TBT TR: Skiing North and South Diamond Peaks (26 Feb 2016)

Many of you are familiar with the Throwback Thursday trip reports I’ve been doing during the last two ski seasons, where I featured all the Colorado fourteeners that I skied. While the fourteener portion of that came to a wrap last spring, the Throwback Thursday reports themselves are back in action. The first Throwback Thursday report of this season begins with a ski of North and South Diamond Peaks in northern Colorado just last year!

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Avalanche Awareness

Heuristic traps are something that every backcountry skier needs to know about, and be very aware of when making decisions in the backcountry. Frank and I have both admittedly fallen prey to these at times, and any backcountry skier who denies that they haven’t would be a liar. However, you can minimize their impacts, and being aware of HOW you think and make decisions (metacognition) can help reduce heuristic traps. In my mind, it’s a topic we can’t talk enough about, because these heuristic traps are always there and the brain works in ways that keep making them happen.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Backcountry Skiers

If you’re looking for gift ideas for backcountry skiers, then you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re looking for gift ideas for yourself or for someone else, you’ll find a wide range of selection below. Furthermore, all of the products we recommend as gifts are things that we use regularly, and that we love – they’ve passed our harsh tests. So check out the 20 gift ideas in our Holiday Gift Guide for Backcountry Skiers and you’ll likely find something for you or those that you love.

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Return of Snow Safety Sundays

We are bringing back “Snow Safety Sundays”! Every Sunday evening at 6 pm, we will feature an article or video related to snow safety that we find useful, to be posted through our Facebook and Twitter social media platforms, using the hashtag #snowsafetysunday. These articles will range from the basics to more complex decision making problems. But, we will post things that EVERYONE can learn from.

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Gear Review: Black Diamond Helio 116 Skis

Black Diamond hit the money on the Helio 116’s. They are the perfect blend of a lightweight ski that still performs well on the descent in a variety of conditions. Even with this fatter width, the Black Diamond Helio 116 skis are not just a mid-winter powder ski. The increased width improves the dampening and stability of the ski, allowing it to perform exceptionally well in variable spring conditions too. If you’re looking for a one-ski quiver for your backcountry setup, the Black Diamond Helio 116 should be at the top of your list!

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Road to Recovery – ACL Version 3.0 – Week 1

As with so many things including ski mountaineering itself, recovery is as much mental as it is physical. I’m not gonna deny that I’ve had a couple of breakdowns. But, I worked through them. And overall, I’m feeling pretty positive about my surgery and recovery. My road to recovery has just started and it will be a long, long road… But, it’s off to a fairly good start!

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The Waiting Game

While most Colorado winter enthusiasts loudly wait for winter, wishing that Mother Nature would turn on her frozen faucet, I have been patiently waiting – quietly on the sidelines… For the first time that I could ever remember, actually hoping that it didn’t snow. Not until November 15th anyway. It’s been a waiting game. I’ve been in limbo since discovering I had a torn ACL and meniscus in my left knee back in July.

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TR: Salida Riding – Arkansas Hills – Cottonwood Tour

Salida is probably more known for its riding off of Monarch Pass along the Monarch Crest. While variations of the Monarch Crest are certainly awesome, Salida also has some great other riding options. Back in mid-Septemeber a front was passing through and I didn’t want to ride in the pouring rain, or potentially snow, in Crested Butte. I was looking for a good desert ride that was not too far away from home and the Arkansas Hills Trail System, off of the S-Mountain, fit the bill.

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TR: Mountain Biking in Snowmass (1 Oct 2016)

The first weekend in October took us to Aspen for our friend Jordan’s Wedding. With it being peak leaf time over there and the forecast looking pretty good, we planned for some adequate time for riding. Day one we landed in Hay Park outside of Carbondale. For days 2 and 3 we ended up enjoying the company of riding with our Carbondale-based friend Ann. For day 3 Ann thrilled us with a ride of epic proportions on Red Table and Basalt Mountains. Day 2, however was a bit more mellow, sticking to enjoying the fall colors while mountain biking in Snowmass on more established trails. The riding was fantastically beautiful and amazingly fun.

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