About Ryan Alford


The Product That Changed My Life


While strolling the floors of the SIA Snow Show in Denver–for the 11th year–I find it challenging to discover a product that impresses me. It’s hard to admit, but it’s true. Sure, there are the snowshoes, the trekking poles and … Continue reading

Traditional Snowshoe Maker from Maine Wins Fellowship Award

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The Maine Arts Commission is pleased to announce traditional snowshoe maker, Brian Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine, is one of the 2015 Individual Artist Fellowship award winners.

Continuing a Native American tradition that began centuries ago, Brian has been making … Continue reading

Estes Park Winter Festival and Winter Trails Day Return in 2015 in Colorado


The Estes Park Winter Festival, one of the fastest growing festivals in the state, has returned for 2015. The festival had become known for live music, family winter activities, delicious food and Colorado craft beer and wine – before taking … Continue reading

Slide Into Luxury This Winter at the Woodstock Inn & Resort

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With a fresh layer of snow blanketing the slopes of Vermont, the Woodstock Inn & Resort invites ski buffs and winter enthusiasts to Suicide Six, the resort’s private ski mountain featuring 100 acres of skiing on 23 trails with two … Continue reading

Where to Ski, Tromp or Glide This Winter at a National Wildlife Refuge

Two visitors enjoy the woods in winter on a Snowshoe Discovery Tour, Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, WV. Credit: Kent Mason

Wander a real winter wonderland. Find thrills exploring scenic nature trails by snowshoe, ski or sled at a national wildlife refuge. Some refuges lend you the equipment free! Here are some refuges made to order for snowy fun.


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Mt. Hood Meadows Leads North America in 24 Hour Snowfall Accumulation


More snow fell at Mt. Hood Meadows in a 24 hour period ending this morning than at any ski resort in North America, according to OnTheSnow.com. Meadows received 16″ of fresh, light powder the past 24 hours from a storm … Continue reading

Jackson Ski Touring & Upper Saco Valley Land Trust Announce Significant Land Preservation Easement


The Jackson Ski Touring Foundation and the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust, together with two local donors, have formed a unique partnership to permanently preserve 62 acres of open space in Jackson for use as ski touring and snowshoe trails … Continue reading

Tahoe Donner Cross Country and Downhill Ski Areas Open for the Winter Season; Snowplay Open Daily for Holidays

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All three of Tahoe Donner’s winter venues are now open for the 2014-2015 season.

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area will open for the season on Saturday, Dec. 20. Initial operations will include 30 kilometers of terrain with the following … Continue reading


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It’s December and we’re giving away gifts all month long. Visit http://keenfootwear.com/holiday to learn more. #GiftYeah


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Adirondack Mountain Club Presents: Winterfest

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The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is pleased to announce it will be hosting Winterfest, part of National Winter Trails Day on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Heart Lake Program Center in Lake Placid, New York.

ADK’s Winterfest is a … Continue reading

Share Your Adventures Using #FirstDayHikes


Kick-start your New Year’s resolution to keep in shape with an invigorating First Day Hike at a state park near you! All 50 states are participating in the fourth annual national event that invites families to celebrate the New Year … Continue reading

Bear Trax Adventures Announces Partnership with Killington /Pico Ski Resorts


Bear Trax Adventures, a snowshoe touring company based in Killington has entered into a partnership with Killington Resorts.

Bear Trax will operate its snowshoe tours out of the Killington Clubhouse located on East Mount Road next to the Tubing … Continue reading

North America’s Top 10 Snowshoe-friendly Nordic Centers

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(Note: This article was co-written by Katie Hearsum.)

