 backpack is what coaxed me and the “fam” out into the backcountry of Colorado this summer. I used the Fluid 26 as a lightweight daypack combined with a hydration bladder – worked beautifully. Even with a full three-liter bladder placed in an easy-to-access pocket, there was still room for the essentials: sunscreen, first-aid kit, binoculars, energy bars, emergency gear, and a few other items. Even better, I let my wife carry the pack: From her reports, it’s a great fit for the ladies. It’s comfortable, lightweight and has straps that aren’t overbearing.
With a name like “Mountain Masochist” you’d expect a certain amount of submission…no restraint on the trail. And that’s what you get. The Masochist is the ultimate trail running shoe for the summer months: Its breathable hydrophobic mesh upper keeps your feet cool. Its low-ankle design and snug-fitting support helped when pushing through sharp, rugged corners on the trails. The Gryptonite outersole was durable enough to take the extreme conditions of rocky backcountry trail running. Of course, I think Gryptonite is an awesome name – hence the reason I used it in the first paragraph and will throughout the remainder of this article.
When I think of Cortez, Colo., I now think of Osprey Packs. Based in the small town, the company is near some of the state’s purest backcountry destinations. Osprey is a well-known brand and manufacturer of backpacks. Stay alert and you’ll notice fellow trailgoers sporting Osprey gear, uniquely stamped with the trademark red and gray logo. I’m new to the Osprey brand – despite it being around since the 70s. (“You’ll have to excuse my friend. He’s a little slow. The town is back that way.”) After a day with the Osprey Mutant 38, I was no longer “Dumb and Dumber” … no longer a virgin to the Osprey brand. The Mutant 38 “wined and dined” me proper.
The String Cheese Incident announces a brand new live archival series with Rhythm of the Road: Volume 1, Incident in Atlanta – 11.17.00. Available 11.09.10 in celebration of the historic show’s ten year anniversary, this will be the first offering in SCI’s new series “Rhythm of the Road” which will be highlighting many of the band’s most celebrated concerts with remastered limited edition releases… Continue reading
Sponsorship elevates role of whole grains diet in endurance sportsIn a sport that requires endurance, athleticism, speed, strength and bike handling skills, a vegan might appear to be at a disadvantage. That’s most certainly not the case with vegan cyclist Maureen Bruno Roy, the overall winner of the 2009 USA Cycling Cyclocross Calendar, who has added whole grains leader Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foo… Continue reading
“Let’s Move Outside, Junior Rangers!” is First Lady Michelle Obama’s call to kids across the country. Today, 16 national parks – for a total of 36 nationwide – launch Let’s Move Outside Junior Ranger. National Park Junior Rangers will not only have fun and get exercise but also receive an extra reward for working up a sweat. So far this summer, thousands of kids have earned the title while discove… Continue reading
For American parents who want their kids to be fit, focused and feeling good, the first step is out the front or back door. National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has issued a health report, Whole Child: Developing Mind, Body and Spirit through Outdoor Play, which is based on the current trend toward a holistic approach to health. The report reveals how American childhood’s move inside over the last 2… Continue reading
Summer welcomes warmer temperatures and the opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy some heart-healthy activities. It’s a great time to take advantage of the season with hiking, walking, or outdoor sports— not only are these activities fun, but they can help reduce the risk for circulation disorders. Now is the time to commit to exercise and a heart-healthy lifestyle, before you become another casua… Continue reading
Bringing consumer electronics on the trail is always a tough decision. There are so many to choose from: GPS devices, MP3 players, cell phones, avalanche beacons, VCRs, and others. Survival and entertainment are the two contributing reasons to lugging all that hardware around the backcountry. Powering that junk is an entirely different issue, especially when packing additional batteries. Batteries suck. They’re heavy and not exactly a “green” product – no matter how long they last. Disposing of “dry” batteries is a nightmare. Remember, leave no trace – what you pack in, pack it out. Replace the dependence on the Energizer Bunny with a solar-powered charger. In this case, use the Powermonkey eXplorer to rule your outdoor electronics. Go solar on the trail! Stellar!
I was able to fully appreciate the Mountain Hardwear Micro Grid Fleece Jacket during an outdoor Independence Day celebration in Denver: Thunder and hail storms moved into the area and the temperature dropped quickly. I threw on the Micro Grid like a Batman uniform – sleek, stylish and ready to fight crime. This was an urban test of its capabilities, but it fundamentally proved that the Micro Grid is indeed a 365-day, year-round jacket. An alpine trail running assessment would come next. For snowshoeing, it would have to wait.
Polarized sunglasses make me think of the products marketed on popular infomercials throughout the years – Blue Blockers and HD Vision. Would I suggest using those for trail running and snowshoeing? Absolutely not! When out in the elements, protecting the eyes is highly important – essential is more like it. In my opinion, it’s best to spend some coin on a pair of shades that will offer true polarized protection. Don’t fall for some crappy product with the moniker, “as seen on TV.” I have adopted the Under Armour’s Impulse Polarized Blue Mirror sunglasses as part of my everyday gear on the go and what I take when I’m on the trails. They sit close to the face and comfortably contour the curves of my oversized skull.
I’m new to Merrell. So far, I’ve been impressed. I was introduced to the brand during a trail running event called the Merrell Oyster Off Road Adventure Race in Glenwood Springs, Colo. Being the title sponsor, Merrell allowed me to test three different items: the CTR Cruise trail running shoes, Tenon baselayer and Brookvale shell. This trail running trio was an excellent combination of rugged support and off-road excellence. Merrell’s recipe of style and performance translate into optimal three-season gear. I’m not entirely sure they’ll be optimized for snowshoeing, but that won’t hold me back from trying (later, of course).
Montrail Athlete, Geoff Roes, won the 2010 Western States Endurance Run (WS100) this past weekend finishing the 100.2 mile course in 15 hours, 7 minutes, and 4 seconds, 29 minutes faster than the previous record set by Scott Jurek in 2004. Geoff, a first time racer at Western States, topped the podium after nothing less than an all-out battle between four of ultrarunning’s top competitors: Geoff R… Continue reading
Montrail, a manufacturer of high performance trail running and recovery footwear, is honored to present the 2010 Western States Endurance Run (WS100) taking place on Saturday June 26th. The 100 mile course will go from Squaw Valley to Auburn, California and serve as the grand finale to the 2009/2010 Montrail Ultra Cup season.
