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As skiers, we either have them or we have friends who have them—those furry creatures that freak out in a snow frenzy anytime they’re let loose on a mountain. We have dogs. They’re Saint Bernards, Labs, Australian Shepherds, Poodles, mutts, and everything in between. They’re big and small with long hair, short hair, tails, and no tails. And no matter what they are, they love you. They adore skiers and snowboarders because they appreciate a day in the mountains just as much as we do. They’re keen to burrow in the snow and play with friends. They enjoy charging downhill [...]
In ski areas around the world there are stories that live in the parking lot: vans, RVs, buses, and campers host ski bums, families, keeners, and winter road warriors. In an epic conglomeration of winter culture grows the parking lot scene. Pre-powder prep, après celebrations, and late-night snow dancing can be found in these temporary little winter cities with everyone sharing just one common connection, a love for the snow. Everyone knows the guys, gals, and campers that religiously flood their local hill’s parking lot every winter. They know the campers from the outside and the characters within—the frenzied skiers [...]
Cody Peak, the first prominent summit on the skyline south of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, is a dominant feature in the Jackson backcountry and home to a number of ultra-classic ski descents. The top of the tram, with Cody beckoning to the south, is one of those places that’s impossible to forget, where the memory of the view seems to get more spectacular as it ages. Cody’s rocky north ridge is one of my favorite spots on the planet, and arguably one of the best approach hikes in the world of skiing. It’s an incredible backyard adventure in serious, consequential [...]
Five-time Olympian and World Cup champion Billy Demong’s currently kickin’ back in Sochi, presumably with a leopard cub on his lap and a coffee-table book of Putin photos in hand, as he waits for the chance to defend his Nordic Combined gold. Before he headed off to the Black Sea, he stopped by the Utah Olympic Park to offer up some pointers on how to improve skate-skiing form. It’s not every day that you get tips from an Olympian, so pay careful attention and you’ll become a rocket-powered racer before Billy’s back in the USA with his next haul of precious medals. [...]
Have you ever jumped on a chairlift with a stranger who changed your day? Someone who wasn’t your age and didn’t like to ski where you do, but made you stoked and smiley because they just love moving over snow? We’ve met so many of these people during the 16,000 miles that we’ve traveled with the tiny house. From folks who could be our grandparents to kids who looked at us as “old,” the people of winter have time and time again reminded us why skiing is so powerful. Alta, Jackson, Whitewater, Myoko, Steven’s Pass, Sun Valley, Valle Nevado, Bachelor, [...]
In the most recent episode of Salomon Freeski TV, “24 Hours,” we criss-cross through the lives of athletes Bobby Brown, Mark Abma, and Seb Eaves over a 24-hour period. It’s a day-in-the-life of freeskiing like you’ve never seen it. Switchback Entertainment’s Jeff Thomas delivered the post below, reflecting on the dynamics of one production being in three different places at once. Jeff Thomas, Switchback Entertainment Freeskiing is a diverse sport with many disciplines, and as the sport continues to evolve, skiers find themselves focusing on their own passions within the world of freeskiing. In the 24 Hours episode, we wanted [...]
In August of 2013, we traveled to Bolivia. It was the craziest place we’ve ever been! This remote country has been on our radar ever since we became obsessed with riding mountains and fly fishing, but it always seemed untouchable. All we wanted to do was catch a big golden dorado on the fly in a jungle choked, Amazonian headwater stream, but the trip evolved into something much greater. With the help of our friends Patrick Taendler, Federico Marancenbaum, and The Green Forest Lodge at Caño Negro, we had a rare opportunity to fish for a grand slam in the [...]
In this Sweetgrass Productions short, Backcountry athlete Molly Baker reflects on how skiing has provided her with direction, purpose, and the most compelling challenge of her life. Living the life of a ski bum, Molly has come to feel that big mountains and wide open spaces are more like home than anywhere else, and it’s those places that make her feel the most alive. As Molly says, “Whether it’s wind on your face, or feeling sunburnt, or feeling really happy in a powder turn…people want to feel something that’s real.” Check out Molly Baker in the Tiny House Tour 2014: [...]
