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Caution is Key in Chamonix: The Human Element

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In the past month in France I have watched skiers tumble off cliffs, tomahawk out of icy couloirs, and whip into crevasses. I’ve been told that if I decided to rappel over a group that they would “cut me”, and I’ve been tangled up with impatient guides trying do the same on alpine climbing pitches and glaciers. I’ve been shouldered …

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Weekend Warriors: The Commando Run

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The Commando Run. It’s a ski tour from Vail Pass to Vail which is named for the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division soldiers who used the route for training in high altitude skiing combat and commando raids during World War II. From a base in nearby Camp Hale, over 10,000 men traveled the mountains in west-central Colorado from 1942 to …

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Spooky Face: A Tough Trip Through Paradise

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It was the spring of 2012, my senior year of College at Montana State University. I was just starting to cut my teeth as a serious ski mountaineer, and I was becoming eager for something more meaningful than continually pounding out ridge laps at Bridger Bowl. My Friend had a copy of Turiano’s ageing guidebook to skiing in the Tetons, …

A Die-Hard Skier’s Ode to Slowing Down

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There’s an embarrassingly daunting four hundred vert left to the summit. We slog through a foot of dense, sun-saturated, week-old, mercifully stable powder. I’m out of breath and my calves are yelling at me beneath a massive swath of oppressively blue, hot sky. I cringe when my hip flexer seizes up as a crashing realization washes over me; this is …

Setting Tracks in Nepal: A Quest for Untouched Lines

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From its original roots as a means of winter hunting, skiing has evolved into various societal facets and developed a culture of its own. From racing to resorts, a ski option for every outdoor winter lover is available—at least in the western hemisphere. Traveling east of central Europe, the world of skiing becomes less and less developed. Only in recent …

Winter Solstice Pole-Pedal-Paddle

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Gliding along the ridge beneath wind wizened trees, the western sky was now completely dark, the sun having set well over an hour before. Our breath swirled in frozen clouds in the chill night air as we stopped at our drop-in point, looking down, searching for our line with the beams of our headlamps. I went first, plunging into the …

Human Powered

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You crush mountains before breakfast. You know better than most that any worthy goal requires dedication. The same is true for making the gear that will take you there…and bring you back safely. That’s why we are dedicated to our Utah facility, that’s why we are thankful for the skilled hands and sharp minds that have kept us going since …

Acclaimations for the Voile SuperCharger

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We tip our hats and raise a glass in gratitude to the gear testers and industry professionals who have shone their spotlight on the newest addition to our family of skis. A ski dedicated to the pursuit of the ultimate backcountry experience. The ski that swept the field in gear reviews across the USA… *Que the fanfare* May we proudly … Launches with 96 New Options

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With a million uses and counting, Voile’s legendary orange straps are finally getting their own website, along with a slew of new colors, buckle options, and an extended size range. What started as a simple ski strap has evolved over the years into a beloved tool for securing, bundling, and repairing almost anything on the go.     With the …