• Follensby Clear Pond Camping

    Follensby Clear Pond Camping
    A few years ago a friend of mine was married on the summit of Cascade Mountain at sunrise. Part of the wedding weekend involved camping out on an Island on the Follensby Clear Pond system. I had never been much of a camper, but I fell in love with the spot and planned to return. Camping on Follensby is a great experience without the added labor. There is no need to hike in with heavy packs, just load up your » Read More »
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  • Return to The Blue Ledges

    Return to The Blue Ledges
    The Blue Ledges is a wonderful place. We often plan to visit, but only occasionally actually follow through with our plans. The last time we were there on foot was 2012. It’s not a tough hike by any measure, and the destination is really nice. The drive to the trailhead is several miles on a banged-up dirt road, so maybe that slows us down. This past Saturday was one of those times that we went. At the trailhead on Northwoods » Read More »
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  • Stay Hydrated by Adding Electrolytes to the Mix

    Stay Hydrated by Adding Electrolytes to the Mix
    ‘I have water. I’m good.’ I hear this comment often, whether on the skin track, a bike ride, or a long trail run. It makes sense too; as skiers, we’ve been on the receiving end of high sugar caffeinated drink marketing for years, so the notion of drinking water is welcomed. Let’s be honest—on some Read More
  • Diary of a 46er

    Diary of a 46er
    My becoming a “46’er” started innocently enough. I have done a good bit of hiking over the years, mostly in the Catskills and downstate. A few years ago we were able to extend our range with a little place in the capital region opening new and more consistent opportunities for outdoor endeavors. While our place is not near any particular destination, it is almost equidistant between the Catskills, Southern VT, the Berkshires and the Adirondacks. Without a grand plan, in »
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  • Closures, no snow play and more space: how Covid-19 has changed Australia's ski season

    Closures, no snow play and more space: how Covid-19 has changed Australia's ski season
    At Thredbo there’s less traffic and more terrain per person but some beloved experiences are gone or very differentDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notificationsCoronavirus Australia maps and cases: live numbers and statisticsThis year’s Australian ski season is far from business as usual. Tickets are more limited (though still available); tourism operators have expressed fears around transmission of Covid-19, and in Victoria, the ski season was delayed.B
  • With Endless Golden Light, Riksgränsen is a Ski Photographer’s Dream

    With Endless Golden Light, Riksgränsen is a Ski Photographer’s Dream
    For me as a photographer, travel is essential to keeping my mind in a state of exploration. Because my brain doesn’t know the surroundings and the memories of a new place don’t exist yet, every flick of the eye is a new impression which makes me feel open and very much alive. Coming home is Read More
  • Astonishing First Ski Descent of K2 Gets Full-Length Documentary

    Astonishing First Ski Descent of K2 Gets Full-Length Documentary
    On July 22, 2018, the then 30-year-old Polish ski mountaineer Andrzej Bargiel completed the first ski descent of K2, the world’s second-highest mountain at 28,251 feet above sea level. Not only was this a first-ever descent of the peak, but the skier did it solo, from the summit, and without supplemental oxygen. This incredible feat Read More
  • Decathlon Builds Seriously Sturdy Camping Gear On a Tight Budget

    Decathlon Builds Seriously Sturdy Camping Gear On a Tight Budget
    Camping gear, like all outdoor gear, is expensive. Shocker. While I could justify shelling out half my paycheck on a lightweight pair of touring skis, ultra-high-tech ergonomic camp chairs and tables with carbon poles don’t get me quite as revved up. Over the years I’ve purchased some of the crappiest camping stuff you can buy Read More
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  • Tahoe Pro Skiers Ask Their Community to Wear Masks

