The Making of a Skier

by Andy Dappen   “Did you ruin it for her?” she asks. “Possibly,” I confess. Photo by Allison Dappen. Heather during happier days (downhill skiing). Will she go back to earning her turns? Maybe... Read More...

Quick Sticks

Most of the essential tools and supplies: iron, copper-bristled base brush, ski clamp, plastic scraper, wax, and file (for sharpening the scraper and ski edges). Note: Old irons like the one in this picture a... Read More...

Cleaning Climbing Skins

Skin Care - Cleaning Climbing Skins by Andy Dappen It inevitably happens to backcountry skiing skins—the glue, especially on the tails, turns into a mess of dirt, pine needles, and wax, causing the skins to... Read More...

Gearing Up for Snowshoeing

Gearing Up for Snowshoeing : Hardware and Accessoriesby Andy Dappen Defining snowshoeing for you Snowshoeing above Clara Lake near Mission Peak. There’s a continuum in how snowshoes may be used from wal... Read More...

Ski Conditioning

Although this article is on the older side, this exercise program for ski conditioning still is pertinent. If you haven't started skiing yet this season, get going and follow the workout below to get in shape f... Read More...

Canister Stove Tricks

I’ve taken several multi-day trips this spring and summer with a Jetboil Stove, which like many lightweight stoves runs off canisters filled with a blended isopro fuel, and each time I pack I'm faced with the n... Read More...