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Meet the “Dream Team”: James MacNeil-Mah

Meet the “Dream Team”: James MacNeil-Mah
Familiar face in Canmore for the last few years, we have the incredible chance to work with James MacNeil Mah at SkiUphill. Total apparel geek, climber, runner, baker, barista, James bring that special touch that makes SkiUphill a great place to hang out. The thing that strikes me with him is that he is such a passionate guy and  he just loves about getting out there and enjoying the outdoors. Wether it is for running advices, climbing beta or avalanche conditions, he is always super stoked to share experiences and informations over a warm coffee! 

Winter Running 101

Winter Running 101
As soon as the temps get colder and the snow starts falling people change from running to winter sports like cross country skiing, backcountry and resort skiing and other winter sports. Running is a winter sport in many areas while others stay clear of it. Growing up in Manitoba made me a winter runner and many days were spent running in -30C weather. So what are some things to think about when heading out for a run in colder weather?

Cheat skis and Type 2 fun: Fernie Lizard Skinner

Cheat skis and Type 2 fun: Fernie Lizard Skinner

I’ve been ski touring for only a few seasons now so still consider myself a newcomer to the sport. Unfortunately during my second season I fell in with a bad crowd and was introduced to Joel, one of the dreaded skimo racers. He skins fast and bootpacks faster and was really a poor partner for someone as unfit as me.  

Last season Joel and I got out a lot and long days in the mountains. Having no background in endurance sports or interest in training our early days were hard. But as my fitness increased so did my speed and my ability to get stuff done. I began to get pretty enthused about doing longer days or smaller days faster. Naturally at this point Joel started hinting about skimo and how the fitness and efficiency benefits skiing big lines.