It is the time of year when Hawaiian shirts mix with ski socks and when all the skin hidden under layers of GORE-TEX and long underwear all winter are exposed. It’s also the time of year when snow and water mix in the magical end-of-season spectacle called pond skimming. At its most basic, pond skimming […]
By the rules of the outdoor industry, I shouldn’t have been having fun. I was picking my way over boulders in Missouri’s Cathedral Canyon, and I didn’t have a lick of fancy gear. Backpack, tent, sleeping bag, down coat—all of it was back home in Washington. I left it there when I came to St.
“Challenging spring conditions include the rapid transition from slick snow to grabbing snow, which pushes the rider forward,” says John Batchelder, pro patrol director at Lookout Pass. “Proper stance and balance is a key to staying in control. Knee and shoulder injuries are common in this situation.” Be mindful of the “freeze-thaw-freeze effect,” according to
By Jean Arthur Cowboys and cowgirls gallop their horses out of the start, snow clods flying, chaps flapping as skiers hang tight to ropes attached to saddles. Skiers and snowboarders, towed behind the steeds, hit snow jumps built into the 700-foot loop course. This is skijoring, an old sport rejuvenated. Here in Red Lodge, Mont.,
By March, the urgency of the ski season has passed. First chairs, perfect lines, shin-deep tree runs have been scored. But the season is not done by any means. The mountains are still calling, and there are many ways that spring takes skiing and snowboarding to a higher level of bliss. 1. Powder Dumps: Sometimes
I don’t like setting expectations, mainly because I end up being disappointed. Maybe I should try setting lower standards, and then fail to meet them. A great example would be the tradition of making that New Year’s resolution to get into shape starting Jan. 1. Not me. No, I set the date for Feb. 1,
Signing up for and completing a race is extremely satisfying—and even more so when proceeds help members of the local community. Here are four events that will deliver good will and inspiration long after the race is over. Spokane River Run (April 19): This race features a 5k, 10k, 25k, 50k, and 50k team relay
I hate treadmills. I am far from alone on this. A treadmill run can be dreary, making you feel like a hamster on a wheel—because basically, that’s what you are. Sometimes, though, a treadmill is just a piece of essential gear, a tool that helps runners get through the often sloppy “shoulder season” bridging from