There are several snowshoeing rules that most snowshoers have come to know as commonplace. And many are obvious: if you can walk, you can snowshoe… if it’s covered in snow, go … Continue reading

Italian start-up introduces Snowfoot: an alpine snowshoe for freeride skiers and snowboarders


An Italian startup founded by three mountaineers has announced that Snowfoot, the “radical step in mountain mobility” will be available for immediate purchase on the popular crowdfunding portal Indiegogo starting November 15.  The patented technology developed to maximize flotation Continue reading

Northern Rockies Avalanche Safety Workshop to Host Industry-leading Presenters, Gear Manufacturers and Local Vendors


The 4th annual Northern Rockies Avalanche Safety Workshop  (NRASW) will take place Saturday, October 25th, 2014 from 8:00am until 4:30pm at the Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish, Montana . NRASW is a one-day gathering of avalanche professionals and winter … Continue reading

Gear Review: Snow Peak Lapel Torch

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When you spend three or four months of the year in near-perpetual darkness, a good light in almost mandatory.

That’s where the Snow Peak Lapel Torch comes into the equation.

Living in the Western Arctic two degrees inside the Arctic … Continue reading

The Landing Resort & Spa Named a TripAdvisor Top Lakeside Hotel in the World


The Landing Resort & Spa, Lake Tahoe’s first five-star boutique lakeside resort, has been named one of the “World’s Top 10 Picture Perfect Lakeside Hotels” by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, announced The Landing’s owners, Jim and Nancy Demetriades. … Continue reading

CLIF Bar’s Meet the Moment Campaign

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CLIF Bar’s Meet the Moment campaign inspires people to explore the outdoors and embark on a new adventure. If people post an image to their social channels with #MeetTheMoment, CLIF Bar will donate $1 to an environmental non-profit.

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RootsRated Launches Outdoor Adventure App


RootsRated, the online resource for “where to go outdoors,” has introduced its new RootsRated mobile app for iPhone. Flooded with helpful reviews and inspiring photography, the RootsRated app sources local grassroots knowledge to offer the most up-to-date, verified information on … Continue reading

New bill aims to get kids outside and healthy


A new bill from Senator Mark Udall and Rep. Ron Kind aims to get kids (and their parents) back outside to improve their health and their connections to the great outdoors.

The “Healthy Kids Outdoor Act” will encourage states and … Continue reading

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Launches “Zoom in to the Appalachian Trail” Photo Contest


The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is now accepting submissions for its “Zoom in to the Appalachian Trail” photo contest, a nationwide search for the best photos featuring close-up shots of the details that make up the Appalachian Trail (A.T.).

The … Continue reading

Paul Smith’s College and Cornell University Unite for the Environment


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

The Traveling Snowshoer: CINQ Enhances On-the-Go Productivity


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.

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Fimbulvetr – A new direction in snowshoes. For backcountry professionals. Made in Norway.

Visit http://www.fimbulvetr.no for more information.

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Top Five Ways to Say “We Heart Vail Snow” for Families


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

Let’s Stomp on Breast Cancer: Snowshoe Event in Ontario

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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

National Wildlife Federation Launches Online Community to Connect Kids with Wildlife


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

Learn Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing for Free on January 11


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

Families Invited to Ski, Stay and Celebrate at Jackson Ski Touring this Holiday Season

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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

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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

Get Off the Couch and On the Snow During Winter Trails Day – Jan. 11, 2014


Details surrounding Winter Trails DaySnowSports 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 Introduces Trackers Skishoes, a Combination Ski and Snowshoe

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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

Colorado Ski Country USA Resorts Measuring Snowfall in Feet


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

It’s Fun to Snowshoe at the YMCA of the Rockies


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

Block and Tackle: A Snowshoer’s Guide to Apple iPhone 5 Protection

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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

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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

U.S. Forest Service offers new digital maps for mobile devices


The U.S. Forest Service now offers access to a variety of visitor maps for people using Android and iOS devices.

“This mobile app makes it easier than ever to plan your visit to a national forest or grassland,” said U.S. … Continue reading

KEEN Launches Fan-Powered Grant Program: The KEEN Effect


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

Ben Saunders’ Scott Expedition Begins

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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

Happy 10th Anniversary, Snowshoe Magazine!