This year, the field is deeper than ever on the both the men’s an… Continue reading
Drift Innovation Launches World’s First HD Wearable Action Camera with Integrated LCD Screen and Wireless Remote
Drift Innovation, manufacturer of the standard definition X170 wearable action sports camera, has built the world’s first HD wearable video camera with an integrated LCD screen and wireless remote. Drift is excited to bring video aficionados, action sports enthusiasts and tech-hounds what they have been waiting for with the new Drift HD170.
The easy to use Drift HD170 goes head-to-head with oth… Continue reading
Special Report from The Outdoor Foundation and Montrail Illustrates the Reach of Trail Running in the US
As Americans strive to incorporate daily exercise into their schedule, trail running provides a uniquely rewarding outdoor experience that gives participants an opportunity to escape the urban and suburban environments as well as stay fit. This information is found in the Special Report on Trail Running 2010 released by The Outdoor Foundation, in partnership with Montrail. This the first time a sp… Continue reading
Biking, walking, knitting, gardening- all are hobbies that can be enjoyed by anyone. But when people encounter difficult situations, they can transform these simple pastimes into long-term pursuits that give them a reason to keep going.
For cyclist John Funke, motivation was exactly what he needed when a cancer diagnosis threatened to end his life. “A year ago, I was in bad shape,” he recalls,… Continue reading
In February 2009, Eileen Wysocki attempted what seemed like the impossible: Setting the record for the most vertical feet snowshoed in a 24-hour period. There wasn’t a previous record in the books, but Eileen set the bar high…really high.
Eileen participated in the 24 Hours of Sunlight race at the Sunlight Mountain Resort in Colorado. She set the record at 47.6 miles snowshoed and approximately 25,534 feet in a 24-hour period. Eileen also celebrated her inclusion as a Guinness World Records holder – and the certificate to prove it. In addition, May 29 is now known as “Eileen Wysocki Day” in the town of New Castle, Colo.
As usual, no matter the season, a visit to Glenwood Springs, Colo. doesn’t disappoint. The town had the privilege of hosting the first Merrell Oyster Off Road Adventure Race – as part of the Oyster Racing Series – on May 22, 2010. The one-of-a-kind event challenged teams of two to four people in a combined mountain biking and trail running extravaganza (and a few surprises mixed in).
Outdoor Research, manufacturer of functional solutions for human powered adventure, is documenting in real time an ultimate human powered adventure: Chad Kellogg’s speed attempt of the 29,029-foot Mt. Everest without oxygen. Kellogg is planning to begin his summit attempt at 4:30 am Nepal Time (UTC+5:45) on Saturday, May 22.
Outdoor Research has sponsored the 38-year-old American climber on thi… Continue reading
With summer just around the corner, the time for hiking, canoeing, boating and exploring is finally upon us! Luckily National Geographic Maps has created two new Trails Illustrated Maps in time to help you do the activities you love.
Voyageurs National Park, as you know is located at the border of Minnesota and Canada, is frequented by over 1/4 million people each year. Defined by its interco… Continue reading
In response to the overwhelming participation in its signature events and the growing popularity of adventure racing, the Merrell Oyster Racing Series will take the fun off road in a debut off road challenge in 2010.
The Merrell Oyster Off Road Race will take place Saturday, May 22 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado on the western slope of the Rockies. From the hot springs to the b… Continue reading
Online Nature Guide Training Program Provides Career/Volunteer Opportunities For Outdoor, Wilderness Enthusiasts
Learning how to share a love of nature with others is now just a few clicks away with a new online, distance learning program that can turn a hobby or interest into something more, maybe even a career. The Nature Guiding program offered by the Center for Professional Development at Excelsior College is ideal for aspiring park rangers, volunteers or professionals who want to become outdoor educato… Continue reading
“Out of sight, out of mind.”
Have you ever heard somebody utter that phrase? It’s a phrase that seems to be relative to a person’s current thought-process: If I don’t have to see it, then it’s nothing I really care about.
But that’s the kind of ignorance that many settle with; they care only about what it is they can reach. And they only care about what affects their current situation. Knowing this, would you care if somebody said our mountain forests are dying? Would you believe it even if you didn’t see it? I hope so.
About a year ago, I was introduced to Honey Stinger Energy Bars via a set of samples I encountered in the mail. I was an immediate fan. I’ve never tasted an energy bar like the Honey Stinger. Living up to its name, each bar is made with 30 percent USDA certified organic honey. In addition, each bar includes 10 grams of whey protein, 22 vitamins and minerals, calcium and antioxidants. When snowshoeing and trail running, they come in handy. Because I loved the energy bars, I was eager to try the energy chews. As it turns out, the chews kept my engine running in between energy bar consumption. And both taste so good.
Most of the Outdoor Research softshell jackets I’ve tested have been typically waterproof and breathable. The OR Exit Hoody isn’t quite a softshell (not particularly waterproof and mildly breathable), but it is lightweight. What makes the Exit Hoody appealing to a snowshoer is its Alpin-wool Plus fabric exterior and polyester interior – both combine to be exceptionally warm.
Cool Off During the Summer Heat and Head to Chile for Skiing, Snowboarding, and a Wide Range of Winter Sports
For avid fans of skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports, heading to the slopes of Chile makes a cool retreat in the heat of the summer. Chile, one of the Southern Hemisphere’s top winter sports destinations, and where numerous professional ski and snowboard teams train during the northern hemisphere summer, is renowned for its superior level of its ski slopes in the majestic Andes and can be… Continue reading
The Keen Obsidian WP shoes are waterproof – making it a great choice for snowshoeing – and durable enough for trail running. I first used the Obsidians during a trail run near the Snake River Lodge and Spa in Wyoming’s Teton Village (near Jackson Hole Ski Resort). After a tasty breakfast at the Lodge’s Gamefish Restaurant, I took a brisk morning run through the Teton National Forest. That day, I fell in love with a new pair of Keens.
“I’m a snowshoer and KT Tape was my idea!”
I wish. But I certainly think I found a great product for snowshoers. KT Tape (short for Kinesiology Therapeutic Tape) is a sports tape that’s elastic, durable, strong, and provides pain relief and support. If suffering from sore muscles and joints – or just your classic sports injury – a couple strips of KT Tape will relieve the pains that would normally prevent further activity. For snowshoeing, it’s a wonderful addition to a first aid kit and doesn’t take up precious daypack space.
