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First light. First tracks. It’s a manta for those hungry enough to break trail to reachuntouched backcountry snow. But with this very specialized love comes the need for a specialized clothing system,one thattakes into account the terrain, the uphill push ofsetting the skin track in snow up to your knees and therewardsofskiing long runs in pure, alpine powder.
You prep your skis before the new ski season, but what about your body? Even though it’s still fall, now’s the time to start getting ready for skiing. Here’s how I prepare. – Post by MEC Envoy Tobin Seagel
By the time April rolls around a lot of folks are done with winter. For us, April was the time for our inaugural backcountry ski trip with kids. It involved a portable yurt called the Honey Dome, gummy bears hidden in trees, and some boys catching the backcountry powder bug. – Story by Leanne Allison
Back for its third year, Hot Lapse – Revelstoke’s 72-hour photographer showdown – is a platform for photographers to showcase the best of skiing through conceptually creative slideshows. Each team is led by a pro photographer and given equal environmental opportunity in the same 3-day window.
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So you’re out backcountry skiing and spot recent avalanche debris. What do you do? Well, now you can snap a photo from a safe location and send it in to the Canadian Avalanche Centre, along with the location and a quick description. We asked the CAC to fill us in on their new Mobile Observer Network, and what this means for you.Read more…
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The Snow Pentathlon interests you, but you’ve never done one; you’re not sure what to expect, and you wonder how to manage it? Understand that race management begins long before the day of the event. Read more…
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Last month, the small town of Kimberley, BC, awoke to its biggest single-day snow accumulation in over two decades. It also happened to be fluffy and light! With the ski hill not yet open for the season, there was only one thing to do: cancel all plans for the week, slap skins on the skis, and start climbing – and skiing. Read more…
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MEC Community Program Manager Andrew Stegemann is on a quest for backcounty powder turns, so he took an Avalanche Skills Training Course. Find out what you can learn in an avalanche course, and get the scoop on the new CAC mobile app to help you stay safe in the backcounty.
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Last winter, MEC Envoy Chris Christie was one of six pro photographers competing in the Deep Winter Photo Challenge at Whistler Blackcomb, North America’s largest ski resort. Competition aside, the time Chris spent in Whistler skiing and shooting photos with his friends Kris Cormier, Dominic Melanson, and Matty Richard — aka ‘the Ragin’ Cajuns’ — was the highlight of his winter.