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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 … Continue reading

Anatomy of a Snowshoe

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In Its Third Year, the Northern Rockies Avalanche Safety Workshop Attracts Snow Safety Leaders


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

The Current and Future Lineup of Atlas Snowshoes

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Take Your Kids for a Walk on the Wild Side


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

KEEN Footwear | CNX – Lightweight Protection for Brave New Toes

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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

Top 21 Weatherproof Products and Aluma-Tough Tags

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Winter Mountain Games Presented by Eddie Bauer – A Video by Snowshoe Magazine

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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:

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Bend, Oregon Hosts Snowshoe National Championships


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

Footwear and Snowshoeing: What to Keep in Mind

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KEEN Unveils New Lightweight, Versatile Footwear For Men, Women and Kids

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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

Tubbs Snowshoes Giveaway!


In partnership with Tubbs Snowshoes and iNeverSolo.com, Snowshoe Magazine is giving away a pair of Tubbs FLEX ALP snowshoes (either men’s or women’s).

For more details, visit https://www.ineversolo.com/giveaway/.

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Beaver Creek’s Final Snowshoe Race of Winter Running Series on March 3


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

Winter Trails 2013 at Snow Mountain Ranch

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Ideal Conditions Greet Racers At Grouse Mountain’s Annual Snowshoe Grind Mountain Run


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

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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

Outdoor USA Magazine Announces the 2012 Outdoor Industry Awards Winners

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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

Colorado Resorts Benefit From Mid Season Powder Play

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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 Winter and Summer Market Tradeshows to Remain in Salt Lake City Through 2016


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

Strong Turnout for Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing for Winter Trails Day 2013


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

SIA Collaborates with K.I.D.S. to Collect Winter Clothes for Children Affected by Hurricane


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

Beaver Creek’s Winter Running Series Brings Snowshoe Competitions and More


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 Snowshoe series consists of three races beginning on Jan. 6, 2013 at Creekside Park. The second … Continue reading

North America’s Top 10 Snowshoe-friendly Ski Resorts


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

2013 Special Olympics Team USA Snowshoers Head to Korea for 10th World Winter Games


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

Try Snowshoeing for Free! Winter Trails Day is Saturday, January 12

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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
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The 2013 Season’s First Mad Trapper Snowshoe Race in Quebec

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MSR Mourns the Loss of Climbing Legend, Gear Inventor and Friend, Bill Forrest


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

Lake Tahoe Resorts Leading the Country in Snowfall, Twenty Feet and Counting


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 and Telluride Ski Resort Kick Off Winter with a 3-Day Ski Vacation Giveaway


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

Nearly a Meter of Snow Falls in Eight Days at Sun Peaks


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 Helps Burn Extra Calories During Holidays


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

Winter Storms Envelop Colorado Ski Country


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

Beaver Creek Running Series: Snowshoe Edition


The first race of the “Beaver Creek Running Series: Snowshoe Edition” is less than one month away.

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

SIA Consumer Website Snowlink.com Gets Make-Over, Adds Fresh Content for 2012/13 Season


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

ColdPruf Reveals New Premium Performance Style


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

Win a Trip to Taos While Helping Wild Earth Llama Adventures Rescue Unwanted Llamas


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

Hartmark and Scott to Compete in the 2013 La Ciaspolada Snowshoe Race in Italy

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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 … Continue reading

Hydro Flasks for the Cold, the Hot, and the Snuggly


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

Kootenay Rockies: Buckle-up for a Snowshoe Safari in Fernie


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 Winter Market 2013 Continues Focus on Backcountry and New Attendee Areas


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; Stevens Pass to Open the Entire Mountain


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

Report: Tough Times for U.S. Winter Tourism Industry if Climate Change Goes Unaddressed


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

Vermont Ski Resorts Boast Record Openings

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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 … Continue reading

