Posts tagged: backcountry skiing

Meet The Vanguard - An Ultra-Light Tool For Optimal Backcountry Versatility

An ultra-light backcountry ski for those who prefer not to sacrifice performance going downhill. The Vaguard 97 and Vanguard 107. Check them out!

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Take Me To Mount Church! Amy David Tells A Tale From The Lost River Range

A multi-day adventure skiing the third tallest peak in Idaho, Mount Church, in the geologically unique Lost River Range on the Vanguard 107 backcountry ski.

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Sawtooths Shred to Hot Springs Soak on the Nomad Lite 105 With Amy David

The Idaho mountains caught my attention a few summers ago, and this winter I felt a magnetic pull to the majestic Sawtooth Range. Imagine the mountains of Patagonia and Alaska had a baby… that’s the Sawthooths in my mind. The mountain ranges surrounding Sun Valley, Idaho have accumulated a snowpack ranking as the third deepest on record which means many zones that are normally un-ridable have been dubbed the green light. Early season, we ticked off laps in the burn, Grumpy’s and Hourglass along the side-country of Sun Valley Resort. While the rare depths of the Wood River powder was a treat, my gut was yearning for the rugged spires of the Sawtooth backcountry. Skiing there is relatively remote, takes a strong physical effort and quality ski partners. Lucky for me, I’ve been adventuring with Sun Valley local backcountry skier/sledder extraordinaire, Jeremy Lato with all the insider beta on the area. This blog takes you along my ski adventures to Boyscout, Sickle, Gun Barrel, Outer Space and Petzholdt Couloirs, and the elusive North East face of Hortsmann Peak, “The Shield.” I rode the Nomad Lite 105 ski providing the freeride style on the descent with incredible light weight to fly up the skin track.

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Icey Shop Spotlight - Wilderness Exchange Unlimited

Wilderness Exchange Unlimited (Wildy X) is an independently owned and operated business in Denver, Colorado.  They specialize in buying and selling equipment that is primarily used in outdoor pursuits such as rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, backcountry skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, backpacking, and camping. High quality outdoor gear is expensive, but WildyX tries to make it more affordable and accessible to the first-time adventurer, as well as the seasoned expert, by finding the best deals in the industry.  The store provides an outlet that helps their vendors and manufacturers run more efficiently by buying Closeouts and Cosmetic 2nds below wholesale, and then passes on these significant savings to their customers. 

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