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Stylish and Sustainable Were The Buzzwords at this year’s SIA Snow Show

RECLAIM Project 2012 Winner Paul Fronckowiak
RECLAIM Project 2012 Winner Paul Fronckowiak
The second annual RECLAIM Project spotlights innovative, functional and eco-conscious trends in technical apparel and pits three budding fashion designers against the clock and each other to create a “green” masterpiece.

A stroll through the aisles of the SIA Snow Show is an overwhelming feast for any gear-head’s senses. Bright colors, flashy technology and racks upon racks of gear, accessories, gadgets and apparel are reminders that ski consumerism is alive and well. Although that’s good news for our industry’s bottom line, it doesn’t come without a price. SIA’s RECLAIM Project aims to raise awareness about the side effects and byproducts of apparel and gear manufacturing.

 

Utah Senate Pushes Seven-Resort Interconnect

Ski Link
Ski Link
Utah politicians cast their vote to connect Canyons and Solitude ski resorts. But what does it really mean for skiers?

Looks like we know which side Utah's legislative entity falls on in the connect-'em-or-not debate. On Tuesday, the Senate passed a resolution calling for a connection between seven of the state's ski resorts, citing environmental and tourism benefits should such a link be built. The vocal opposition didn't waste time piping up, citing fears of overcrowding the canyons and marring the backcountry experience. Not that any of this really matters.

Experts: Avalanche Danger High in ‘Outlier Year’

Experts: Avalanche Danger High in ‘Outlier Year’
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More experience skiers, not newbies, getting into trouble.

This winter’s unstable snowpack—built on sparse early snow—has lead to a “perfect storm” for treacherous avalanche conditions, avalanche forecasters say. Six experienced backcountry travelers died in the past week, two in Colorado and four in Washington. The dicey snow pack across the West has avalanche centers on high alert—the Colorado avalanche center issued a special warning last weekend— but forecasters say that human factors still play the biggest part in avalanche incidents.

Experts: avalanche danger high in rare outlier year

New twist: More experience skiers, not newbies, getting into trouble

This winter’s unstable snow pack—built on sparse early snow—has lead to a “perfect storm” for treacherous avalanche conditions, experts say. The dicey snow pack combined with easier access to back- and sidecountry terrain has created a “spooky,” combustible mixture this season, as avalanche centers are increasing their warnings to skiers and riders. We said it before, and we'll say it again: You can’t be too careful out there—inbounds and out.

Need to get in shape? Less just might be more.

Need to get in shape? Less just might be more.
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Good news for procrastinators, the overworked and the overbooked—kind of.

We’re not sure if this helps or hurts us in our quest (ok, often a battle) to stay fit, but recent research seems to indicate that you don’t need to grind it out daily to get in shape—if you’re willing to pump up the intensity of your workouts. The magic, according to scientists, is in interval training, where you push yourself to max effort and heart rate for shorter bursts of time. Now, if you use this news as a handy excuse to cut back on your workout schedule but never follow through with the whole interval thing—yeah, that’s a trap we’re also trying to avoid.

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