The New Year Brings Winter Events and Family-Friendly Fun in the Adirondack Region

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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 … Continue reading

Liberty Bottleworks Searching for Sustainability Officers to Promote Green Living

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

Staying Sun-AWARE This Winter

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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

Ambler Donates Half of Online Sales to Charity

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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’s Award-winning GPS Watch Poised for 2.0 Upgrade


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 Announces 2013 Regional Updates

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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

High Fives Foundation Releases Avalanche Awareness Video

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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

Lake Tahoe: The Who, What, When and Fun

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Patagonia’s Advocate Stitch Shoe for Après-Adventures

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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

The Hi-Tec Highly Breathable, Highly Lightweight Adventure Shoe


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

A Scree Shield for the Rockiest of Hikes, Snowiest of Trails

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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 Coldest Journey Chooses ColdAvenger for Antarctic Record Attempt


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 voted No.1 snowshoe friendly ski resort in North America


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

Airlite Inflatable Snowshoe Wins First Place at Arctic Innovation Competition


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 Launches Digital Buyer’s Guide for Snowshoes and Accessories

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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

SIA Presents Industry Achievement Award to Mary Jo Tarallo


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

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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

Break Your Own Trail

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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

From Fall Foliage to Winter Resort Brilliance: The State of the Green Mountain State


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 Mountain

Bromley is getting ready to undergo a much … Continue reading

Sugar Bowl Inks Deal to Operate Royal Gorge Cross-Country Ski Resort as Conservation Purchase Nears


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

Mountain Masochist Trail Run Celebrates 30th Anniversary


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

National Wildlife Federation Annouces Three-Year Goal to Get 10 Million Kids Outdoors


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 Will Keep Zipline Open This Winter


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

Free Opie Gone Bad Concert on October 22 at The Ginn Mill Benefits Ski Denver


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

Final Reports Confirm Outdoor Retailer Summer Market Delivers Record Participation


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 Offers Steamy Après-Ski Experience

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, 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 the United States last year, so … Continue reading

Northern Rockies Avalanche Safety Workshop Returns to Whitefish


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 BioLite Stove Proves that Innovation Changes Lives (and Saves Lives)


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 Announces Best Snow Guarantee, Expanded Ski Terrain

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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 is Official Headwear Sponsor of the 2012 U.S. National Snowshoe Team


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

Vasque is Official Footwear Sponsor of the U.S. National Snowshoe Team


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

KEEN’s Worldwide Recess Day Celebrates Play Around the Globe on September 14

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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 Explore Changing Arctic Ocean

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

Winter Trails Day 2013: Free Snowshoe Demos and More


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

KEEN Newport H2 Sandals Change Summer Fun Forever


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

The NOW Energy Bar Wins “Best of Snow” Award from Snowshoe Magazine


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

Blundstone 490 Boot: Durable, Tough, Not Over-Engineered


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

2012 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market Sheds Light on New Tech, New Gear, New Opportunities


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 Season Passes and Tickets to Include Snowshoeing, More

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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

The 2012/2013 Winter: Snowshoeing Has the Momentum


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

An MS150 to Remember: From Westminster to Ft. Collins and Back


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

Edison Nation Seeks New Innovations in Outdoor Technology For Discovery Expedition Brand

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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

Snowshoe Designers Paul and Darlene Bergren Receive 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowship

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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 Sponsors Breast Cancer Fund’s 13th Annual Climb Against the Odds


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

Wildlife Federation Presents Great American Backyard Campout

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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

Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC) Announces New Partnership with Industry Leaders


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

Thermal Bar: Edible Warmth for the Body’s Core


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

National Park Week, April 21-29, Features Free Admission and Nationwide Events

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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

Celebrate Winter Fun, Win the Ultimate Nordic Winter Getaway in British Columbia

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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

February, March Give Way to the New Champions of Snowshoe Racing

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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 … Continue reading

World Snowshoe Championship Race Results – Quebec City

David Le Pohro, men's division winner of the World Snowshoe Champs in Quebec City.