I’ve never owned a pair of boots like the Keen Oregons. They’ve proved to be tough, well constructed and perfect for snowshoeing. During my trek through Glacier National Park, the Oregons performed flawlessly in a number of changing trail conditions: muddy, icy and snowy. They were also light enough to wear during my flight from Denver to Kalispell. I never felt as though the Oregons were too burdensome or got in the way, like most clunky hiking boots. Keen didn’t over-engineer the Oregons to compensate for sturdiness; they weigh in at 24 ounces and are conveniently waterproof.
Throughout the 09/10 snowshoeing season, I used the Outdoor Research AlterEgo Jacket in “emergency” cold weather situations. I always had it strapped on the right side of my pack so it was accessible at any moment.
…on the way up to Scalplock Lookout in Glacier National Park.… Continue reading
(Please note: After publishing this article, Glacier National Park has gone from 25 named glaciers to 23.)
I was on a search for the true Montana – one of the last American wilderness areas that the masses have yet to alter or manipulate. Although I wasn’t able to cover the majority of Glacier National Park’s more than one million acres on snowshoes, I was well satisfied with the meager 18 miles that I checked-off on my “list of things to do before dying.” Among the turquoise lakes, creeks and rivers, I found myself feeling some frustration: It had taken me 33 years to gain an acquaintance with one of Mother Earth’s greatest treasures. Established in 1910, the Park is a memorial to a planet once unharmed by human dominion and sprawl. I was there to pay homage by snowshoeing among the wilds of a protected land and honor the Park’s Centennial commemoration.
Are you a first-time snowshoer? Or, are curious about how to get started snowshoeing? This is the video for you. “Snowshoeing: Behind the Basics” provides a very simple approach to snowshoeing and what you need to know to get out … Continue reading
BREAKING NEWS: The World Snowshoe Invitational moves from Mount Seymour to Grouse Mountain. Race date remains Feb. 27. For more info: http://www.theyeti.ca
The Yeti Snowshoe Series and Grouse Mountain are set to host the World Snowshoe Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 27. The snowshoe race is expected to invite several Olympic athletes, national champions and world record holders. Among the competitors is Jonathan Wyatt, six-time World Mountain Running Champion and two-time Olympian.
There’s something about having a shovel strapped to your pack when snowshoeing; it makes you look pretty serious about your shoeing experience. It says, “That guy is going to a place where the snow is pretty deep.” Well, yes, that’s the ticket. As the publisher/owner of Snowshoe Magazine, I only go where the snow is deep. Not really. I consider myself lucky if I’m out in the backcountry with my trusty snowshoes…and now with my Seattle Sports Co. Snow Shovel.
For the Snowshoemag crew, Arc’teryx has become the holy grail of outdoor gear brands. Our requests to even touch a garment with an Arc’teryx logo were ignored for the past few years. Was it some it something we said? Evidently not, because the pigs have now taken flight and it’s getting chilly in hell; we were able to test the Arc’teryx Venta SV Softshell jacket. Nonetheless, we love supporting Arc’teryx because they make great gear…and they’re Canadian. And nowadays, Canada is all the rage.
Having a pair of Kahtoola Microspikes on hand is just as important as having a snow shovel in the garage: You need it on occasion when the time is right. Several times this winter I’ve used the Microspikes for everyday use and for some light runs around the neighborhood.
Here’s a story you can probably relate to, in one way or another:
I was on a snowshoeing trip and decided to stop by a frozen creek. I needed some water, so I broke open the ice and dropped in my filter. But that’s not all I dropped in the water: My GPS device fell from my backpack and into the water. Panic.
At the time, I didn’t have anything to help dry out my device. Granted it was submersed for only a few seconds (in extremely cold water). All I could do was take out the batteries and wrap it in some cloth. Later, I was happy to discover that it was still working, but the display had some defects and the button reaction time was delayed. It hasn’t worked the same since.
Back in the mid-Twentieth Century, 2010 predictions indicated people would be wearing futuristic jackets that had removable hoods and powder skirts, and combined waterproof breathable fabric and stretchy softshell panels. They were right. In 2010, Snowshoe Magazine tested the Mountain Hardwear Kramer Softshell Jacket – everything the future was predicted to be. As always, Mountain Hardwear doesn’t disappoint with a jacket that’s stylish and extremely durable.
Dust off your snowshoes and cross country skis, it’s time to get outside for the second annual Colorado Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Season Kick-Off. Scheduled for Dec. 19-20, the event takes place at participating Nordic centers and guest ranch resorts. A list of participating Nordic centers and guest ranches is updated regularly and can be found at www.coloradocrosscountry.com. Continue reading
Keen has always kept me safe and confident on the snowshoe trails – year after year. What many people don’t understand is that Keen’s trail shoes are perfect for snowshoeing. Keen’s trademark rubber sole – curving over the toe of the shoe – fits wonderfully with most snowshoe bindings. Keen shoes are convenient on many levels: They’re rugged, tough, stylish, and engineered to withstand the cold outdoor elements. This past season, I had the chance to test two different Keen boots, the Voyageur and Winterport, in combination with two different Keen merino wool socks. After my review, I concluded only one thing: Same as usual…Keen products never disappoint.
Here at Snowshoe Magazine, we get to test some cool gear. Generally, the gear we test is from an established company with a brand that most snowshoers are familiar with. That’s always a good thing. But, in some rare cases, we actually get to test some gear from some real small biz innovators. Thanks to BackcountrySolutions.com, we were able to test the Keyhole Hands-free Camera Harness. If you’re a photographer and a snowshoer – a lethal combo – the Keyhole should be your next investment. Either way, this thing will keep your camera where it needs to be: In front of you at all times.
One thing I love about Marmot’s products is that they never underperform in a pinch. Marmot makes tough, stylish outdoors wear and I never have been disappointed by what I review. Recently, I had the chance to review my first jacket and glove combo: the Marmot Andromeda softshell jacket and softshell gloves. This duo can be easily stored in a daypack and provide decent warmth during off-season snowshoe outings. Although I wouldn’t recommend the Andromeda jacket and gloves for cold, sub-zero snowshoeing, they’re perfect for the more unpredictable fall and spring seasons.