    Tahoe Pro Skiers Ask Their Community to Wear Masks
    When photographer Ming Poon saw the massive crowds of unmasked people celebrating the Fourth of July in Lake Tahoe, it was the last straw. With coronavirus case numbers climbing rapidly in California, and Tahoe residents already frustrated by the behaviors of second-home owners fleeing the cities and potentially bringing the virus with them, the lack Read More
  • Tahoe Leaders and Pro Skiers Ask Their Community to Wear Masks

    Tahoe Leaders and Pro Skiers Ask Their Community to Wear Masks
    When Placer County officials saw the massive crowds of unmasked people celebrating the Fourth of July in Lake Tahoe, it was the last straw. With coronavirus case numbers climbing rapidly in California, and Tahoe residents already frustrated by the behaviors of second-home owners fleeing the cities and potentially bringing the virus with them, the lack Read More
  • Swix Introduces Swix Pro Line

    For decades, the concoctions of fluorinated chemicals in ski wax were a foregone conclusion. The choice between toxic wax recipes would make or break Olympic gold medals, decided over hundredths of a second. Few gave any thought to the limited number of alternatives that were both fast and safe for the environment. However, with the Read More
  • Swix Has a New Environmentally Friendly Ski Wax

    For decades, the concoctions of fluorinated chemicals in ski wax were a foregone conclusion. The choice between toxic wax recipes would make or break Olympic gold medals, decided over hundredths of a second. Few gave any thought to the limited number of alternatives that were both fast and safe for the environment. However, with the Read More
  • 2 Killed in Jet Ski Crash as Waters Get Crowded During Pandemic

    2 Killed in Jet Ski Crash as Waters Get Crowded During Pandemic
    With people who have been cooped up flocking to personal watercraft, the deaths highlight concerns about boating safety.
  • Southern Hemisphere Ski Resorts Grapple with Operating Amidst Pandemic

    Southern Hemisphere Ski Resorts Grapple with Operating Amidst Pandemic
    These resorts are the guinea pigs for the 2020 ski season in the north
  • USS Slater Albany Waterfront Paddle

    USS Slater Albany Waterfront Paddle
    When you think about paddling in New York, you probably don’t think about the state capital, Albany. There’s good reason for that. There are many paddling destinations in the state that are more exciting, more challenging and more picturesque then the Hudson River along the Albany waterfront. So why would anyone paddle Albany? Well, it’s there. Really, it’s right there. If you’re in Albany county, paddling the Hudson River is really convenient. So recently, on a vis
  • The National Parks Are Inviting to Skiers, Less So to BIPOC

    Four skiers going downhill on Mount Washburn’s northern slopes in Yellowstone National Park: this image was the first to depict skiing on the cover of a national American magazine. The illustration ran on an 1877 issue of Harper’s Weekly and reflected the excitement around the new national parks—and the potential for skiing that lay within. Read More
  • Iconic Horstman T-Bar Removed Due to Glacier Melt

    Iconic Horstman T-Bar Removed Due to Glacier Melt
    "I hope that people will be inspired to make personal changes and lobby for changes beyond their control to preserve our sport for future generations. My dad's generation never thought to ask 'What does skiing look like in 20 years?' But I'm asking that for my kids."
  • 12 Photos that Illustrate Why Legends Are Born in Tahoe

    12 Photos that Illustrate Why Legends Are Born in Tahoe
    I moved to Lake Tahoe in 2002 at the age of 18, back when the ski bum life was thriving. I quickly immersed myself in the local scene and began chasing locals, many of whom you’ll see here in this gallery. I’ve been happy and honored to ride alongside them—often with a camera. These same Read More
  • Rollback of Environmental Regulations Will Affect More Than Our Ski Season

    Rollback of Environmental Regulations Will Affect More Than Our Ski Season
    The climate has been in crisis for decades, but recent reversals and relaxations of long-held environmental regulations in the U.S. have quickened the pace of environmental decline. While this has negative implications for the health of climates and communities across the country, the impact of these changes will affect certain communities more intensely than others. Read More
  • Gear For Trail Running When You Can’t Go Skiing

