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  • Beta for a Skimo Teams Race

    Beta for a Skimo Teams Race

    It's teams race season! Whether you're skiing Steep Dreams, the Power of Four, or the Patroullie de Glaciers, it pays to be ready for these big events. Small mistakes can cost big time and being unprepared can mean you're out of the event before it's even gotten underway.
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  • Gratitude vs Grind-itude

    Gratitude vs Grind-itude

    Michelle is a runner and triathlete located in the Bow Valley, and like others in the valley, she trains hard all year round. She works as a massage therapist at Le Refuge.  She is also the co-founder of Mountain Mindfulness, combining...

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Buying Guides

  • 2022-2023 Season Preview

    2022-2023 Season Preview

    Backcountry skiing’s been booming for a while now, but it’s exploded in popularity these past few years. Thanks (?) to COVID and a renewed enthusiasm for the paths less travelled, more skiers than ever are earning their turns, connecting in a deeper way with the mountains and the wilderness. Is this going to be the year we’ll start talking about overcrowding? It’s certainly been becoming more and more of an issue although compared with popular destinations we are still faring pretty good. 
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  • The Tools of the Trade: Which Shoes for What Running

    The Tools of the Trade: Which Shoes for What Running

    The truth is, there is no one-shoe-quiver that works for all feet and all runners. Different shoes serve different purposes and understanding these different tools and what they are meant for can help you make well-informed decisions for your feet. At the end of the day not all shoes serve a single purpose, but here's how we generally organize them in categories. 

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  • Ropes For Ski-Mountaineering : Which One to Get?

    Ropes For Ski-Mountaineering : Which One to Get?

    Modern ski mountaineering ropes are 6mm and pack down to the size of your folded skins. They're not just lighter, but also more cut resistant and more water resistant that traditional nylon ropes. There's several specialized models available from various manufacturers but they each have pros and cons. I've reviewed each of the options available in North America to help you sort out the differences.
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Gear Tips

  • Behind the bench: First aid for trail runners

    Behind the bench: First aid for trail runners

    Even the most weight-conscious runners need the training and supplies to look after health emergencies on the trail. The recent incidents on Mount Yamnuska are an important reminder. Trail runners aren’t immune to accidents and we need to be ready...

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  • Spring Skiing Quiver - Our Team's Picks

    Spring Skiing Quiver - Our Team's Picks

     We asked some of our staff members about their trusty Spring touring setups, why they use them, and a few of their tips and tricks. Tune in for a breakdown of what gear we prefer when it comes to moving efficiently, taking on a big line, or simply ‘hot dogging’ around!

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  • The Uptrack - Issue #3

    The Uptrack - Issue #3

    As I write this, we are freshly into a new year. A bit arbitrary - perhaps. But the changing of the calendar signals a switch of pace, a reconsidering and a re collecting of our selves for the year ahead. We look back on what we have experienced over the previous 12 months, our successes and failures. We look at the year ahead with hope, excitement and maybe some degree of trepidation.
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