When I first used the GoMotion Sternum kit, it was as if I was snowshoeing with a big headlight on my chest. “That thing makes you look like Ironman with his ‘glowing repulsor’ heart,” my snowshoeing buddy said. Of course, nerdy comment aside, I did feel like Ironman; I discovered that an LED light makes the surrounding snow glow. This nifty “glowing” effect comes in handy around dusk, when the sun drops below the mountains and darkness starts to set in. I was automatically in love with my GoMotion light. Every snowshoer needs one of these, in case it does get dark during a snowshoe outing.
As part of a major initiative to place the sport of snowshoe racing in the global spotlight, Mount Seymour Resort in British Columbia will host the World Snowshoe Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 27 – one day before the 2010 Winter Olympics closing ceremonies in Vancouver.
Nestled in the shadows of the Snowy Range Mountains along the banks of the Little Laramie River, the Vee Bar Guest Ranch has a rich history that stretches back over a hundred years. Located just 2 1/2 hours north of Denver, it offers the ideal home base for an unforgettable winter vacation. Every winter season, the Snowy Range Mountains lure winter sports enthusiasts to explore the vast winter landscape where skiing and snowmobiling opportunities are plentiful.
Relaxation in the Rockies: Colorado Offers Hot Deals on Spa and Hot Spring Vacations throughout the State
Relax, its Colorado. Known as an unmatched destination for outdoor enthusiasts, it is no wonder that Colorado is also home to exceptional spas, wellness sanctuaries and scores of hot springs that help adventurers soothe sore muscles. From a soak in a 106 degree hot spring pool to luxury spa treatments at some of the state’s top resorts, travelers can enjoy a variety of pampering and revitalizing activities in Colorado. Below are select spa, hot spring and wellness packages that allow visitors to steam, soak, scrub and soothe the senses. For more great Colorado travel deals visit, www.HotDealsColorado.com.
Brand new for 2009, Tubbs introduces the FLEX Series, the first ergonomic snowshoes optimized for walking on packed and variable snow. As the global leader in Snowshoeing with over 100 years of technological innovation, Tubbs has a deep understanding of the diverse needs of snowshoers around the world. With this perspective, Tubbs has created a new line of snowshoes that optimize ergonomic comfort. The patent-pending FLEX Tail, found on all models of the FLEX Series, absorbs heel-strike impact and allows the foot to roll naturally from heel to toe, enabling a more natural stride. With additional features like Compact Design and Traction Rails, the FLEX Series is more comfortable and efficient than other composite snowshoes for walking in packed and variable snow.
There is growing evidence that the risk of head injury and of loss of consciousness increases when a person is not wearing a helmet and falls while skiing or snowboarding, according to a new report published in the fall 2009 issue of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine.
With cold weather fast approaching, it’s time to spread the word about winter safety and backcountry precautions. This Saturday, Oct. 24 at 8:30 a.m., the Northwest Snow and Avalanche Summit (NSAS) is bringing together avalanche experts, safety professionals and snow enthusiasts for an educational seminar at the REI Flagship store in downtown Seattle. Experts in weather, backcountry terrain and avalanche safety will be providing valuable tips for a safer winter season.
Sun Valley has a well-deserved reputation for world-class alpine skiing, but is also known as “Nordic Town USA” for having the best nordic ski terrain in the US. In fact, it’s so good, members of the Norwegian Olympic Nordic Ski Team come to the valley to train. Sun Valley has plenty to offer Nordic skiers and winter recreationalists of all ages and abilities, from over 200 miles of groomed trails and one of the country’s premier Nordic ski races, the 32K Boulder Mountain Tour, to plenty of other top-notch yet affordable recreational and cultural diversions.
The 25th running of the World Mountain Running Championships were held under clear and crisp blue skies with temperatures in the upper 50s for the start of the competition. The venue was in the winter ski village of Madesimo, Italy, located three hours by bus from Milan. The course was lined with fans not only from the host country, but with worldwide fans. The sound of ringing cowbells and pulsating air horns filled the air. A total of thirty-five countries were represented in the four races.
Redfeather Snowshoes announced today the formation of an elite racing squad, a team of select endurance athletes who will enjoy sponsor support from leading manufacturers within the outdoor and multi-sport industries.
Building upon its innovation in performance footwear traction and snow travel systems, Kahtoola expands its unique step-in FLIGHTdeck TS snowshoe line with the addition of a 29” deck for increased flotation. The FLIGHTdeck TS is now available in the TS 29, (8.5”x29”, $289), TS 24 (8.5”X24”, $274), and TS 23 (8”X23”, $269).
Nordic walking offers widespread benefits for people of all ages and abilities, but fitness buffs and serious athletes can use Nordic walk for complete full body training that can be done anywhere.
One of Jackson Hole’s top resorts, Spring Creek Ranch, is giving skiers a chance to experience the downhill excitement of the famed Grand Teton range at an incredible value with its “Ski Free” Package. Skiers have the option of hitting the slopes at either Grand Targhee Resort or Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, both prime locations for making the powder fly.
Skiing/riding encourages a lifestyle that’s physically challenging and cultivates a bond with nature. These snowsports open the door to winter fun – bringing people together for family adventures that satisfy the mildest of carvers to the heartiest of dare-devils. Go alone, or go with friends and family – your well spent time will yield priceless memories.
As Senators Mark Udall and John McCain held a formal hearing in Estes Park today concerning global climate change and its impact on national parks, conservationists called on the senators to acknowledge the roll that gray wolves necessarily play in buffering against the effects of climate change.
A huge coal strip-mining operation proposed on Alaska’s Chuitna River by the owner of the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in Utah has drawn the ire of groups concerned about the mine’s contribution to global warming.
Ultra runners test their physical and mental endurance at the Lake Tahoe Marathon during the 9th Annual Tahoe Triple and the 4th Annual Super Triple, both of which kick off Friday, September 25 and conclude on the official marathon race day, Sunday, September 27.
Snowshoeing in Turkey: Modern Facilities, Magnificent Landscapes, Exotic Locales and the Best Prices in Europe
Offering altitudes on par with the Alps and the American Rockies and a traditional November through April mountain season as well as year-round glacier skiing, Turkey offers winter sport experiences that are as varied and challenging as they are enjoyable. Whether for cross-country, downhill, heli-skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing, Turkey’s ski resorts offer modern facilities and equipment, skilled skiing instructors and a full range of contemporary accommodations.