Results of the World Snowshoe Championship Races in Quebec

Maria Grazia Roberti, women’s division winner of the World Snowshoe Champs in Quebec City. Photo credit : Luc Hamel

David Le Pohro, men’s division winner of the World Snowshoe Champs in

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A Land Flowing with HoneyMilk


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

A Season with the KEEN Revel Boots


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

Bend, Oregon to Host 2013 Snowshoe National Championships March 15-17


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

Spring Break on Snowshoes in Rocky Mountain National Park

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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.

With several outfitters offering rentals and … Continue reading

The 2012 U.S. National Snowshoe Teams


Snowshoe Magazine would like to congratulate the 2012 U.S. National Snowshoe Teams:

Junior Boys:
Mitchell Kasyon – Colorado
Postyn Smith – Colorado
Sam Sahli – Colorado

Junior Girls:
Samantha Lewis – Colorado
McKenna Ramsay – Colorado
Melissa Tekippe – Wisconsin… Continue reading

Photos: The 2012 Dion USSSA Nationals Snowshoe Championships

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GrandHuts.org Full Moon Snowshoeing and Progressive Dinner at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Colorado


All photos by Nathan Hindman – http://pangaea-expeditions.com/

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Video: Middaugh Wins Eukanuba Snowshoe 10K and Bud Light Vail Uphill


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

2012 Winter Teva Mountain Games – Vail, Colo.

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Atlas Snowshoe is the Official Snowshoe Sponsor of 2012 Teva Winter Mountain Games


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

Photos by Eli Frick – Full Moon Snowshoeing and Progressive Dinner, Devil’s Thumb Ranch

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The USSSA to Offer All-Military Snowshoe Racing Division at Frisco Champs


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

Racing Snowshoe Comparison Video

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

Tubbs Romp to Stomp Breaks Records: Stratton Event Raises Over $91,000


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 Night Skies Provide Perfect Backdrop For Winter Activities


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

Beginner Snowshoes Comparison Video

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

Recreational Snowshoes Comparison Video

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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

Go-anywhere/All-Terrain Snowshoes Comparison Video

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

Winter Trails Day Returns: Free Snowshoeing & Cross Country Skiing Across U.S. on Jan. 7

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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

Expedition/Backcountry Snowshoes Comparison Video

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

Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series 2012 Schedule Announced


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

New Multi-season MSR SureLock Poles Unveiled


Cascade Designs announced the 2012 launch of a new MSR SureLock pole line featuring a patent-pending, positive-locking adjustment system that eliminates pole slippage.

The new MSR SureLock pole designs feature three major boosts in technology:

SureLock Adjustment System: Unlike friction-based… Continue reading

Post-holiday Outdoor Gear Essentials for Snowshoers


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 –

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Brooks Range Isto Jacket Ideal as Snowshoeing Layer


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 Raffling Off 5-Day Taos Adventure to Save Abandoned, Unwanted Llamas

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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

The North Face Snowshoe Combo: Jacket, Pants, Boots and Backpack

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

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ChukGrips Transform Everyday Trekking Poles into Essential Snowshoeing Equipment


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

Crested Butte Nordic Features a New Season Of Fine Dining at Their Backcountry Yurt


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

The North Face Commander Jacket Takes Command on the Snowshoe Trails


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

Devil’s Thumb Ranch Holiday Fête: Deschutes Beer Dinner, Holiday Gift Market and Tommelfest


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

Backcountry-Telemark Boots & Bindings

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.

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Crystal Mountain and Alta Crystal Resorts Offer Great Family Snowshoeing Deals


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

Backcountry-Telemark Skis

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.

