Winter

Ski, snowboard, ice climb, snowshoeing… and anything else on ice and snow.

Cross Country ski gear – Fischer, Toko

It was to be my biggest ski year to date -- three weekend trips, a 51-kilometer race and tons of training. In preparation, I researched ski gear before the snow fell and picked up a new pair of sticks a week after Thanksgiving. Read More...

February 17, 2004

REI Winter Ridge Nordic Jacket

It's 10 AM on a Saturday morning in early December. My skis are on the snow, and it's time to get serious. The Birkebeiner, a 51-kilometer ski race held annually each February in northern Wisconsin, is looming on my calendar. Read More...

February 17, 2004

Snowshoe reviews – Atlas, Grivel, MSR

Snowshoe manufacturers like to call snowshoeing the fastest-growing winter sport in the United States. Personally, I've relied on snowshoes more and more in the past five years, especially for tough mountain approaches where skis would be too cumbersome. Read More...

February 17, 2004

Montrail Bivouac Booties — “Technical Slippers”

It was early January and I'd been lured into a three-day winter camping trip in Ontario's Quetico Provincial Park. This was no walk in the woods, as they say. Temps were below zero and we had 22 kilometers of backcountry terrain to ski before setting up camp. Read More...

January 13, 2004

World’s Best Winter Hat

Three months ago I set out to find the world's best winter hat for skiers, snowshoers, climbers and general outdoor enthusiasts. I collected and reviewed a dozen new and classic designs, testing the hats on outings from Chicago to northern Ontario and in temps as low as 25 below zero. Read More...

January 13, 2004

Free Spirit Outfitter — Deluxe Skijor Package

Scandinavians long have combined skis and dogs for efficient wintertime travel. Skijoring, which translates literally to "ski-driving" in Norwegian, borrows techniques and equipment from dog sledding and Nordic skiing to create a unique sport that is currently seeing a renaissance in the United States. Read More...

January 13, 2004
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