For runners who love running for a cause but hate the crowds, here are suggestions of three organized runs off the beaten path that offer incredible scenery AND make a difference.
Join CDTA as we promote the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail with free guided hikes and bike rides, outdoor booths, live music, volunteer trail-building opportunities and fun for all ages! Learn how volunteers are helping to build and protect this incredible trail from Mexico to Canada.
GoldToeMoretz has announced the debut of a new no-show performance sock for men and women from PowerSox by Gold Toe. The PowerSox CoolMax Tec Stripe retails for three pairs/$9.99 and is available at www.powersox.com.
McMurdo’s revolutionary new FAST FIND 200 series of personal locator beacons (PLBs) has now been independently tested and approved for stowage and use at altitudes of up to 40,000 ft. This news will be welcomed by mountaineers, skiers, snowboarders, back packers, lone workers and adventurers, an increasing number of whom are carrying the potential life saver. The FAST FIND 200 series now exceeds the requirement for Mount Everest , the world’s highest mountain at 29,000 ft.
On Sunday, July 19, runners can accept the challenge offered by the La Sportiva HalfMarathon which is a bit longer than the traditional 13.1 mile distance. At 14.5 miles this is the longest race in the La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running series – in fact almost twice as long as the other events in the series.
Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) hailed Friday’s introduction of the U.S. OUTDOOR Act, groundbreaking legislation that was introduced simultaneously in the United States House of Representatives (H.R. 3168) and United States Senate (S. 1439). Led by Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Greg Walden (R-OR), Niki Tsongas (D-MA), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Jim Matheson (D-UT), Jared Polis (D-CO) and Todd Akin (R-MO) in the House and Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) in the Senate, the U.S. OUTDOOR Act is the realization of two years of development and consultation between OIA, outdoor industry apparel manufacturers, the U.S. textile industry and these leaders in Congress.
The Holistic Network, an up-and-coming healthy-living and wellness company, unveiled its all-new e-commerce Web site, theWellBodyStore.com. Continue reading
For most people in the world, it was the start of a Saturday like any other: Some breakfast, maybe some coffee and a leisurely flip through the morning paper. For Eileen Wysocki, resident of New Castle, Colo., it was a day she would never forget. Her snowshoes, determination and focus on setting a world record were the only things furiously going through her mind on February 7. It was time for the 24 Hours of Sunlight endurance race at the Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs, Colo.
“We cannot overlook the importance of wild country as a source of inspiration, to which we give expression in writing, in poetry, drawing and painting, in mountaineering, or in just being there.” – Olaus Murie
Traveling to Wyoming offers a unique opportunity to see countless landscapes – each representing a different brush stroke on a vast painting that seems to go on forever. At the focal point of this work of art is the northwestern corner of the state: Home to the majestic Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks…and the tranquil offerings of Turpin Meadow Ranch.
When I snowshoe, it never fails: My chin and nose get colder than any other part of my body. This happens particularly because it’s the only exposed skin on my body when outside in the outdoor elements. It’s a problem that isn’t easily remedied without the right gear, but most products on the market are either cheaply made or don’t properly do the job. This season, it’s all about finding the right gear for the conditions…and I have solved yet another problem for my snowshoeing adventures. Talus Outdoor Technologies created the ColdAvenger: A cold weather mask that allows you to breathe freely while keeping your face warm and dry. I like that.
Jackets with fill down insulation offer a genuine shield from extremely cold weather and harsh winter conditions. Lately, in Colorado, the conditions have been very extreme – with days recently hitting 19 below. Of course, here in the Centennial State, life goes on when the weather is crazy. During harsh walks to the bus and snowshoeing trips in the foothills, the Outdoor Research Virtuoso Jacket has been a lifesaver when the temperatures have reached dangerously cold levels.
Weighing in at approximately 39 ounces, the Outdoor Research Metaphor is a 3-in-1 jacket that I have continuously worn throughout Denver’s latest bout with arctic weather. I am living proof that this jacket does its job well at -18F. Without it, I would be in a heap of trouble on these cold days in Colorado. And it’s not too often that these tests become available right outside my door.
I enjoy a good hydration drink. Although, nowadays, there are several to choose from and most drink coolers are full of choices that are obscure. Coolers are also full of mainstream brand hydration and energy drinks, like Gatorade and Red Bull. But, the influence of hydration water drinks has caught on, especially with snowshoers. Vital Action Performance Water is a drink that replenishes and provides that extra boost necessary before and after a day of snowshoeing.
I once owned a pair of gloves – don’t recall the brand name – that advertised to be the thinnest, warmest available. They were made with wet suit material, which made them relatively thin and mildly warm. What I didn’t like about them was their inability to work with Velcro. The wet suit material would stick to the Velcro and then slowly fray at the fingertips. That sucks! Although they were good gloves, I unknowingly gave them to a homeless man after misplacing them on the downtown bus. Whoops. I now have a new pair of gloves that are thin and warm AND work with Velcro: the Ibex Kilometer Gloves. Sweet!
Living in Colorado, I’ve had the opportunity to experience visiting several snowshoeing destinations that many people covet and dream about. I take the mountains for granted and I’m not proud of it. They are what I look at often as I go through life in Denver – although I rarely take advantage. However, when I can absorb a majestic Rocky Mountain experience, one Colorado mountain town will forever have my heart: Glenwood Springs. When I visit, I never take it for granted and nor do I want to leave.
This is the season of sunglasses. First, Snowshoemag received advertising support from HaberVision and then Nannini wanted me to review some of their products. Although I’ve been reviewing HaberVision’s products, I had to give some other sunglasses and goggles a try. What I found was that Nannini develops a solid product, a stylish product and manufactures several pairs of sunglasses that fit my gigantic noggin. For snowshoeing, Nannini’s Mountain specs are a genuine must for the upcoming season.