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The Patagonia R4: A Universal Fleece Jacket with Polartec Windbloc Technology


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

Gear Review: Chaco Arbora Tall Waterproof Nurl Boots

To purchase the Chaco Arbora Tall Waterproof Nurl boots, click here.

For more information on the Chaco Arbora Tall Waterproof Nurl boots, visit http://bit.ly/tZM77b.… Continue reading

Sport-Racing Skate Skis, Boots, Bindings & Poles

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.

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Snowshoe Racing at its Best: Five Events that will Inspire Spirited Competition


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

Ski Lake Tahoe Resorts Open with Outstanding Early Season Conditions, Party Atmosphere


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

Infographic: Buying a Winter Jacket

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Out-the-Back-Door Exploring Skis, Boots, Bindings & Poles

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 Unveils New Restaurant Concept and Amenities for Snowshoeing Season


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


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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, … Continue reading

All Recreational Touring Cross Country Ski Equipment

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

MSR’s Lightning Snowshoes Deliver Traction, Versatility and Efficiency


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.

“Our number … Continue reading

Cathleen Calkins’ Valdez Photos

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The KEEN Brixen Low: Perfect for Snowshoeing and Après-snowshoe

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Fun Snowshoeing Photos – From Our Facebook Page


Add your snowshoeing photos to our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/snowshoemag

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Snowshoeing First-timers: Outfitting Dave


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:

Arc’teryx Gamma MX Softshell Jacket – Men’s: http://bit.ly/vg8I4c

The North … Continue reading

New Nonstop Flights From Around the World Jettison Visitors onto Colorado Ski Slopes


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

National Park Service Director Touts Health Benefits of Parks

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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

Massachusetts Woman Sweeps National Orienteering Championships


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 launches KNOW Boundaries series to promote snow safety


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

Introducing the Snowshoes.com Get Going! Workshop Series at REI


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

November Launches Winter Fun in Gunnison-Crested Butte, Colorado


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

Forêt Montmorency: Host Site of the 2012 World Snowshoe Championship


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

Celebrate the Holiday Season with Woodstock’s Winter Wassail Weekend


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

New Equipment to Extend Winter Season at Waterville Valley Resort


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

Lake Tahoe Resorts Enhance Guest Experience with Nearly $100 Million in Capital Improvements


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

Easton Mountain Products

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Write a haiku about a favorite snowshoeing trail & win Easton ATR-75 snowshoe trekking poles. Full rules and where to submit: http://on.fb.me/qxWRpPContinue reading

National Park Foundation Announces 10 Ways for Kids to Play in America’s National Parks

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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 ...

Columbus Day Weekend at Stratton Mountain Resort: Brewfest, Chili Cookoff, Live Music and More

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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...

U.S. Forest Service Launches Expanded Fall Colors 2011 Website

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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...

The United States Snowshoe Association Prepares for the 2011/2012 Race Season


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. 

Boondocking, Highmarking and Spatial Variability on the Agenda at Regional Avalanche Workshop

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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...

Celebrate National Public Lands Day Events at National Wildlife Refuges Nationwide

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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...

ColdAvenger Donates Cold Weather Gear to Clothes4Souls Nonprofit

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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...

How to be Prepared for Tick Season

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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...

An External Frame Pack for the Masses: Outdoorsmans Optics Hunter by Wilderness Athlete


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. 

Batman’s Jacket: The Nau Asylum

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! 

Batman’s Backpack: The Deuter Freerider Pro 30


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. 

US Forest Service Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Provides Incredible Tourist Experience

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![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...]]>

OAK Makes a Move to Get More Kids Active Outdoors in Support of America’s Great Outdoors and Let’s Move Outside

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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...

Denver Beer Fest Returns: Third Annual Celebration of All Things Beer Features 200 Suds-Centric Events

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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...

Colorado’s Triple Crown of Running Creates New Bucket List Event

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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...

Greenland Announces First Ever Social Media Campaign: Destination Arctic Circle

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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...

