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Backcountry Equipment Made in Utah, USA

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Local Since 1980 Voile skis are made in Utah and have been since day one. We started making backcountry equipment in 1980 right here in Salt Lake City with the Wasatch Mountains as our backdrop and R&D field. In a highly globalized production world, many companies outsource manufacturing overseas for cheap labor. The 98 percent of Voile products are made …

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Avalanche Advice for Backcountry Beginners

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The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting a lot of things, including ski season.  Back in May 2020, Powder Magazine wrote an article predicting an impending wave of new backcountry users as a result of increased restrictions at ski resorts. While recreation is more important than ever for mental and emotional well-being, there exists the concern that those new to venturing beyond …

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Guided Ski Tours in Utah with Inspired Summit Adventures

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During Part 1 of our virtual interview with long-time Voile ambassadors, Shaun and Weston Deutschlander,  we chatted about their relationship with Voile, as well as the history behind their guiding business, Inspired Summit Adventures. Their experience as professional skiers and guides coupled with their outgoing and perceptive personalities has resulted in top-notch customizable education and backcountry experiences. They offer a …

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BIPOC Backcountry Scholarship Recipients

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We want to applaud all who shared their dreams and passionate essays with us. Thank you for allowing us the space to work towards helping promote diversity in our niche industry. Reading your applications further illuminated just how much work needs to be done, both systemically and within local communities. We know this scholarship is not a solution, but rather …

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Backcountry Ski Training: Part 2

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Fitness is leased, not owned, and the rent must be paid every day. In Part 1, Backcountry Ski Fitness, I wrote about the importance of intensity in your training plan. I forgot to mention, unless you have already built the proper aerobic base by doing high volume at lower intensities, you are unlikely to benefit from high-intensity training. Even once …

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Rec vs Pro Avalanche Education in the US

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As some of us are getting early season turns, I bet we’re all amped for a full-on winter! We now move into our fourth winter season with avalanche education in the United States split into 2 tracks: recreational and professional. Here are my thoughts on this change and the current course structure.  Make a Plan Like having a plan to …

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Inspired Summit Adventures: a local guiding success story

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We sat down (virtually) to catch up with our long-time Voile ambassadors, Shaun and Weston Deutschlander to talk about their relationship with Voile, as well as the history behind Inspired Summit Adventures- their Uinta+Wasatch guide operation founded by Shaun eight years ago.   Weston joined The V Team 6-7 years ago. Back then Shaun was skiing for Blizzard but she switched …

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Backcountry Ski Fitness: Part 1

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It takes relentless self-discipline to schedule suffering into your day. But if you do, you’ll find that at the other end of that suffering is a whole other life waiting for you. -David Goggins Backcountry ski fitness takes time. There is nothing that any of us can do to create more time. However, we can manage our time differently or …

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Why It’s Important to Support Your Local Outdoor Gear Dealer

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Bells on the door chime as you walk in while the shop dog lifts his head to acknowledge your presence before returning to napping. Aromas of burnt coffee and ski wax fill your nose while a Phish jam season plays through the speakers. Behind the sticker-plaster counter is the friendly face of your local shop employee, likely prematurely weathered due …