I was introduced to Ibex wear last season. Of course, I was impressed. The experience of wearing New Zealand merino wool is amazing, especially in sub-zero temperatures. However, this season, Ibex sent me a Solace jacket and a pair of Kilometer gloves to test (a review I will write later). When the box arrived, I immediately entered running mode and started my test: It was cold outside and I was glad to be wearing Ibex gear again. Continue reading
Over the years, I regularly receive an e-mail or a phone call from an eager snowshoer wanting advice on what kind of backpack to purchase. Of course, I’ve tried many and have my opinions. Where I find my opinion becomes rather fierce is the availability of a backpack engineered for snowshoers. This is a very difficult item to find in the world. Until now, conveniently! This is because you’re reading Snowshoe Magazine – the only publication focusing entirely on the sport of snowshoeing. So, I introduce to you…GV Snowshoes’ Technical Backpack for snowshoers.
I’ve always been very fond of our neighbors to the north – and by that I mean Canada. Throughout the past year, the United States has been neck deep in economic problems and a presidential election. It’s easy to look inward as a nation (we need to nowadays), but I think it’s essential to our forward movement to see what the Canadians have been up to lately. Of course, starting in February 2010, the whole world will look to its second largest country during the 21st Winter Olympics in Vancouver. And I can’t wait! Continue reading
I rarely use goggles when snowshoeing. For skiing they’re great, obviously. For snowshoeing, it’s just another item to carry in your pack – probably taking up much needed room. I now have a different perspective on this issue. Continue reading
I was first introduced to Nathan Sports’ Hydration Packs in Glenwood Springs, Colo. I was browsing a gear store in the downtown area and happened to see the X Trainer Mutation Pack hanging near some jackets. Like a stray dog, I had to bring it home with me. So, I took it off the rack (noticing it was the only one left) and tried it on. I was sold!
I’m always delighted to test gear that’s well made, bulletproof and waterproof. I’ve tested outdoor gear from Marmot (a favorite), The North Face, Columbia, to Arc’Teryx and a handful of other elite manufacturers. And so I finally got my hands on some GoLite gear. Although the Snowshoe Magazine gear-testing department is small, we have the honor of working with some of the best companies in the business. My initial thoughts and experiences with GoLite are phenomenal and I can only hope to get my hands on more.
When snowshoeing, having a good pair of sunglasses available is necessary. The snow can be blinding on a sunny day. In fact, a backup pair of sunglasses should be in any snowshoer’s gear arsenal. But don’t be deceived! The idea of sunglasses should not conjure up thoughts of Oakley and over-priced Sunglass Huts. HaberVision and its Cima model sunglasses combine polarized technology and style. And I admit, I’m in love with my Cimas.
Throughout the year, I’ve really learned to appreciate Outdoor Research gear – especially the Trance Sweater. However, it’s not really a sweater. And it doesn’t necessarily put you in a trance. But it certainly is one of the warmest goose down insulated jackets I have worn: it’s lightweight, versatile, packs in its own stuff sack, repels moisture and one piece of gear any person should keep in their snowshoeing arsenal.
I’ve been a fan of hydration drinks for a long time. However, I’m being too general. In the past, when I thought of a hydration drink, I thought of Gatorade. Nowadays, when I think of an hydration drink…I think of Nuun. But this isn’t your typical hydration drink – it’s the start of what I believe is preferred hydration while out on the trail.
As promised, I am blogging about the Democratic National Convention. It hasn’t been all that eventful for me, unfortunately. I work downtown near 15th and Lawrence, a few blocks from the epicenter of DNC hell. Because I’ve been asked to work off-site for a project, I haven’t been near the action. In fact, I missed Joe Biden’s visit to our local BBQ place in Writer Square. Bummer. It would’ve been nice to see him in the flesh. Continue reading
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I forgot to take my blood pressure medication today. It’s the weekend. My wife and kids are out of town. I’m way out of my routine, for sure. I feel like I’m 80 years old, yelling out to whoever can hear me, “Somebody get my pills!” It’s sad but true, I have a massive high blood pressure problem. It’s brought on by a mix of heredity and stress (probably some diet thrown in there too). Don’t get me wrong, I exercise often – not enough I guess. I should probably be asleep right now too. But, the show must go on. Continue reading
A paperless world is a big idea. Imagine that. No more newspapers, no more magazines, no more junk mail filling your mailbox. It’s a big idea and certainly something to be appreciated. This concept – and the downfall of the print industry – is seen in small Internet movements around the world. One Internet movement, for instance, is YellowPagesGoesGreen.org. I love this site. It’s also part of a healthy “green” initiative, if that gets your brain cooking. But, a paperless world certainly starts with eliminating the production of the White and Yellow Pages. Continue reading
I love 3-in-1 jackets! They’re perfect for snowshoeing. And, nothing works better and is more versatile for travel. Outdoor Research’s Trio jacket is a 3-in-1 that I love having hanging in my closet; it’s been a go-to choice for many of my snowshoeing excusions. Continue reading
It’s springtime in the Rockies…and I’m testing a lineup of quality jackets. And, as one of my favorite brands of all-time, Marmot has provided yet another stellar product: the Heat Shield jacket. This Windstopper for some of the most unpredictable weather months of the year is a must-have for any snowshoe day-tripper.
One thing I love about Mountain Hardwear is how their branding matches their product – it’s a seamless connection between reliable and au courant for outdoor life. So, I got my hands on the Synchro, Parbat and the Transition jackets. All three are great for snowshoeing, but each take on a different scope for the type of shoeing you’re pursuing for the day.
One of the country’s oldest annual snowshoe races is now one of the 22 United States Snowshoe Association’s qualifying events for the USSSA PowerSox National Championship to be held at Utah’s SnowBasin Resort March 9, 2008. Continue reading
Simply stated, the Marmot Exum jacket is a powerhouse GORE-TEX mountaineering shell that excels in the harshest conditions. In fact, I’d feel safe wearing this thing while hiking Everest, but I’m just a snowshoer (nothing short of exceptional, I might add). And, I’d endorse the Exum as my shell jacket of choice – something every shoer should have in his or her shoeing arsenal.