Inhale the Outdoors, Exhale the Office – A Review of the Mile High Mountaineering Flatiron 38 Pack


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.

June is Great Outdoors Month: Get Outside and Enjoy a World of Green

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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...

Taos Coffee Shop Draws National Attention for Rock-Solid Beverage Using Natural Stones

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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...

Robert Cray Completes the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Lineup

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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...

Take a hike, plant a tree: Every hike plants a tree and every hiker can win Oboz footwear

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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...

SIA Signs Reese Brown to Head Up Nordic Outreach

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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 ...

SylvanSport’s FindTheGO Contest Enters Homestretch; More Than $15,000 in Outdoor Gear Still Hidden

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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...

Apa Sherpa Tops His own World Record on Mt. Everest

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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...

Gear Review: SteriPEN Adventurer Opti with Solar Charging Case


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 Wins Top Honors at Utah Innovation Awards

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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 ...

The eVent Waterproof Membrane, the Rab Latok Alpine Jacket…


...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.  

Restore, Revive & Rejuvenate: Devil’s Thumb Ranch Yoga & Spa Retreat June 3-5

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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,...

Brooks-Range Mountaineering Becomes Primary Sponsor of the 2011 U.S. National Snowshoe Team

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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...

Inspired by Everest, Blessed by Buddhist Prayer Flags: Sherpa Adventure Gear Goes the Distance


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.    

MSR Reactor Stove Wins Alpinist Mountain Standards Award

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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...

Easton Mountain Products Welcomes Outdoor Industry Veteran

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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...

Maria Icenogle Begins Her Appalachian Trail Journey


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.

Oboz Firebrand II: Rock Solid, Waterproof Shoes for the Snow, Ice, Dirt and Mud


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.

Outdoor Industry Association Celebrates Proclamation of Colorado Outdoor Stewardship Day

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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...

KEEN Officially Proclaims ‘Recess Is Back’

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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...

The Marmot Variant Jacket Fuses Insulation and Performance


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.

Thinsulate Thermal Insoles: Offering Snowshoeing and Trail Running Footwear New Life


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.

Easton Mountain Products Adds an Ultra-Lightweight Trekking Pole to its Backcountry Line

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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...

Atlas Snow-Shoe Co.’s Connor Folley Talks About the New Aspect Backcountry Snowshoes

Atlas Snow-Shoe Co.’s Connor Folley Talks About the New Aspect Backcountry Snowshoes

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Atlas Snow-Shoe Co.’s Connor Folley Discusses the Benefits of the 12 Series Snowshoe

Atlas Snow-Shoe Co.’s Connor Folley Discusses the Benefits of the 12 Series Snowshoe

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TreadFest 2011: Benefiting the National Sports Center for the Disabled & The American Red Cross Mile High Chapter

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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...

Phillip Smith’s Snowshoe Racing Gear Round Up

Phillip Smith's Snowshoe Racing Gear Round Up

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Icebreaker Socks Designed With Snowshoers in Mind


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.

KEEN Recess Challenge: Snowshoeing at Vail Pass

KEEN Recess Challenge: Snowshoeing at Vail Pass

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KEEN Alaska Boots: Ideal for Polar Expeditions and Snow Shoveling Excursions


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.  

On the Trail, On the Way to the Trail, In the Office – The Hydro Flask is a Workhorse


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, Mile High Achievement

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).  

Start of the Women’s 10K Race – The 2011 Dion Snowshoes USSSA National Snowshoe

Start of the Women’s 10K Race – The 2011 Dion Snowshoes USSSA National Snowshoe

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Start of the Men’s 10K Race – The 2011 Dion Snowshoes USSSA National Snowshoe Championships

Start of the Men’s 10K Race – The 2011 Dion Snowshoes USSSA National Snowshoe Championships

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Start of the Junior Race – The 2011 Dion Snowshoes USSSA National Snowshoe Championships

Start of the Junior Race – The 2011 Dion Snowshoes USSSA National Snowshoe Championships

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The 2011 Snowshoe Magazine Cindy Brochman Memorial Person of the Year Award

The 2011 Snowshoe Magazine Cindy Brochman Memorial Person of the Year Award

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Cascade Designs Sends Relief Supplies to Japan through Operation USA

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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...

