Backcountry Skiing/Riding
January in the Selkirks

January in the Selkirks

It hasn’t snowed significantly in weeks yet mountain experiences in January have been magnificent. Instead of the typical faceshots and endless tree runs, riders have explored some fantastic alpine terrain and remarkably low avalanche hazard. Below are a few photos of fun times in the Selkirks. After nearly 20 years of mechanized skiing in the...
Northern Selkirks Half Traverse

Northern Selkirks Half Traverse

After many spring seasons engrossed in guide training programs, work trips and prescribed itineraries, I’d grown increasingly enthusiastic about re-connecting with the type of mountain experience that can only be found in a wilderness context. Don’t get me wrong; I certainly appreciate and indulge in carafes of vin rouge and personal/family sized portions of Rösti...
Ski Mountaineering Skis and KÄSTLE FX 104

Ski Mountaineering Skis and KÄSTLE FX 104

About touring/ski mountaineering skis: Backcountry/ski mountaineering skis should do two things: help you climb uphill without too much extra effort, and get you downhill as comfortably as possible for the given snow conditions. Sounds simple enough, but my own web statistics (and internet trolling) seem to indicate that your average web-crawling skier spends more time...

Crested Butte’s Maroon Bells Wilderness

Our meager Colorado snowpack is dwindling, and unfortunately I chose this April to stay here in Crested Butte and make the most our spring ski opportunities. I guess I can chalk it up to bad luck after an excellent winter chasing powder… Anyhow, last week Josh Hirshberg and I ventured deep into the Maroon Bells-Snowmass...

February in Chamonix, France

Mike Bromberg and Ben Mitchell skiing in Chamonix, France

Selkirk Video Trip Report

Just pure unadulterated powder skiing in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. choking on deep powder in the Selkirks. January 2012. During this trip, I alternated between the Kästle Skis BMX 128 (for big open terrain) and the FX 104 (for when I wanted just a little more snow in the face) both skis...

Skinning Technique Video Lesson

Much of the western US is just now beginning their ski seasons, which means sore hip flexors are a common ailment all around the mountain west. Skinning technique is just as important as cardiovascular fitness for long days touring in the backcountry. Remember to keep those skis on the snow in order to maximize efficiency....
We are the Crested Butte Avalanche Center

We are the Crested Butte Avalanche Center

The snowpack in the Crested Butte Backcountry right now isn’t exactly the stuff dreams are made of, so over the past few weeks I’ve immersed myself into making a short documentary type film for the Crested Butte Avalanche Center. The community of Crested Butte is comprised of some of the most caring, compassionate and supportive...
First Turns 11/12

First Turns 11/12

The first tour of the season is always and interesting one. There is just enough snow out in the Crested Butte backcountry to get out there and iron out the kinks. It really is more than a little on the thin side. For current conditions in our zone be sure to check out the CBAC....