Skiing/Boarding

Beginners Guide To Cross Country Skiing

Beginners Guide To Cross Country Skiing

Growing up in lower Michigan meant that I never got a chance to learn alpine skiing until I was in college. As a kid, I worked for a local park and learned to cross country ski on the job. We rented skis and maintained several miles of groomed Nordic skiing track. Eventually skate skiing became all the rage and today ...

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The Beginners Guide To Snowshoeing

Beginners Guide To Snowshoeing

Among popular methods of transportation, snowshoeing probably ranks near the lowest. Cars, trains, planes, skateboards, bicycles… even rollerblades may all qualify as more popular methods of travel. What makes snowshoeing so cool, then? Of course, snowshoes are able to take us places no other travel can! Snowshoes even beat skis at ascending and navigating dense or steep areas in some ...

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The 5 Best Snowmobile Goggles Reviewed For 2017

Best Snowmobile Goggles

Snowmobile goggles might be the unsung hero of snowmobile gear. Everyone thinks about having the newest and most rad snowmobile. Even some nice helmet or new winter clothes. Goggles just need to go on your eyes, they’re simple, right? There’s nothing special about the best snowmobile goggles. Famous last words! If you can’t see where you’re going – things are ...

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The 5 Best Snowmobile Boots Reviewed For 2017

Best Snowmobile Boots

When I was a kid we used to just pile on layers of every piece of hunting clothing and oversized boots when heading out to go snowmobiling. Of course, in those days we actually got snow in lower Michigan. The best snowmobile boots today are tailored specifically for the sport. Features like various amounts of insulation, waterproofing, and lacing variations ...

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The 7 Best Ski Poles Reviewed For 2017

Best Ski Poles

So many skiers overlook the ski pole and, even more so, many skiers fail to understand the true use and value of a ski pole. Ski poles, and your use of them, can really make or break a well-polished skier’s form on the mountain. Keeping your hands up and in front while you actively use the ski poles can be ...

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The 7 Best Snowshoes Reviewed For 2017

Best Snowshoes Reviews

Just because its winter doesn’t mean you should give up hiking or trail running. I think snowshoeing is a better workout and there is something about being in the woods in the winter that is hard to describe. You probably already have the winter apparel, now you just need a pair of snowshoes and you don’t need to spend a ...

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The 5 Best Hand Warmers Reviewed for 2017

Best Hand Warmer

As a full time, ski instructor in the Wasatch Mountains, I know what it’s like to spend time in some seriously rugged conditions. Take it from me, hand warmers are not a cheap way out – they’re often the difference between having a great day, and a terrible one. When the choice is between grabbing a hand warmer or potentially ...

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The 5 Best Knee Braces for Skiing Reviewed – [2017]

Best Knee Brace For Skiing

Too many athletes these days are going down with simple injuries. It happened to me on the Appalachian Trail in 2014. I was several weeks into a hike when my knee became unusable from irritation. That injury took me off the trail and put an end to an otherwise amazing experience. In the skiing world, knee injuries are all too ...

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The 5 Best Snowmobile Gloves Reviewed For 2017

Best Snowmobile Gloves

Whether you’re heading out on a sled (snowmobile) for the first time, or you’re a seasoned pro, there are always new solutions on the market. With wind, water, and snow whipping by in the nasty conditions of winter and spring snowmobiling, you’ll need the best snowmobile gloves that can keep pace with your sled. It’s just not going to cut ...

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The 5 Best Balaclava Ski Masks Reviewed For 2017

Best Balaclava Ski Mask

It may be tempting to incorrectly identify this face-warming device as a delightful pastry but it’s not. Balaclavas are a specific type of face warmer. The term has recently come to be used ubiquitously to describe any face warming device – from neck warmers to full face, windproof fabrics. We’re going to avoid neck warmers and stick solely to the ...

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