Kyle and Jason on the summit of Glacier Peak at the end of the American Alps Traverse in 2013.
Backcountry travel

Hummel and Miller Traverse the Cascade Crest

A traverse of the Cascade crest from Mt. Baker to Mt. Rainer was first envisioned in the early 1980s by legendary Cascade skier, mountaineer, and historian Lowell Skoog. Skoog’s version of the traverse was comprised of ~18 segments, and after working on the project for 25 years, he finally completed …

Competitors use skins to climb wearing their skis during the 2018 Vertfest. Credit: Karter Raich
Community

Snowgoat Skimo Series

Skimo in Washington state is getting a dose of adrenaline this season, thanks to the efforts of ultra athletes Richard Kresser and Maudie Jordan. 2019 is the inaugural year of their Snowgoat SkiMo Series. “Skimo” is shorthand for ski mountaineering, a race format that emphasizes climbing on skis. Usually held …

Adult beverages

Destination: Mt. Bachelor Ski Area

Located about 20 miles west of Bend and Sunriver, Mt. Bachelor is THE place in Oregon for serious skiers and boarders. Mt. Bachelor is a volcano that lies at the northern end of the Mt. Bachelor Volcanic Chain. It gets its name because it “stands apart” from the “Three Sisters” …

Cross-training

Mt. Baker Backcountry in Grayscale

It’s easy for me to get distracted away from cycling this time of year. Although January and February 2011 didn’t amount to much for skiing, as is often the case, March delivered prodigious snowfall and (mostly) outstanding skiing. It had been a while since I’d ventured into the backcountry, and …

Skiing

Daron Rahlves: World Cup Ski Cross St Johann, Austria

Sitting around with 2 broken limbs and feeling sorry for myself, the inbox brought me a dose of just what I needed: A hit of rear-view skier cross:

Skiing

Snowbird Powder Skiing

Instead of going skiing in the Cascades today I listened to the rain drip outside and put together a video of our trip to Snowbird the week of February 9:

Skiing

Smokin’ in the Crystal Mt. Sidecountry

Superbowl Sunday is usually one of the best skiing days of the season since most of the US population is watching TV.

Skiing

December 30 @ Stevens

The immediate objective for Sunday’s skiing adventure was to do a little “cross-training” with Redmond Cycling Club president Shane Balkovetz, who was joined by his wife and some extended family members. As our thighs warmed up during the first couple of runs, we agreed that the transition from cycling or jogging to skiing is physically painful. You can be in shape for one sport but be completely unprepared for another.

History

Sowing the Seeds of Modern Telemark Gear

Once upon a time, telemark skis were skinny and the boots were leather. In the mid-1980’s, home-grown telemark equipment that incorporated the features of alpine gear started to appear.

Inclement Weather

December 22 @ Crystal

I was on a 9:05 chair out of the base area, but due to high winds and horizontal blowing snow, most of the mountain was closed until almost noon. When the wind let up and more chairs opened, the hordes migrated to the grand opening of the new Northway chair. I headed in the opposite direction.