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Transceiver Interference

Andy Dappen discusses an interesting article from Avalanche Canada about interfering electronics and objects that might render your avalanche transceiver useless. For those of you who use one, this is important to read. Your foil chocolate bar wrapper may hinder this life saving device.

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Equestrian Skijoring

So you thought Skijoring was for the dogs. Think again. Skijoring was coined in the 1920's by the Norwegians to mean "ski drive" and is the action of being pulled over snow or ice on skis by a dog, horse, or motor vehicle.
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A Skiing Triple Play

Triple play, three act play, Holy Trinity, we three kings, Triple Crown, treble hook, triumvirate…. It’s a reality of life that it often takes three to give a notion magic or weight. Three stooges, three blind Mice, Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld… Here’s a another reality of life: Three can also be the harbinger of disaster, a colossal mistake, or stupidity of the most memorable kind.

 

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The College of Skiing -- East vs. West

Two years ago, I was forced to abandon my non-committal attitude about the future and consider colleges. After weeks of perusing college guides, I narrowed down the list of possibilities based on a few factors that were non-negotiable: I wanted a small school with a curriculum that was academically rigorous, a small town, an international outlook…and I needed to be able to ski.
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Coolest Products -2

How quickly have we opened our mouths and inserted a foot. Right after professing in Coolest Products – 1 that we rarely see things at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Show that really knock our socks off, we saw something that promises to do just that.

Topo! Explorer, an Internet map website being launched by National Geographic in April, rates as the coolest thing we saw at the show this year. We previewed a beta version of the website...

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Coolest Products - 1

"What’s the coolest thing you saw?" That’s the ubiquitous question when we return from the Outdoor Retailer Winter Show in Salt Lake City. At the show, over 2,000 skiing, climbing, hiking, snowshoeing, and clothing manufacturers arrive to display their goods and gadgets. ...
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Utah Ski Testing

Many boards billed as ‘backcountry’ skis are burdensome beasts that are only marginally lighter than resort skis. If you’re looking for skis that will primarily be powered uphill by human-powered quads, a light ski has its virtues. Here's what to look for in a light ski and some models we tested in Utah.

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Randonnee First Tracks

Kim Anderson describes his introduction to randonnee (or alpine touring) skiing, a sport he once thought was for snooty Gen-Xer escaping the glitz and hype of a downhill ski resort. These people, he contended,  loved granola and had jobs where attendance was a recommendation rather than a requirement. Now he understands the sport's appeal

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Avalanche Shovels

Avalanche hazard along the Cascade crest is high this year so we’re giving greater coverage to avalanche avoidance and safety equipment. Here’s a discussion of avalanche shovels, a vital piece of equipment to complement a beacon and a probe....
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Avalanches - A Deadly Season

The winter of 2007-08 is shaping up as one of the more deadly avalanche seasons in Washington’s history. Already nine people have died, statewide, in avalanches and our current conditions will probably see that statistic worsening. Here's what's happening and how to protect yourself.

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