How To

How To: Snowboard in Powder


As intuitive as it looks, snowboarding in powder actually requires more technique than you’d think. Figure it out and you’ve unlocked the door to the best part of being a snowboarder.


How To Mount Snowboard Bindings

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Getting your snowboard setup dialed is akin to fine-tuning a car, but much easier. Still, you want things to be just right when you mount bindings on your board, from choosing binding angles to stance width and forward lean. Finding a comfortable stance width comes first – most riders use between 21”-23” stance widths. To…


How to Pack Your Backpack

The North Face Tree Hugger 32L Backpack

Whether you are packing for a short or long hike, you must always be prepared for the worse. A few key items to bring along with you on you hike are: map and compass, plenty of water, rain gear, adequate food, knife or utility tool, first aid kit, fire starting materials (matches, lighter, flint and…


How To: Turn Heelside and Toeside on a Snowboard


You likely already know this, but executing – carving – both turns correctly takes some practice and attention to form and body positioning. Here are some tips to help you learn the first time you take to the hill.


Glossary: Snowshoeing Terms

Grasping the snowshoe lingo will be helpful when making snowshoe related purchases and in learning more about the sport. Take a peak at the most common terms associated with snowshoeing… Backcountry – Typically refers to ‘off the beaten path’ or a place with no designated trails. Binding – A device with straps that attaches your…


How to Purify Water in the Wilderness


  Safe Drinking Water Water is heavy to carry in your pack, especially if you’re planning a multi-day trek in the wilderness. Knowledge is key. Is it a heavily travelled trail? Are there campsites nearby? Have you seen hikers with dogs? Are there farms nearby? There are still many pristine places on our planet, especially…


Finding the Right Snowboard Flex


Get out your flex meter and find out what stiffness fits your style of riding before buying a snowboard


What is a Splitboard?


There’s nothing more entertaining than standing at a backcountry trailhead and having someone walk by, stop, and ask, “Is that thar one of them splitboards?” While splitboards have been around for a decade or more, they have remained largely out of the mainstream until the last couple years. Teton Gravity Research’s new Film “Deeper”, which…


Burton’s Shrinkage Boot Technology Explained


If you ride boots bigger than size 10, you are typically limited to boards with wider waists to avoid toe drag. Burton has reached the point where many of its boots’ footprint is now a full size smaller. For example, a size 10.5 now has the profile of a 9.5, and you can fit into…


Choosing the Right Base Layer Clothing

Long underwear has been a household name for decades. However, it’s come a long way in terms of popularity, materials used, durability and performance. These day, long underwear is also known as base layer, first layer or performance underwear. Since base layers are worn directly against the skin, it’s imperative that it’s soft and has…