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Steep Skiing in the West- A Look Back

Steep Skiing in the West- A Look Back

“If you fall, you die!” This catchy, morbid phrase, popularized by Coloradan, Chris Landry, one of the sport’s foremost pioneers, defines the allure of steep skiing. Although people have perished, it is rare, and most never consider that dire possibility. Mountaineering skiers are driven by a passion to descend improbable lines, and the reward is […]

Unsung Heroes- Inside the Utah Avalanche Center

Unsung Heroes- Inside the Utah Avalanche Center

“As long as it snows and blows in Utah, there will be avalanches.”  I am not sure who said this, but their wisdom resonates louder than their words ever could.  The combination of epic Utah terrain and copious amounts of annual snowfall, coupled with the fact that there are over a million people with easy […]

Ski Touring-off the Beaten (skin) track

Ski Touring-off the Beaten (skin) track

Why climb for hours on skins from Alta or Spruces CG only to find your planned run has already been skied? Have you had enough of sharing SLC’s “Urban” backcountry with the masses?  Why not drive an hour north, south or west and not cross a track all day? Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons do […]

Greening Your Outdoor Gear

Greening Your Outdoor Gear

You’re stoking on that new ultralight waterproof jacket you found on Steep and Cheap for some unbelievably great deal. All you can think about is how it packs down to the size of a Clif Bar yet it still keeps you dry during a freak desert downpour. You’re probably not thinking about all that highly […]

Touring the Tushars

Touring the Tushars

“Livin’ the dream”. If we said those words once to each other, we said them a thousand times over the course of our three night stay at the Snorkeling Elk Yurt, high in the Tushar Mountains.  Living the dream applies to nearly each part of your day: watching the sunrise from above 10,000′, following a […]