Starbucks and Microsoft aren’t the only awesome things in Washington. The skiing is amazing too. With record-breaking snowfall averages, the ski season is long and fruitful, though not always for the faint of heart. This guide book reveals local knowledge and tunes you into the habits of the snowpack for safe travel and peace-of-mind. The focus of this book is near the SeaTac area ..
When you envision Colorado ski-mountaineering you likely picture something resembling Rocky Mountain National Park. For good reason as it’s wild and picturesque. Mark Kelly’s guidebook is the ultimate compass that unlocks the secrets of the park and inspires long days in the backcountry. Feast your eyes on some of the most awe-inspiring terrain on the planet. Grab a tank of gas, ..
To many people, California is a hot desert with too many people that only surf and visit Coachella. For any serious ski mountaineer, however, California should be a seasonal destination for steep skiing and pushing limits. It’s not too far from anyone in the Western US and the conditions are often stable, especially in the spring. The almost-excessive amount of snow sets up quickly..
The Western United States seems to get all the attention within the skiing community but maybe that’s just because New Englanders like it that way to keep the yokels away. Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast is the guide book for ski touring of all kinds in the Northeast. Whether you free your heel or keep it locked, prefer skins or fish-scales, enjoy plastic or metal edges, t..
Andy Tyson is a seasoned NOLS Instructor, guide for Alpine Ascents International, and a veteran Exum Mountain Guide. Needless to say, Andy has years of high mountain experience. Mike Clelland is a NOLS instructor and the life-breath of this wonderful book. The two of them got together to write Glacier Mountaineering which is an intelligent guide to safe-travel on glaciers with a un..
Written by Mark Houston and Kathy Cosley, both of which are UIAGM/IFMGA licensed guides, this book covers everything from the basic alpine environment to proper hazard assessment tools. Learn more about how to make educated decisions and operate safely in the mountains...
The complete guide to the construction, placement, and anatomy of a climbing anchor. Loaded with pictures and diagrams of good examples, bad examples, neat tricks, and all sorts of info to make you an expert on climbing anchors. Just add experience...
A handy reference, the Outdoor Knots Book clearly explains every useful knot for backcountry skiing, mountaineering, camping and more. While not a complete bible for knot-nerds, it has easy-to-follow descriptions of the knots you’ll appreciate. With bonus coiling techniques, maintenance tips, and knot characteristics, this book will help you master vertical sports and lounging in..
This well-written skimo guide contains everything you need to know to get started racing. Even veterans of the sport will pick up some helpful tips. Written by Skintrack.com’s Stano Faban and Eric Carter who combined have many years of experience racing in World Cup and other ISMF races.
Click here to order the eBook directly from the authors...
The life of Doug Coombs, the legendary steep-skiing pioneer, is told through the eyes of Robert Cocuzzo in this epic biography. Complete with words like fall line, beacon, Napoleon complex, and a breakdown of avalanche science, this book is sure to intrigue anyone interested in learning about the life of one of the greats...
After helping with the rescue of a volunteer during the 2016 Powder Keg, Steve Achelis has logged almost 400 rescues in the mountains. Luckily that one was successful and Emily was survived her slide down Clayton peak. Not all have been as successful, and you will learn about the differences in Steve’s book Mountain Responder. Mr. Achelis (creator of the Wasatch Backcountry Skiing ..
A board-certified emergency physician's guide to staying safe and healthy at altitude. This updated second edition guide includes the latest and greatest information about everything from preparing for your first high altitude adventure to different types of high altitude drugs and symptoms of high altitude sickness...
The 4th Edition of Adventure Medical Kits’ Wilderness & Travel Medicine book is better than ever. If you have spent time in the wilderness you are well-aware that eventually, things happen. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. Things happen, even to the most experienced backcountry users. Written by Dr. Eric A. Weiss, a renowned expert in wilderness medicine, this bo..
The Avalanche Pocket Guide is a fold-out field reference pamphlet that's been nicely laminated and has a fancy built in inclinometer. A perfect gift for anyone that spends time outside in the winter.
Don't head to the glacier without it. The Crevasse Rescue Pocket Guide is something all climbers, hikers, mountaineers, mountain goats, skiers, and anyone that travels on snow should have memorized...
The best skiing map of the Wasatch mountains. Virtually all the named chutes, bowls, peaks, and fun. Printed on waterproof paper.
All proceeds from the sale of this map are donated to the Utah Avalanche Center.
A 3D map of the three main canyons above Salt Lake City, the Tri-Canyon map is the best way to visualize the opportunities for fun. The books come with a pair of 3D glasses that make the Wasatch come alive. Really cool limited edition map...
