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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Bike Touring: How Far Can You Bike in a Day?

By Megan Maxwell
While planning a bike trip, an important question to ask yourself is, “How far can I bike every day?” Having a flexible schedule is ideal, but it is also good to have a timeline for when you can finish your trip.

On my third day of my bike trip from Canada to Mexico, I was taking a break on the side of the road when a local cyclist stopped beside me. He was waiting for his group to catch up with him, and seeing my panniers, he asked where I was going. I told him about my bike trip. “Oh, so did you start in Vancouver this morning?” “No, I started there three days ago,” I replied.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Ski or Snowboard Weekend in Whistler

For 2015, Whistler Blackcomb has once again been rated as the number one ski resort in North America. People travel from all over the world to visit Whistler and get a chance to strap in and experience what makes Whistler so great.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Riding the Plank | Snowboard Jumps | Flight = Freedom

snowboard jumpsBy: Brian Negele

Learning how to do a proper heel turn, a toe turn, carve...then, finally carving at high speeds, is just the obvious progression in boarding. What really breaks the gap between that and bigger and better things? Well... that would be jumping!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Your New Hoverboard Skateboard | Mr. Hoverboard

Paging Marty McFly!  Real or fake - this hoverboard skateboard looks real but you can't believe everything you see on YouTube...

Either way, this hoverboard skateboard is on my Christmas list.  And I'm looking forward to the XGames Skateboard Hoverboard event in 2017.  Although we will need to design a new "hoverboard rack" for this one.  

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Carrying a Ski or Snowboard Multitool on the Mountain

snowboard_carabiner_tool__33238.1415723090.1280.1280.jpgA multitool can be a very useful thing to carry with you on a regular basis. Some people have a Leatherman or a Gerber tool that they use as part of their EDC (every day carry). There are multiple reasons to carry one along when you are skiing or snowboarding (or during any outdoor activity, actually). “Be Prepared” is more than just the boy scout motto -- it is great advice for any athlete that is going to be out on their board. Here are a few reasons you may want to consider carrying a multitool with you.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

7 Ways to Beat Ski Traffic...and How to Keep Your Cool When You Don't

By Maya Silver
skiing colorado
Are you a victim of ski traffic? If you're a skier or rider living in a city who works the Monday-Friday grind, chances are the answer is a big, sad YES. While there's no magic bullet solution (besides owning your own private jet, that is), there is a better way—at least I'm determined to find one.

I'll never forget the time that I woke up at the ungodly hour of 5am to beat the traffic to Winter Park. I really thought I was outsmarting all the other powder hounds that day! Who else would be crazy enough to rise in the dark on a bitterly cold and snowy Saturday morning? Apparently, everyone else in Denver.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Ski and Snowboard Goggle Care | Cleaning Your Goggles

By: Ryan Centioli

Whether you ski or snowboard, your goggles are one of the most important pieces of equipment for your day at the mountain. Your goggles protect your eyes, allow you to see better in poor visibility, and take a lot of abuse. Plus, they're often very expensive. So it makes sense to take care of your goggles, so they can take care of you! Here's how to care and clean your goggles.

How many times have you seen this? Goggles hanging in the rear view mirror of someones car. Some of you may be thinking, "I keep my goggles like that." While the "rear view mirror goggle hang" might look cool, and let everyone know how much you love to hit mountain, it's ruining your goggles! When ski and snowboard goggles hang from rear view mirrors it allows UV rays to shine through, and heat up the inner side of your lens! This can cause lens blur, lens warping, the breakdown of anti-fog coating, and can cloud the lens making your goggles difficult to see out of!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Day in the Life of a Lifty: Working at a Ski Resort

By: Claire Botsy

561177_10151606648590879_583493485_n.jpgThinking about whether the lifty life is the life for you? Do you have what it takes to be a respectable member of the ski resort work force? The grueling day described will hopefully weed out the weak ones, leaving the most fit to uphold the standard of lifties everywhere.

You wake up early, not because you are about to carve some sick runs in deep pow, but because you have to scan the lucky guy that gets to do just that. It isn’t too regrettable though, getting first run and riding everyday are as commonplace as the Aussies that you work with.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Staying Warm Distance Biking | What to Pack and Wear on a Bike Trip

By Megan Maxwell

Having proper clothing and staying warm is very important while biking for long distances. While you will likely be biking in the sun a decent amount, it will also be cold, cloudy, and raining fairly regularly. It’s essential to bring lightweight clothing that is functional.  By wearing layers, you can regulate your body temperature by adding or removing layers as needed.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

How to Pack Your Bike for a Plane Ride | Bike Travel Tips

shipping a bike by plane
By Megan Maxwell

Traveling with a bike can be very stressful. First, you have to worry about booking tickets with an airline that doesn’t overcharge for bikes. Then you have to disassemble your bike and hope that it arrives at your destination safely. There’s also a good chance that TSA will open the box and not bother to put things back correctly. While some aspects of traveling are out of your control, you can still disassemble and package your bike to the best of your abilities.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Home Guide to Sharpening Snowboard Edges | Tune Your Snowboard's Angles

Now that you’ve learned to fix your snowboard base and wax your snowboard at home, know that there is other basic snowboard maintenance you can perform yourself. Sharpening your edges will help your snowboard perform better. This is a small adjustment that can make a world of difference in how your board grips the snow as you carve. Basically, you will be sharpening the edges to a specific angle where you want to board to grip the snow better and detuning (or dulling) the edges that you don’t want to catch. According to ABC-of-snowboarding, edge maintenance should be done after each day of riding.

This is done before you wax but after you remove your bindings. You can will need to use a file guide with your edge file to make sure that you are creating the correct angle on your edge. Before you do this part (and especially if you are new to it), take a marker and put a strip of color along the entire edge that you will be filing. The goal of marking is to make sure you get each part of the edge sharpened, not just a section or two. The edges can be 90 degrees, 89 degrees, or 88 degrees. The lower the number, the more grip that the edge will create. The creation of an angle on the edge is called beveling. There are two surfaces that you can sharpen: the base and the side.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

How to Repair Your Snowboard: Base Damage

Last week, we discussed waxing your board to get it ready for riding, but unfortunately sometimes bad things happen to good boards, like when you find yourself riding down the mountain and hear that sickening sound of a rock grinding into the bottom of your board. This is even more likely early in the season when the conditions aren't as prime, so it is possibly going to be coming up soon.