    Gear For Trail Running When You Can’t Go Skiing
    Often overlooked compared to hitting the trail with your bike, trail running is a great way to get up high in the mountains during the offseason, with relatively little investment. In fact, trail running can often get you to places your bike can’t and helps to scout new ski zones. It also provides fun agility Read More
  • Revelstoke Skiers Are Farming Food to Feed Their Town

    “What’s this milky stuff on the tomatoes?” I ask Jesse Johnston-Hill as she walks the elongated lane of her 60-foot homemade greenhouse. “Milk,” she answers matter-of-factly. She’s been dipping her clippers in a powdered solution to prune her plants, a technique to help stave off disease. She and her partner—both in life and on this Read More
  • Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Considers Removing Racial Slur From Name

    Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Considers Removing Racial Slur From Name
    Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows announced more than three weeks ago that they would reconvene discussions with the native Washoe council to consider renaming the ski area and removing the ethnic and sexist slur in its name. However, there is no definitive timetable as to when they will host the discussion again, according to Christine Horvath, Read More
  • MSP Drops the First Trailer of the Season With “Huck Yeah!”

    MSP Drops the First Trailer of the Season With “Huck Yeah!”
    Ski movie season is almost upon us, folks, which means we’re entering the glorious anticipatory preseason that has us refreshing long-range forecasts with drool slowly pooling on our keyboards. That’s right, the good folks at MSP have blessed us with a harbinger of ski movie trailer season in the announcement of “Huck Yeah!” We’re pretty Read More
  • WATCH: Humor Shines In This Warren Miller Vintage Documentary Edit

    WATCH: Humor Shines In This Warren Miller Vintage Documentary Edit
    How do you celebrate the legacy of someone who was foundational to the popularity and development of a sport? Someone who created an entirely new genre of cinema? These are the fundamental questions of Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story, a documentary that traces the work and the impact of Miller, his annual films, and Read More
  • Hydration Packs for Summer Trails

    Hydration Packs for Summer Trails
    If the nozzle is nearby, I’ll frequently gulp down two liters of water on a bike ride—that’s like a week’s worth of water in the winter. Here are four great packs that will keep your thirst satiated and your snacks nearby.
  • Start Your Weekend With Giant Alaskan Walls and Fluted Spines

    Start Your Weekend With Giant Alaskan Walls and Fluted Spines
    I’ve been photographing with SEABA Heli in Haines for 17 seasons now. That first year I was invited by my longtime friend Drew Stoecklein. I didn’t have much money at the time but I knew it was a chance I couldn’t forgo. My bank account was quickly drained, I think I only had about $1500, Read More
  • Drop Everything and Move To Haines, Alaska

    Drop Everything and Move To Haines, Alaska
    I’ve been photographing with SEABA Heli in Haines for 17 seasons now. That first year I was invited by my longtime friend Drew Stoecklein. I didn’t have much money at the time but I knew it was a chance I couldn’t forgo. My bank account was quickly drained, I think I only had about $1500, Read More
  • Vail Resorts Nears 100 Percent Renewable Electricity Goal with Large-Scale Wind Farm

    Vail Resorts Nears 100 Percent Renewable Electricity Goal with Large-Scale Wind Farm
    On July 1, Vail Resorts announced a major step toward its 100 percent renewable electricity goal as a new large-scale wind farm, enabled by the company, has gone online. Vail Resorts has committed to purchase 310,000-megawatt hours (MWh) of wind energy annually from the new 82-turbine Plum Creek Wind project, which will address more than Read More
  • Gear to Wear While Staying Home

    Gear to Wear While Staying Home
    Here's the gear you can wear now and use again later when we can again venture further from the living room.
  • WNDR Alpine Plant-Based Skis Are Eliminating Waste From Production