Turn your forehead into a billboard with this adjustable trucker hat. Comes in skimo blue or emo black. Front panel in white adorned with the Skimo Co logo...
It sucks to buy a new pole just because a part was knocked off by a passing tree. See below for some pole parts available from Dynafit.
Ultralight Pole Straps - The same Ultralight Pole straps found on the Carbonio pole. Please note these are sold with black webbing rather than the green webbing shown in the picture.
Butterfly 2.0 Baskets - The removable “surface-area extende..
If you ski a lot, chances are that parts will break, get lost, or simply worn down. Typically, this will happen just after the warranty period expires. In any case, spare parts are great to have around. Below is our list of replacement parts for Kohla’s poles. All parts are sold individually unless noted otherwise as x2.
Feather Pro Lower x1 - The 14mm carbon fiber lower belongi..
Whether you like some powder or lots of powder, Black Diamond makes the right size basket for you. If you cut off your straps and later regret it, maybe you can find replacements here. Various BD ski pole widgets are listed below.
Powder Baskets – Two 100mm wide baskets that come in gray or black. 19 grams (0.7 ounces) each.
Compact Powder Baskets – Cutouts help prevent the b..
Eli Whitney has long been credited with the popularization of interchangeable and replaceable parts, an idea that’s been around since the late 1700’s. Thankfully, that lightbulb moment is still a technique being used today. Break a pole? Lose a basket? Our G3 pole parts listing should have you covered:
Grip Straps – Compatible with any G3 pole, these replaceable straps are sold ..
Ski Trab pole replacement parts to fix or upgrade your poles. All baskets are sold in pairs. Handles, straps, and ferrules are sold individually.
Vertical Baskets - Race pole baskets that measure 6.5cm x 6.5cm. For Trab Vertical or similar poles. 11mm inner diameter at the mouth. 18 grams with the included metal tips.
Gara Baskets - Bigger, rounder race baskets that are found..
When you finally learned to not run with scissors, your mother probably thought she had finished her job and never imagined you'd be skiing with an ice axe in your hand. Do yourself and your mother a favor by keeping this on your axe when not in use. This Black Diamond Protector protects you from picks of all sorts, but especially those found on a Whippet pole. This is the safety d..
Tired of deciding whether to bring an ice axe along with your Whippet or Whippets? Here is the answer: Bring the Whippet(s) and a Conehead(s). Coneheads convert any Black Diamond Whippet into a tool you can plunge into the snow. Just remove the lower section of your pole and slide in a Conehead and you now have an tool to plunge like an axe. They also come with a handy bungee to se..
The Carbon insoles are Superfeet's lighest and thinnest model. They offer stability while racing and touring without weighing you down or squashing your performance fit. Made with carbon fiber and ultralight foam, the insoles help keep your heel in place while providing arch support for medium to high arches. They also add a little insulation between your foot and the snow.
The Blue insoles are Superfeet's middle of the road model. They offer stability while racing and touring. Made with structured heel cup and full length foam to provide support for every step. The insoles help keep your heel in place while providing arch support for medium arches. They also add some insulation between your foot and the snow.
Thin construction is great for all ..
The Hot Pink insoles are Superfeet's women's specific model. They offer dual layers to provide the most warmth touring. Made with Outlast top sheet dual thermal foam, the insoles help keep your heel in place while providing arch support for medium arches. They also add lots of insulation between your foot and the snow.
Outlast construction for warmth..
Washable with soap, w..
As Superfeet’s most popular insole, the Green model fits the most feet. With a fairly high, well-placed arch and an ample heel cup, the green offers good support for skiing. It also features heavy-duty shock absorption which appeals the resort crowd and hucksters. It’s rather high volume so great if you are trying to take up some space in your ski boots to achieve the right fit. Ge..
The Merino Grey insoles are Superfeet's based off their super popular green model. They offer good shape and stability with warmth of a Merino wool top sheet. Made with structured heel cup and full length foam to provide support for every step. The insoles help keep your heel in place while providing arch support for high arches. They also add insulation between your foot and the s..
Capable of withstanding a nuclear bomb, the plague, or even some motivated ski edges, the Black Diamond Ski Strap is a simple invention with thousands of uses. For example, with the forked tongue, they fit perfectly over many instep buckles in the case you break a strap or cable on your boots. The straps are bit more stretchy than the Voiles, and feature a burly aluminum buckle. Us..
