HandOut Gloves….a glove with a zipper on the back of your hand so you can pull out your entire hand without taking your gloves off your wrist. I met the folks at HandOut at the Outdoor Retailer Show last year and finally purchased some this season. No, they weren’t free and no, I’m not getting […]

Women of all ability levels join our Backcountry Babes course. Many people wonder which course is best for them. This blog post outlines the general backcountry skills progression to help you figure out which is the best course for you. Of course, we are always open to hearing from you personally and we can recommend […]

You’re going to a backcountry ski hut! Yay! Untracked pow, great friends, cozy nights. Here’s a packing list to help you prepare for the adventure. Special thanks to SCARPA, G3, PISTIL Designs, BCA, Ortovox, DPS skis, Osprey Packs and CLIF bar for supporting Backcountry Babes.  All brands mentioned below are products we use and recommend […]

So…You’re going backpacking! Yay! Here’s a list to help make packing easy. Basic mid-weight, durable, practical, and multipurpose gear. Recommended for spring, summer, or fall backpacking.  (25ºF – 95ºF) Multisport Gear: many items on this list overlap with your Whitewater Rafting, Backcountry Skiing, Hut Trips, and Bike Packing Trips.  It’s worth getting good, high quality […]

Grand Canyon Trip Packing List So…You’re going on the Grand Canyon! Congrats! All that’s left to do is gather your personal river gear.  Here’s a list to help streamline the process.  By the way…some of these companies are generous sponsors, like Smith Optics and Pistil Designs.  Other companies give us nothing and have no idea […]

Revised from content written by Jen Fahy, a returning participant of the annual Backcountry Babe’s Canada Ski Hut Trip – March 2014. I returned to Boston on Monday night after a Planes, Trains, Automobiles, and Helicopters kind of adventure to the Esplanade Range of the Selkirk Mountains. It was the return from my week-long backcountry […]

Well…it started with G3 (Genuine Guide Gear). When I moved to Alaska 12 years ago  it seemed like the time to upgrade the backcountry gear. Coming from Colorado, the skinny skis weren’t cutting it in the deep, heavy maritime snowpack anymore. After a couple renditions of another brand that de-laminated on me twice I went […]

An excerpt published in Explore Summit, December 2013:   Free Your Heel and the Mind Will Follow: uncovering the enigma of telemark skiing by Aaron H. Bible Glissading down a buttery, powdery slope, grinning ear to ear, dancing their way down the hill and gracefully dropping a knee through the bottom of each turn, telemark […]

by Kirstin Nelson ~CO Programs Manager Spring time is one of my favorite times to ski. Especially in Colorado, where I have spent all season looking at fat lines, beautifully white and long, narrow chutes, and open faces blanketed with fresh white powder that all have considerable to high avalanche danger for most of the […]

    by Kirstin Nelson ~CO Programs Manager        Spring time is one of my favorite times to ski.  Especially in Colorado, where I have spent all season looking at fat lines, beautifully white and long, narrow chutes, and open faces blanketed with fresh white powder that all have considerable to high avalanche danger for most […]