Storms Deliver Over Eight Feet of New Snow, Extend Season for Ski Lake Tahoe Resorts

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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 ...

Yukon Charlie’s Launches New Interactive Website

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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...

The Art of Snowshoeing Perfected by the Québécoise


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.

Recharge and Renew at the Sun Valley Wellness Festival

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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...

Glenfiddich Explorers: Top Snowshoeing Locations Around the World


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.  

National Parks Offer Free Entrance, April 16-24

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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...

Wuksachi Lodge Celebrates ‘Earth Hour 2011’ March 26

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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...

Telemark Resort Continues its Legacy as a Wisconsin Snowshoeing Destination

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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...

Dinner and a Snowshoe: An Evening at Devil’s Thumb Ranch


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....

Breaking Trail in the Unbroken Snow Layers of Northwest Montana


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

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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...

Forest Service Exceeds 2010 Goal to Reduce Wildfire Risk

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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...

Army Releases Public Service Announcement on Adaptive Sports for Wounded Warriors

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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...

The Final Event of the 2011 Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series is a Go!

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(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...

The Top of Desert Mountain, Montana

The Top of Desert Mountain, Montana

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

America’s Great Outdoors Initiative Reconnects Children, Youth and Families with Nature

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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...

Andrew Ferguson Takes the 2011 Winter Warrior Snowshoe Race

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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...

Columbia Heat Elite Jacket and Mountain Guard Hat Offer Omni-Heat Snowshoeing Science


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.  

State Snowshoe Championships 2/12/11

State Snowshoe Championships 2/12/11

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

Traveling to Quebec City with the KEEN Anchorage Boots


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.

Olympian and Paralympian Team To Compete at the Seventh Pentathlon des neiges La Vie Sportive

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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...

The North Face Dirty Feet Snowshoe Fun Run

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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...

The Yeti XC: Mt. Washington Post Race Report

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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 ...

Celebrate Winter Fun and Win The Ultimate Nordic Winter Getaway in British Columbia

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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...

Quebec CMQ Canoe Race Amazes!


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.

Josiah Middaugh, Anita Ortiz Dominate Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Race

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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...

Quebec City – St. Lawrence River (Feb. 4, 2011)

Quebec City – St. Lawrence River (Feb. 4, 2011)

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

GV Snowshoes to Launch Mountain Extreme 825 and Mountain Extreme 830 Snowshoes


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 To Be Held Sunday, Feb. 6

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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...

Progressive Bonfire Dinner on Skis or Snowshoes in Crested Butte, Colorado

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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...

Montrail Announces 2011 Trail Running Team

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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...

Tubbs Romp to Stomp Shatters Records: Stratton Event Raises Over $80,000 for Susan G. Komen

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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 ...

The SCARPA Kailash GTX Boots Reflect a Rich History of Craftsmanship and Durability


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.  

Top Orienteers in the United States Announced

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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...

Toboggan Championships Cap Weekend of Family Winter Activities

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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 ...

Mountain Guide Dave Hahn Offers His Top Tips For Beating the Cold

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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 ...

More Baby Boomers Play Extreme Sports and Take Their Lumps

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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...

Newly Announced Winter Teva Mountain Games to Include Snowshoeing


“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 Omni-Dry Truth: Columbia Peak 2 Peak Jacket


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?

Dressed for Success: Mammut Allows Snowshoers to Go ‘Absolute Alpine’


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 Petitions International Olympic Committee for Liquid Mountaineering Recognition

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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...

The Yeti: Celebrating 10 Years of Snowshoe Racing

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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