    WNDR Alpine Plant-Based Skis Are Eliminating Waste From Production
    Pep Fujas, pro skier and vice president of marketing and product development for WNDR Alpine held a yellow disc in his hand as he sat in their Salt Lake City offices. “The skis are great, but this is the kind of stuff that gets me really excited,” he said. What he held resembled a hockey Read More
  • WNDR Alpine Bio-Based Ski Materials Are Eliminating Waste From Ski Production

    WNDR Alpine Bio-Based Ski Materials Are Eliminating Waste From Ski Production
    Pep Fujas, pro skier and vice president of marketing and product development for WNDR Alpine held a yellow disc in his hand as he sat in their Salt Lake City offices. “The skis are great, but this is the kind of stuff that gets me really excited,” he said. What he held resembled a hockey Read More
  • WATCH: After Devastating Injury, Skier Returns to Alaskan Spines

    WATCH: After Devastating Injury, Skier Returns to Alaskan Spines
    The long and painful recovery culminated in a 10-month long world tour, with Permin testing his limits in Japan, France, Canada, and Alaska.
  • Plateau and Sugarloaf

    Plateau and Sugarloaf
    On the last Sunday in June, I returned to the Catskills for another dose of torture. After mulling various options, I parked the shooting brake at Notch Inn Road, off Route 214 north of Phoenicia, and set out for Plateau and Sugarloaf. In the northeast that weekend, the weather was sketchy. On Saturday, I threw down a hard rollerski workout and beat the rain. With a 50% chance of thunderstorms and a chance for hail Sunday afternoon, I was cautiously » Read More »
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  • Pink Algae Bloom in Italian Alps Sparks Climate Concerns

    Pink Algae Bloom in Italian Alps Sparks Climate Concerns
    Glacier ice normally reflects 80 percent of the sun's energy. But the darker the color on the snow surface, the more quickly they increase in temperature and melt.
  • The Best Multisport Gear for Big Adventure Days

    The Best Multisport Gear for Big Adventure Days
    Summer outdoor gear has far more crossover potential than ski gear
  • Taking Risks in the Backcountry Makes These Women Better Moms

    Taking Risks in the Backcountry Makes These Women Better Moms
    “Risk feels good,” says Karissa Akin, who breast-pumped her way up quite a few skin tracks this past winter. “It makes you feel confident; and that’s living.”
  • Essential Ski Photos from One of The World’s Deepest Snowpacks

    Essential Ski Photos from One of The World’s Deepest Snowpacks
    I moved to Bellingham in the Fall of ’98 to study engineering at Western Washington University. At the time I had no idea that the following winter would change the course of my life. That winter we received 1,140 inches of snow at the still yet to be discovered Mount Baker ski area tucked deep Read More
  • Ski Accessories On Sale Now

    Ski Accessories On Sale Now
    It’s the middle of the summer, retreating to the cool mountains and streams on those hot days are likely occupying your time—with some perhaps daydreaming of powder days. But you probably aren’t thinking about your ski gear. It’s likely tossed in the back of the gear room to make way for summer toys and you’ll Read More
  • Nonimmigrant Visa Ban Will Harm Upcoming Ski Season

    Nonimmigrant Visa Ban Will Harm Upcoming Ski Season
    President Donald Trump signed a proclamation on June 22 extending the ban on several nonimmigrant visas, including the J-1 cultural exchange and H-2B temporary worker visas, which are both heavily depended upon by ski resorts. International applicants who are currently in the United States, however, are still eligible to apply. The freeze on the visas Read More
  • Immigrant Visa Ban Will Harm Upcoming Ski Season

    Immigrant Visa Ban Will Harm Upcoming Ski Season
    President Donald Trump signed a proclamation on June 22 extending the ban on several immigration visas, including the J-1 cultural exchange and H-2B temporary worker visas, which are both heavily depended upon by ski resorts. International applicants who are currently in the United States, however, are still eligible to apply. The freeze on the visas Read More
  • Affordable Mountain Bike Accessories from Ski Brands

