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August 2, 2010
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Looking for one more late summer adventure? Here are our favorite multi-day backpacking trips in ski country.
June 2, 2010
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With the completion of her final climb, Aspen’s Capitol Peak, Christy Mahon joins the company of seven reported people who have climbed and skied all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-ft peaks. She is also the first woman to do so. By Anna Baldwin. Photos: Ted Mahon
May 19, 2010
A month ago, I was in Iceland skiing on dormant volcanoes while the Eyjafjallajökull volcano was erupting and blowing enough smoke and ash to shut down all of Europe's airports. The volcano is burping more ash now, and American filmmaker Sean Stiegemeier flew in to capture this incredible time lapse of the volcano. Check out the video here.
April 30, 2010
The Tahoe area recently got another 14 inches of new spring powder. Here's a point-of-view video of Tahoe skier Jon Rockwood on an early morning backcountry mission on Tahoe's West Shore.
April 22, 2010
Even a massive volcanic eruption that shut down all European airports couldn’t halt our ski-touring trip to Iceland. Here are images from a week of climbing and skiing Iceland’s peaks—plus tips on how to plan your own trip there.
April 20, 2010
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This time of year in Central Idaho means corn skiing at Sun Valley Resort, backcountry touring in the Sawtooth Mountains, and Steelhead fishing on the Salmon River. We spent the week doing all three while testing gear from First Ascent and helmets and eyewear from Smith Optics. The trip was as good as they get. Check out our gallery here.
April 20, 2010
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After the erupting volcano, the muddy, impassable roads, and the pouring rain and avalanched couloir, finally, there is the powder. Several days into our ski-touring trip to Iceland, we are rewarded with sunshine and soft snow.
April 19, 2010
After getting shut down by an erupting volcano on Iceland’s south shore, we headed north on our ski-touring expedition to find some clear air and ski-able peaks. Instead, we found pouring rain and an avalanching couloir.
April 18, 2010
I set out on a ski-touring trip to Iceland—and the day I arrived, a massive volcano on Iceland’s southern shore erupted, spewing enough ash and smoke to close all the airports in northern Europe. Would we get to ski? And would we ever be able to fly out?
April 13, 2010
Is there skiing in Iceland? Yes. How good is it? I have no clue, but I'm about to find out. I'm boarding a flight to Reykjavík, Iceland's capital city, to climb and ski some of the island's biggest volcanoes. Hopefully none of them erupt while we're skiing them. Check back for more updates.