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Late Night in La Grave

In Trip Reports by Tele Mike RussellLeave a Comment

Ski trips shouldn’t just focus on the adventures that take place on the mountain. There is much more to skiing than sliding, gliding, and making turns on snow. During my escapes to adventure ski around the world, I astutely learned that some of the best adventures are experienced during the exploration of surrounding villages and their communities of soulful mountain …

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Snack Time! Our favorite backcountry meals, and why.

In One Question, Many Voices by Voile Mfg.Leave a Comment

Unless you’re a modern-day Davy Crockett, odds are you’re deciding what food you’re going to bring into the backcountry from the comfort of your home, tent, or van. And that’s ok! As a matter of fact, this opens the door for many unique backcountry meal opportunities. From a protein bar to a “charcuteski” board, sardines to a sandwich, last night’s …

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Supercharger vs V6 vs Manti: Which Ski is Right For You?

In Tech Alert by Voile Mfg.Leave a Comment

The Supercharger, V6, and Manti. Three different skis with more similarities than differences. Each serves as a piece of the foundation upon which the rest of the Voile lineup is built. We wouldn’t hesitate to take any of these skis out into the backcountry, in powder, or even in the resort. That said, there are a few notable characteristics in …

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Hardboots or Softboots… which is right for you?

In Pro Tips, Tech Alert by Aaron DiamondLeave a Comment

Photos Courtesy of Aaron Diamond Like many splitboarders… …I started out in a traditional (soft) snowboard boot. These were the same boots I wore at the resort. They were comfortable, warm, rode well, and required no break-in. By many standards, they were an exceptional boot for touring. A few years splitboarding and a handful of avalanche classes later, my ambitions …

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Introducing seven new members to the V-Team

In Voile History by Voile Mfg.Leave a Comment

Photo Courtesy of Iain Kuo. If you’ve been following along on social media you’d know that we’ve spent this fall searching for seven new members to join us as V-Team ambassadors for the 21/22 season. While the V-Team has always been open to people from all backgrounds, this year we made the conscious effort to invite underrepresented folx to apply …

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2021 BIPOC Backcountry Scholarship Recipients

In Giveaways, Guest Post, Voile History by Voile Mfg.Leave a Comment

First off, we’d like to give a big virtual round of applause to all who offered their time and effort to share their stories through these essays. Your participation in this scholarship has given us an opportunity to help work towards equal representation within the backcountry community. We’d also like to thank the BIPOC volunteers that helped judge all of …

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Creating Group Synergy in the Backcountry

In Pro Tips by Ben ZavoraLeave a Comment

There is no replacement for good group synergy when traveling in and around avalanche terrain. Good synergy within a group can help create an epic day of powder euphoria. The lack of it can also be the difference in returning home safely. Although finding good backcountry partners can be challenging, setting some basic ground rules and strategies before heading out …

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Adapting to Antarctica

In Climate Change by Brooke JacksonLeave a Comment

Adapting to Antarctica by Brooke Jackson. Polar Explorer Eric Larsen huddles in his tent. Each word and thought hangs heavy with exhaustion. Existing amongst the icy void at 86-degrees south, on December 18th, 2018, Larsen reluctantly abandons hope of conquering the 1,130-kilometer solo ski speed record from the Hercules Inlet to the South Pole. 

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2021 BIPOC Backcountry Scholarship

In Giveaways by Voile Mfg.Leave a Comment

**This Scholarship has closed. Please click here for the 2022 BIPOC Backcountry Scholarship** We venture into the mountains for the unique tranquility and personal growth they provide. As a long-time member of the outdoor industry, we recognize the lack of diversity in outdoor spaces and have come to face the troubling reality that these spaces are not exempt from discrimination. …

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New V-Team Captain invites underrepresented skiers and splitboarders to apply

In Voile History by Emily SullivanLeave a Comment

There are countless athlete and ambassador teams in the ski industry, but V-team is different in many ways. It could be argued that Voile’s motto says it all: “Simple. Solid. Backcountry.” Our singular focus is backcountry travel; V-team members are tourers at heart. Whether maintaining mental health, building fitness, ticking off objectives, or seeking the simple pleasure of meadow skipping, …