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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 …

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Voile BIPOC Backcountry Scholarship

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UPDATE 10/16/2020 *This scholarship has closed. Check back next year for a similar opportunity.* The Voile BIPOC Backcountry Scholarship will provide a backcountry set up to help an individual overcome financial constraints that may be hindering their backcountry goals. We venture into the mountains for the unique tranquility and personal growth they provide. As a long time member of the …

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The Gaslight – Gannett Peak Ski Guiding

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Like most mountain guides in mid-March of 2020, I lost all my employment prospects for the foreseeable future due to the fallout of our worldwide pandemic.  Ski patrol work at Big Sky: terminated early.  Ski guiding season: terminated early. Denali guiding season: canceled. Summer guiding season: hard to say; maybe?  Mountain Guiding to COVID Screening With limited options available, I …