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Tips And Tricks: Snow Safety

Thinking about venturing into the backcountry? Brent Phillips shares his tips to follow before we take off.

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How To: Ice Fishing

Photo: Megan Porter

There’s something absolutely zen about ice fishing. Maybe it’s the sitting in the middle of a frozen river or lake, staring into a tortilla-sized hole in the ice, snuggled warm in layers of down, and hugging a thermos of hot cocoa. There’s the occasional flock of Canada geese filling the sky or the curious moose venturing out to see what all the excitement is about. Sure, it’s cold and somewhat remote–but dress right (read: very warmly) and it’s as if you’ve created your own secret version of winter.

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Tips And Tricks: Skiing Steeps

Derek Foose tells us the keys to entering steep terrain. No more seeing difficult lines only to avoid them!

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Travel: Arapahoe Basin, Colorado

Photo: Colorado Ski Country USA

Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin Resort is awash in superlatives (and don’t worry—we’ll get to them). But its legion of impressive assets can accurately be summarized in two words, words that the resort has pretty much owned since it opened with a rope tow back in 1946: The Legend.
To people who have been here, the reasons are simple and undeniable: pure, electric Rocky Mountain skiing and snowboarding, with a dizzying number of runs threading across a peak that stands shoulders above all other Colorado resorts. Truly epic runs that can stretch up to 1.5 miles in length, paired with a low-key, no-frills vibe that permeates the mountain and takes over the parking lot when the lifts close.

 

And to those who haven’t visited A Basin, it’s one of the few places in ski lore that exceeds its reputation.

Here are a few reasons why….

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Tips And Tricks: Choosing A Line

Crystal Rose Lee shows us how to do a little route finding through steep and variable conditions.

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Travel: Where to Fat Bike

Once thought to be a passing fad, fat biking is here to stay. Created in the ’80s in Alaska as a way to continue riding through the long winter season, these floating beasts are now quickly becoming fixtures on groomed multi-use trails, Nordic centers, and ski resorts across the country. As the name explains, these bikes have massive tires that can find traction–and control–on snow. And although you won’t be setting any land speed records, you will certainly enjoy the fact you are still pedaling in February. Here are five of our favorite fat biking destinations.

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Tips And Tricks: Assessing Steep Terrain

Chad Hendren, of Extremely Canadian, shows us how to access steep terrain and ski with confidence.

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Good To Know: Pond Hockey

“Bringing Hockey Back to the Basics,” is the slogan for the Pond Hockey Classic a series of tournaments developed in New Hampshire in 2009. Now hundreds of teams from across the country compete for a spot in the event. There are open leagues (like the Labatt Blue Balls from Boston), age group teams (like the U35 Live Free and Dangle from Londonderry, NH), women’s teams (Miss Conduct from Hingham, MA), and in the Twig League (Here for the Beer from Calgary, Alberta). Sure, there are tens of thousands of pick-up games across North America that start pretty much whenever it’s cold enough for the ice to form (typically from November through March), but for the serious player, this organized approach is a fun way to combine competition, adult beverages, and–hopefully–the thrill of victory.

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How To: Ski Tuning 101

You’ve spent hundreds of dollars on new alpine skis. Good first step. But now you’ve got to preserve that investment by committing to a set tuning strategy. It’ll help your ski perform better (which is always good), and will let the ski last longer (which is always great). Here are the basics.

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Tips And Tricks: Perfection Knot with Tim Babich

Tying knots in thicker lines can be tricky. Tim Babich shows us how to tie the Perfection Knot so that your life will be a little bit easier!

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