Salomon FreeskiTV’s Episode 6, “The Architect” takes a look at the changing face of ski areas through the eyes of Ryley Thesen, one of the world’s leading ski-resort designers. Backcountry.com athlete Leo Ahrens, Vincent Gagnier, and Simon Ericson met up in China to check out the designer’s work first-hand and experience the potential of an emerging ski industry. In the post below, Leo recaps his curiosity going into this unforgettable episode. As I find myself shuffling through the Salt Lake City International Airport with a pair of ski boots on my shoulder and a plane ticket in my hand, I can’t help [...]
Hundreds of ski boots have walked the bamboo floors of the Tiny House. Many different skiers have rested their heads for the night near the small, warm fire. And many ski-fueling meals have been cooked in our small kitchen. After two seasons of living the tiny life, we’ve thought of plenty of ways to keep consolidating, simplifying, and beautifying our small space. A priority for season three was a list of renovations. Small changes in 112 square feet can have major implications. Yes, the Tiny House now has a shower—an outdoor shower, but still a shower. Warm water to rinse [...]
Backcountry ski athletes Kim Havell and Chris Davenport recently sat down together to talk shop on Outside Today. In addition to sharing memories of a past ski mountaineering trip up the Grand Teton and hinting at a future expedition in Antarctica, Kim and Chris both reflect on the great teamwork involved in their recent projects with backcountry.com, which helped to communicate a shared passion for mountain sports.
Mountain Hardwear proudly presents Days of My Youth, a new film from Red Bull Media House and MSP Films, featuring backcountry.com athletes Cody Townsend and Michelle Parker. Days of My Youth will portray the joys and struggles of shredding in the big-mountain arena and will showcase the delight of childlike discovery that skiing can offer as more than just a form of recreation, but as a way of life. Look for it Fall 2014. For more great MSP Films check out McConkey and Superheroes of Stoke.
Suspension maintenance is key to ensuring that your bike rides as well on day 100 as it does when you first get it on the trail. In this video, FOX RACING SHOX outside technician Louis Angeley goes over the routine maintenance and service required to keep your FOX forks and shocks running at their best. This video covers: Wiping down stanchions after every ride Oil change intervals Air spring service intervals Damper service intervals For more information on FOX RACING SHOX’s forks and shocks check out: Basic Overview of FOX RACING SHOX’s CTD Damper FOX RACING SHOX: How to [...]
Packed with travel bags stretched at the seams, Sam Cohen and Zach Halverson board a jet plane in search of the powder paradise of their dreams; Japan. There, the two meet up with fellow skier Bryce Phillips to explore the notoriously mystical Japanese forests and pristine upper alpine. Get ready for a trip of a lifetime with “Hakuba” from Dubsatch Collective.
FOX RACING SHOX has become a leader in mountain bike suspension due to the cutting-edge technologies that it employs in all of its components. In this video, Outside Technician, Louis Angeley, walks you through the most noteworthy tech employed in FOX’s forks and shocks. This Video Covers: CTD Damper Adjustment FIT (FOX Isolated Technology) Sealed Dampers Air Springs (Short Travel, Long Travel, and TALAS) Kashima Coating For more information on FOX RACING SHOX’s forks and shocks check out: Basic Overview of FOX RACING SHOX’s CTD Damper FOX RACING SHOX: How to Adjust Your Sag FOX RACING SHOX: How to [...]
WARM UP Campus board training can take a toll on your joints and tendons, making a thorough warm-up absolutely essential before you start a workout. To avoid injury and get the greatest gains in strength, approach the campus board the same way you would a hard route or boulder problem. Boulder lightly for 30 to 40 minutes or up until the point when you feel like you’re really ready to try hard. Make sure to start slow and gradually increase the difficulty. After the warm up, stretch and rest for at least 10 minutes before starting on the campus board. [...]