Not only can Voile ski straps hold a pair of skis together, they also come in handy for various unforseen circumstances. They've been used to hold skins onto skis when glue fails and hold boots onto feet when a buckle fails. They can also lash a broken pole together or be used to attach items to your pack. Many skiers won't leave home without a strap or two or four in their pack ju..
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A field kit assembled by Plum, the tool box features a lightweight driver with multiple bits. Also included is grease, loctite, wax, and a scraper tool. The kit comes in a zipped pouch for easy storage...
The G3 Mini Pozidriv is just about the smallest and lightest way to ensure you’ll finish your ski mountaineering missions. This cute little keychain-sized screwdriver could save your day if you forgot to adjust for your boots of the day or had a mishap in the field. It's #3 Pozi tip will work to make any and all adjustments on G3 bindings such as the ION and ZED. And if your other-..
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DWR treated softshell jackets, pants, skin suits, gloves, and the like get stinky after a while. Throwing them in the wash with normal detergent can easily strip weatherproofing and render a perfectly good garment useless in inclement weather. Use the Nikwax products below to keep your soft goods performing as if they were new. All the garment care products come with easy-to-follow..
Another Voile accessory you can’t live without. This simple slice of plastic has almost as many uses as the world-famous Voile ski straps. Scrape ice off your skis, skins, goggles, boots, or anything else. The scraper has a pointy corner for poking in tight spots like ski/walk lever mechanisms, and a notched corner for edge work. The scraper is beveled on one edge for a perfect scr..
Need a backup battery? Replacement head strap? Find accessories for the Ski Trab headlamps here.
Aero Head Strap – The headband with Velcro onto which you can attach a lamp.
Helmet Support – The tripod that mounts to a helmet to support an Aero lamp.
7.4V Battery Packs – Two and four cell packs for use with the 400 and 1600 lumen lamps.
7.4V Battery Charger – A/C adapto..
The skin-care products you are mostly likely to find in a skier’s possession involve water-repellency, glide-improvement, glop-reduction, and long-term storage. This skin product, however, isn’t for your climbing skins but rather is formulated for your epidermis. Dermatone Skin Protector protects your mug from the elements, so you can nail that Instagram shot without excess risk of..
Dermatone’s "No-Touch" Sunscreen Stick is the leader in the battle against greasy hands involved in sun protection. It also, of course, battles hard against said sun. At a whopping SPF 50, this moisturizing and fragrance-free sunscreen stick is applied like a glue stick. Except on your face. No need to take your gloves off to top-up your protection.
US Ski Team's official sun..
The official lip balm of the US Ski team. Unfortunately the US Skimo team isn't recognized in that group yet but fingers remain crossed. While that one hand has crossed fingers, your other hand you can be applying Dermatone's Medicated Lip Balm, the superior defense against chapped lips. Widely regarded as the "best chapstick ever", the Medicated Lip Balm uses a really dense formul..
Outside of your avalanche safety gear, this is the one piece of gear that should always be in your pack. Reflecting a whopping 90% of your infrared heat, weighing in at slightly more than a Tic-Tac (pending Tic-Tac weigh in), and packing to smaller than a deck of cards, the ARVA Rescue Blanket is a necessary adventure-buddy that might just save your adventure-behind. If things didn..
Open it, shake it, and let your worries dissolve away as the heat builds up. With a 5-year lifespan, these hand-warmers heat up to 135°F (57°C) and are odorless, battery-free, and have a place in every backcountry skiers backpack. The air-activated formula fits well in most gloves and mittens, and provides several hours of artificial heat. Placing the hand warmer into an overmitt p..
Some of us stop skiing earlier than we should when our hands get cold. For others, quitting starts with feet. After trying sweaty socks, inflexible liners, expensive electronics, and homeopathic remedies, it may be time for a simpler solution. Yaktrax toe warmers are air-activated packets of magic that add just enough heat to get you through a long day. You’ll find even more benefi..
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If there is such a thing as an inverse of fun, it’s probably frostbite or frostnip, both of which are unpleasant. Sold as individual packets with four pieces (nose, cheeks, and cut-your-own), these small adhesive patches gently stick to your skin to prevent wind-burn and frostbite. Apply to clean, dry skin, then massage the patch onto your skin for the thorough adhesion, and then g..
Freeze-dried means ultralight. If skiing until your legs fall off and then eating until you pass out sounds like an average Saturday to you, then we invite you to keep reading. Fueling to an appropriate level (approximately 200 calories per hour) is important for sustained efforts in the backcountry, why not fuel effectively and keep your taste-buds happy at the same time? The huma..