Tag Archives: backcountry

Free Hurricane Ridge Pt. II Donate Now!

14 Nov 2014

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There’s vitamin D, vitamin C and vitamin E, but for folks like us, there’s vitamin SKI. Vitamin SKI makes us happy and healthy and there’s no such thing as an overdose. In Washington, a group called The Hurricane Ridge Winter Access Coalition (HRWAC) is raising funds to unleash one more dose of Vitamin SKI per week […]

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We Would Like to Hear Your Opinion…What is most important at your mountain playground?

13 Jan 2012

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What is most important at your mountain playground?survey software

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Canadian Avalanche Association Leading the Industry with Real Time “Information Exchange”

8 Feb 2011

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In the world of backcountry travel in avalanche terrain, a common refrain is that the best equipment and technology you can have are your eyes, ears and brain. Despite all of the technological advancements in avalanche rescue gear, new techniques in snow study and forecasting, imagine if a system could be created in which we […]

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Picture of the Week

29 Jan 2011

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Matt Reardon in Chamonix, France. Photo courtesy of John Norris.

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Picture of the Week

23 Jan 2011

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Forrest Coots it up in Champex Lac, Switzerland. Photo by Tom Winter

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Congrats to Greg “2 Mill” Hill

30 Dec 2010

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Mountain Rider’s Alliance would like to congratulate Greg Hill on his heroic accomplishment. The uphill specialist just completed his goal to climb 2 million vertical feet in one year. He obtained his goal with one day to spare. To reach 2 million, he needed to average approximately 5,500 vertical feet per day for one year. […]

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Winter Wildlands Alliance Executive Director Mark Menlove Inspiring Solutions Instead of Conflict

23 Dec 2010

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Mark Menlove feeling spiritual Cold snow squeaks underfoot as I follow my seven-year-old son, Asa, up a narrow ski trail in central Idaho’s spectacular backcountry. My wife, Dana, and five-year-old daughter, Etta, are not far behind us. Three other families string out along the trail sharing in this winter adventure. Asa skis on a hand-me-down […]

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Melting Memories; A Changing Face of a Beloved Sport by Meaghan McKasy

16 Dec 2010

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Through the swirling snow I could just barely make out the shapes of my fellow skiers hiking up the mountain in front of me. We were the die-hards, the ones who went into the mountains before the resorts even opened. I struggled to keep up, all too aware of my heavy rasping breath as it […]

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Alison Gannett, Pro Skier and Mother Nature Advocate, Explains Climate Disruption and the World's Largest Natural Toilet Bowl

14 Dec 2010

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Alison Gannett, Pro Skier, Global Cooling Consultant, and Founder of the Save Our Snow Foundation Our heavily loaded porters trudge slowly, as if in a mirage, up Pakistan’s Biafo Hispar Glacier — the longest glacial traverse in the world outside the polar regions. Despite the high altitude, record-breaking heat, and migraine-inducing sun, a general lack […]

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Picture of the Week

27 Nov 2010

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playing with the big dogs

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Mountain Rider's Alliance Partner, High Fives Foundation, Helping Injured Skiers and Snowboarders Turn Their Life Around

9 Nov 2010

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High Fives Foundation, Mountain Rider’s Alliance newest partner, is a source of love, inspiration and support where and when it is most needed…in the wake of a life-threatening injury. True friends come to light in times of tragedy and High Fives is showing itself to be a solid shoulder to lean on. High Fives is […]

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Getting Involved: Answering Tough Questions About Whistler

4 Nov 2010

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Written by Michel Beaudry “On a circle, an end-point can also be a starting point.” – Heraclitus, Pre-Socratic philosopher and intellectual trouble-maker Some people just never give up… Got a call recently from friend and colleague Brent Harley. “Hi Michel,” said the familiar voice on my answering machine. “I have a favor to ask you. […]

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What Do You Call Your Home Mountain?

28 Oct 2010

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What nickname was bestowed upon the mountains that taught you the joys of skiing? For those living in Europe, Hausberg is the title given…or, as described by Bob Berwyn in his article, Skiing: The Hausberg, “In German-speaking Alpine regions of Europe, many towns have a place name for their local ski hill; it’s called Der […]

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Resorting to Madness, Part 2

26 Oct 2010

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Written by Hunter Sykes, devotee of all things mountain related, sustainability consultant, Monterey Institute of International Studies graduate in International Environmental Policy and documentary filmmaker of Resorting to Madness In the past two decades, the ski industry has experienced an enormous increase in terrain expansions, infrastructure improvements and real estate development at the expense of […]

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Resorting to Madness: Taking Back our Mountain Communities, Part 1

19 Oct 2010

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The first of a two part post, written by Darren Campbell, an avid skier, steward of sustainability, Monterey Institute of International Studies graduate in Environmental Studies and documentary film maker of Resorting to Madness In early 2007, Coldstream Creative, released a film called Resorting to Madness: Taking back our Mountain Communities (RTM). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0k_3ws7uFQ&feature=player_embedded The idea […]

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Notes On a New Season – Is Whistler Prepared For Winter? by Michel Beaudry

10 Sep 2010

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“I see a vision of a great rucksack revolution with thousands or even millions of young Americans wandering around with rucksacks, going up to mountains to pray, making children laugh and old men glad, making young girls happy and old girls happier, all of ’em Zen Lunatics…” – Jack Kerouac – The Dharma Bums I […]

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