Last season, I had a chance to test the Keen Targhee II and the Ochoco – very impressed. This year I get to test the Newport Trail and Growler. Although these are more like boots rather than trail running shoes, I fell in love all over again. The Newport Trail and Growler rank high in my snowshoe arsenal. Again, I’m impressed all over again. Keen just makes a great shoe/boot. Continue reading
Whoever designed the MountainSmith Snow Series Tracker is definitely a snowshoer – or at least a genius. Everything about the Tracker speaks snowshoeing: from the vertical snowshoe carry mounts to removable seat pad (I’ll explain more later). After all my snowshoeing trips throughout the years, I’ve never owned a pack that’s more versatile and perfect for snowshoeing than the Tracker. Continue reading
Getting my hands on the Ibex Clive was like grasping the Holy Grail of snowshoeing jackets. It’s been my long time plan to test some Ibex-made gear in some bitter cold snowshoeing weather. Continue reading
The 2006/2007 winter season for Denver, Colo. was brutal. And I would know. I live there. And, I ride the bus to work, which requires me to wait at the bus stop as the snow comes down and gathers by the inches. Luckily, I had my Marmot Ama Dablam Jacket. The core of my body was warm; however, my head, hands, legs and feet were freezing. I guess I should’ve been wearing Marmot’s 8000M Suit (as pictured). That would’ve been helpful. Continue reading
Keen refers to the Targhee II as a “4-wheel drive for your feet” – and that’s no lie. This is certainly a shoe I would recommend to any snowshoer and off-season hiker. Continue reading
I love discovering gear on the trail when crossing paths with another snowshoer. In this case, my fellow shoer was sporting an Otterbox case for his Palm Treo. And, not only was he using it to make some calls…he dropped it in the snow without a sudden gasp of “NNNooooo!!!” The case was waterproof…and indestructible (in the event the case was dropped off the side of a cliff). So, I naturally had to follow suit and get a case for my Blackberry. Continue reading
I’ve tried several trail running shoes that can crossover to snowshoeing and have been overwhelmed with joy at how effective they are. Of course, boots are supposed to do their job…keep your feet warm and what not. It’s the trail running shoe that can make or break your snowshoeing experience. I’m no runner, but the Keen Ochoco trail running shoe makes me want to start a career as a snowshoe running athlete. Continue reading
I first tested my SportHill garb by going for a night’s run; it was about 20 degrees and I was working up a sweat. I donned a Pursuit II Top, Junior XC Pants, and a pair of 3SP Gloves. I couldn’t wait for the snow and my chance to use my SportHill outfit for some intense snowshoeing. A week later, I got my wish. Continue reading
I guess the big question here is simply this: Does the Marmot Super Hero Jacket make you feel like a super hero? Sure it does. For snowshoeing, the Super Hero Jacket provides a lightweight solution when confronted with the cold winter elements. Continue reading
The Top-O-Graphic II performs as the base layer solution – for any winter sport. For snowshoeing, it’s more than desirable: Lightweight, non-abrasive, comfortable, and geared for active use. Continue reading
It was a day that many snowshoers would never forget. On March 5, 2005, the United States partook in a series of snowshoe races, peacefully bringing together some of the most talented athletes in the world. It was a day that would be resurrected in the memories of many and one that would usher-in the next era for the sport … an era that would further prove its potential. Continue reading
Here are a few stories to keep you reading while the snow is beginning to accumulate:
–Winter Trails, an annual international event that introduces newcomers to snow sports, will take place on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at more than 100 locations across the U.S. and Canada. Winter Trails offers free snowshoeing and/or cross country skiing for children and adults new to snow sports. Last year, events took place in 25 states, four Canadian provinces and 12,000+ children and adults participated. A second Winter Trails is scheduled for February 17, 2006 at Estes Park, Colorado. Continue reading
For snowshoeing…the Marmot Vapor 30 backpack provides an essential element to the gear necessary for backcountry exploration: reliability. Continue reading
A snowshoeing boot worth trying is the glove-like (for the foot, obviously) Lowa Trident GTX. Comfortable and essential, the Trident GTX provides confidence to the snowshoer’s snowshoeing. Continue reading
Want a guide to the world’s destination for champagne powder? And, yes, I mean that literally. Snowshoeing Mount Blanc and the Western Alps by Hilary Sharp lives to be THE resource for snowshoeing Europe’s great heavenly gift, the Alps. Continue reading
What makes “Backcountry Skiing and Snowshoeing in Grand County, Colorado” so essential to snowshoers looking to venture through some of America’s greatest snow-covered landscapes is its approach to detail and accuracy. A guide for snowshoers can’t get any better…and it’s all about Grand County’s splendor. Continue reading
Protecting sensitive electronic devices – such as GPS units, cell phones, etc. – becomes a necessity when snowshoeing. Finding the products to help make protecting gear possible is an entirely different issue. Enter Bwana Gear. Continue reading
Redfeather Snowshoes has been sold to ORC Industries, Inc. According to Redfeather’s Bonnie Glover, “ORC Industries plans on building the brand and bring great manufacturing experience that will be very helpful in taking Redfeather to the next level. They will continue to manufacture the product in La Crosse, Wisconsin.” Stay tuned to Snowshoemag.com for more details, coming up in February’s e-newsletter. Continue reading
If the world existed entirely in the scope of peace – war was nonexistent, there were no troubles for the weary, and good fortunes found good people – the globe would be universally appreciating the music of The String Cheese Incident (SCI). But, is the world ready for another jam band? Continue reading
I’m pregnant. Yup. I’m about nine months along. And, yes, I am a male…a pregnant one too. The doc said it was about 40 pages, 5,000 copies for the first issue…definitely going to be a difficult labor. But, I’m ready for the big day. Nervous, but ready.
Don’t send flowers yet. I still have a long way to go.
Although I’m not an athlete, I’m using this space to gab ab… Continue reading
Pictures from Grand Lake Snowshoe Festival 2005.… Continue reading
The athlete’s blog is a concept created to promote snowshoe competitions and the runners who participate.
To get a good feel for how this will work…check back periodically to see who has posted to the Athlete’s Blog. And, certainly sign-up for the Snowshoemag.com e-mail newsletter to get all the updates.
Have a great snowshoe season, everybody!