Suspension setup is critical to keeping you in control, and Rebound, in particular, is both important and often misunderstood. In this video, FOX RACING SHOX’s Outside Technician. Louis Angeley, shows you how to achieve your ideal rebound settings. Tips Start by setting your Sag. Your rebound settings will vary with spring rate. Compress the fork, and then allow the fork to rebound without interference. Add rebound one click at a time until the front wheel stays on the ground. For more information on FOX RACING SHOX’s forks and shocks check out: FOX RACING SHOX: Technology Overview Basic Overview of [...]
If you’re the type of person who refuses to sacrifice hard earned ski habits in the name of a full time job, there’s a good chance you’re fully aware of the virtues of the dawn patrol. If not, watch backcountry veteran Andrew McLean run through the gear you’ll need to earn a few good turns before slumping into your desk for the day. Andrew McLean’s Dawn Patrol Checklist: 15-20L Ski Pack Avalanche Beacon Shovel Probe Down Jacket Food 1 Liter Water Ski Repair First Aid Kit Headlamp Related Car Duffel Essentials Day Tour Essentials Shop Shop Alpine Touring Gear & [...]
Finding your ideal suspension setup is key to getting the most out of your ride, and spring rate is arguably the most important piece of that equation. In this video, FOX RACING SHOX’s Outside Technician Louis Angeley shows you how to set your sag to achieve your ideal spring rate. Tips Start with 25% sag front and rear. You should achieve full travel at least once a ride. If you aren’t getting full travel, decrease the pressure in your air spring. If your fork is bottoming out excessively, increase pressure. Make adjustments in 5-10 PSI increments. For more information [...]
Andrew McLean has a reputation for packing light and moving fast (very fast) when he sets out on a backcountry ski tour. The video crew caught up with Andrew and had him run through the gear he packs for a full day of backcountry touring. Andrew McLean’s Day Tour Checklist: 20-35L Ski Pack Avalanche Beacon Shovel Probe Down Jacket Food Goggles 1 Liter Water Electrolyte Mix First Aid Kit Headlamp Want to explore what else is in Andrew McLean’s Pack? Car Duffel Essentials Dawn Patrol Essentials
Few skiers have logged more hours in the skin track than Backcountry athlete Andrew McLean, and from all that experience, Andrew knows exactly what he needs to have in the trunk to be prepared for just about anything old man winter throws his way. The video crew caught up with Andrew in Little Cottonwood Canyon and had him run through the contents of the gear duffel he never leaves home without. Want to explore what else is in Andrew McLean’s Pack? Day Tour Essentials Dawn Patrol Essentials
FOX RACING SHOX‘s CTD damper can be found on their 32 and 34 line of mountain bike forks along with the FLOAT rear shock. It is intended to take the pain out of finding your ideal suspension setup with a simple 3-way adjustment. Climb, Trail, Descend. CTD. Climb Climb mode firms up the feel, but stops short of acting as a true lockout, given that the blow off valve allows your suspension to move under unexpected hard hits. Trail Click the damper into the Trail mode, and you’ll find that there’s ample low-speed compression to keep the fork riding high [...]
Wearing their ski boots, Andreas Fransson, Chris Rubens, and Backcountry.com athlete Greg Hill step off a century-old fishing boat and onto the glistening slopes of the Sunnmøre Alps in Western Norway, raising the bar for ski footage as well as for their own experiences. Prepare to bliss out on Fjord: Norway from Salomon Freeski TV.
When you’re pumping out twenty feet above your last piece of gear, the last thing you want to do is fumble the clip. The video crew spent a day sport climbing with Backcountry writer Pace Measom to demonstrate two clipping techniques every climber should master before heading to the crag. Shop Climbing Gear & Equipment