    Affordable Mountain Bike Accessories from Ski Brands
    Mountain biking can be an expensive sport to get into. However, once you commit to a decent bike, it’s a pretty fun way to buzz around the mountains until the snow flies. Considering the most expensive part of the sport is the ride, important accessories can sometimes fly by the wayside as you figure out Read More
  • Track Your Outdoor Activity With These Multisport Watches

    Track Your Outdoor Activity With These Multisport Watches
    Thanks to the amount of multisport GPS watches on the market these days, we have access to an incredible amount of data about our daily health and activity. Some might argue that obsessively tracking and analyzing our amateur jogs and bike rides is a bit overkill, but this spring I’ve found that tracking my activities Read More
  • Body of Missing Skier Located on Mount Rainier

    Body of Missing Skier Located on Mount Rainier
    The body of skier Matthew Bunker, 28, was located along the base of Mount Rainier’s Liberty Ridge on June 29. Bunker fell due to unknown reasons around the Thumb Rock feature at approximately 10,400 feet while descending the route on Friday, June 26. The National Park Service mobilized ground and aerial search-and-rescue units to locate Read More
  • Watch: This Freewheeling Ski Film Spotlights Revelstoke’s Rowdy Scene

    Watch: This Freewheeling Ski Film Spotlights Revelstoke’s Rowdy Scene
    Captured during the 2019-2020 season, this Henry Banfield (AKA Hondro) film takes us on a ride through Revelstoke’s playful and serious terrain. His crew builds big kickers, dines on pillow lines, and has a great time while they’re at it. Hondro shot this short on a small mirrorless camera, with some drone and iPhone footage Read More
  • Ski Towns Show Support of Black Lives Matter Movement

    Ski Towns Show Support of Black Lives Matter Movement
    "If you have experienced white privilege, take accountability for your benefits that have fueled the oppression of black people.” —Sajari Simmons
  • Delaware River Rafting

    Delaware River Rafting
    Most of my paddling is what can be called “flatwater” kayaking. I put my boat in the water someplace, paddle for a while, turn around, and then get off the water in the same place I launched. It’s not that the water doesn’t move, just that there’s no overwhelming, one-way current that prevents me from returning to where I started. Even when I get on the waves with my surf kayak, I can return to my parking spot. Where I » Read More »
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  • Backcountry Access Releases Software Update for Tracker 2

    Backcountry Access Releases Software Update for Tracker 2
    Backcountry Access (BCA) announced a voluntary software update for the Tracker 2 transceiver on June 29. This update will improve the pulse width and period (the length of and time between “beeps”) while the transceiver is in power-saving mode. Power-saving mode activates after 12 hours of inactivity while the device is on, and the updates Read More
  • The Secret To Great Ski Photography? Romance

    The Secret To Great Ski Photography? Romance
    Sofia Sjöberg is an adventure photographer from Stockholm, Sweden. From a young age, Sjöberg built her life around documenting skiing, surfing, and camping. “I’ve always been very passionate about photography. For as long as I can remember I’ve always had a camera in my hand. When I was 18 I met professional freeskier Jacob Wester. Read More
  • Become a Better Skier Through Rock Climbing This Summer

    Become a Better Skier Through Rock Climbing This Summer
    When I finally moved west after going to school in a midwestern burb, I did it to ski. This won’t surprise the readers of POWDER, but it surprised most of my friends. Back in college, I wasn’t known as a skier at all. I had meager funds and I wanted to get outside as much Read More
  • Kitchen Upgrades For Deluxe Car Camping

    Kitchen Upgrades For Deluxe Car Camping
    Everything tastes better outside. That’s a fact. Over the years, my camping meals have gradually gotten more and more involved, graduating from instant mac n cheese on a PocketRocket to elaborate taco bars packed with fresh veggies and mezcal margaritas. Sure, it might seem over the top, but if you’re car camping and you don’t Read More

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