I think of my North Face Mountain Guide Jacket as ol’ reliable. I’ve taken this thing to the outer limits of extreme winter conditions…to offering it to my wife on a cool Autumn evening walk. It’s a great friend to have for the everyday, and a better friend to have in a bitter cold pinch. Continue reading
I’ve slept in it on cold nights. I’ve used it to soak-up a small child’s spit-up (and then washed it). I’ve used it to distract a bear from attacking my family as we hiked trough the Colorado wilderness (not true). And, I’ve used it for my many snowshoeing outings because it’s lightweight, warm, and very comfortable for active use (very true). Continue reading
I’m not quite sure why life invites change in big, and sometimes unreasonable chunks. The month of May has been one of the biggest, life-changing months in my Earthly existence. And when I thought I couldn’t handle the pressure, I realized two important factors (despite the surrounding chaos): Snowshoe Magazine must go on and the print version needs life. Continue reading
It’s definitely springtime, and summer isn’t too far away. I have to adjust my perspective now that traffic has decreased on the Snowshoemag Web site. As soon as April made an appearance, all the snowshoers left the building. Continue reading
As we comb the world for great snowshoeing destinations, we found two of the best here in our own backyard. Devil’s Thumb Ranch and C Lazy U Ranch – located in Grand County, Colorado – provide guests with the ultimate in winter fun and sport.
I’ve had the honor of being part of the snowshoe industry this year for the first time as a full-force, all-cylinder-running business. The Snowshoe Magazine team would like to thank everybody that got involved in all levels of support – from advertisers to occasional Web site visitors…it was a collective effort that has led to our success. Continue reading
Pictures from Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series 2005… Continue reading
So much happens in a month. Especially after being gone 75 percent of January. I traveled. A lot. Now I’m back. Does anybody want to go snowshoeing with me? Continue reading
Over the past two months I have read some very sad articles that have affected snowshoers all over the world. Continue reading
Make tracks with the Breast Cancer Fund and help eliminate the environmental causes of breast cancer! The Winter Snowshoe Challenge is an exhilarating one-day event with a choice of 5K (intermediate) and more advanced routes.
Snowshoe Challenges are happening in two winter wonderlands this year:
Keystone, Colo. – Saturday, February 26 » (visit http://www.breastcancerfund.org/site/pp.asp?c=kwKXLdPaE&b=44851)
Kirkwood, Calif. – Saturday, March 5 » (visit http://www.breastcancerfund.org/site/pp.asp?c=kwKXLdPaE&b=44851) Continue reading
What is a multi-tool? A lifesaver.
It was about 20 degrees, I was exploring the Rocky Mountain National Park and I was trudging through about three feet of fresh snow. The day was slipping away as Longs Peak hovered above me and the sun was setting behind the majestic mountain-scarred horizon. It was getting colder by the moment. Continue reading
As I passed out flyers to promote our e-mail newsletter at the recent SnowSports Expo in Denver, I happened upon a gaggle of teens making their way to the show to most likely purchase a snowboard and later loiter throughout the halls of the convention center. Continue reading
Ladies and gentlemen…in coordination with Snowshoe Magazine, The North Face and Nike ACG…a title bout between two trailrunning shoes is taking place. I am reviewing the benefits of The North Face’s Ultra Gore-Tex XCR and Nike ACG’s Air Teocalli Plus. Continue reading
There’s nothing more important than community. And, knowing that the industry thrives on events – competitive and non-competitive – there is no doubt…snowshoeing was made for the people, by the people. Continue reading
“This is the best kept secret in the world,” said a sales associate as he explained his perspective on the sport of snowshoeing, pointing out the variety of snowshoes available for purchase. Continue reading
Biathlon, bobsleigh, curling, ice hockey, luge, skating and skiing…simple fact…snowshoeing has yet to join the Olympics as a winter sport. Continue reading
Great things are on their way to Snowshoemag.com…and in the middle of all the changes, a new server for the Web site. Continue reading
It’s that time of the year, and the United States Snowshoe Association has announced the new board of regional representatives for the 2004/2005 snowshoe season. Continue reading
Can you believe it’s July already (or at least close to it)? Before you know it, we’ll all be trudging through some powder deep in some far away forest, listening to the silence…forgetting about responsibility for an instance. Continue reading
Welcome to the summer. It seems that without snow, the days are longer, less inviting…so depressing. Hum… Continue reading
Although Squaw Valley, Calif., provided a nurturing destination for the 2004 National Snowshoe Championships, having the 2005 competition in Anchorage, Alaska, will add that well-needed slice of “rugged” to the events. Continue reading
“First to fight” – Marines have been in the forefront of every American war since the founding of the Corps. They have carried out over 300 landings on foreign shores. They have served everywhere, from the poles to the tropics. Their record of readiness reflects pride, responsibility and challenge. -Unknown
On March 13, the skies were blue, the air was clean and the snow was fresh – Beaver Creek, Colo., couldn’t have displayed a better day to snowshoers who gathered to compete in the 2004 North American Snowshoe Championships. Continue reading
If you find yourself remaining stagnant during the spring and summer seasons, find solace in the Snowshoe Magazine Web site. Throughout the coming months we plan to provide some tips, articles and more information on how to keep a “snowshoeing” mindset. Continue reading
Snowshoeing for many people represents that slice of “get-away” time…a moment of rest for the mind and a release of stress…a quiet hike through the backcountry; ah, snowshoeing can be so great. Continue reading
Snowshoers, start your…energy bars!
The Beaver Creek Ski Resort near Avon, Colo., has become the focal point of many snowshoers’ racing careers. And, for those that don’t take it as serious, it’s a snowshoeing playground of magnanimous Nordic center delight. Continue reading
Snowshoeing is becoming more of a mainstream sport by the minute. But, this monster of an industry will not mirror what snowboarding has done over the years for winter sports enthusiasts – it’s charting new territory. Mel Janaes, clinic guide and sales associate with Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS), understands this and justly relates to the oncoming droves of people that are expressing interest. Continue reading
Destination: Johnson Mill Bed and Breakfast – Midway, Utah
A place of refuge, a scenic break from reality, a smart choice for any snowshoer…Johnson Mill Bed and Breakfast in Midway, Utah is a perfected place for a little well-deserved R&R&S (rest and relaxation and snowshoeing).
By now it should be apparent…we mean business. Snowshoe Magazine’s Web site is a living, breathing, salivating animal. Continue reading
Pictures from Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series 2004.… Continue reading
It’s hard to believe that only a few months ago I was handed a pair of snowshoes…and with that I thought of snowshoeing in the sense of a celestial publishing venture that only few could understand at the time. From that point on, I have a more respectful sense of the historical beginnings, the reverential athletes, the tourist-born admirers and the snow-covered land that communally support the art of snowshoeing. It is a symbiosis worth meditating on. Continue reading