Uphill Resort Skiing in 1961? A Thing?

By TheEditors OfWildsnow | April 24, 2019  

This post sponsored by our publishing partner Cripple Creek Backcountry.

We Wildsnow editors were doing historical research in the crumbling archives of an Aspen, Colorado newspaper. We had no idea that uphilling resorts was a thing in 1961! Anyone have another grandpa or grandma they knew did this? I thought in those days, once they installed ski lifts, resorts were for riding the lifts, and the backcountry where they went with human power. Oh, and is this the same guy? If so he’s 123 years old. Uphilling, the secret fountain of youth? In all seriousness, the linked Graham was on the Harvard Route (Denali) first ascent in 1963, perhaps the Times got the dates wrong? Or perhaps the uphiller in the newspaper article is the website guy’s father?

1961 uphill skiing? Let the games begin!

1961 uphill skiing? Let the games begin! Anyone out there that actually knew this guy? Click to enlarge.


The North Face — FUTURELIGHT Clothing — Review

By Guest Blogger | April 22, 2019  

Gary Smith

This post sponsored by our publishing partner Cripple Creek Backcountry.

Pulling Cramp-ins during a big tour in FUTURELIGHT pants.

Pulling Cramp-ins during a big tour in “FUTURELIGHT” pants.

Editor’s note: We are attempting to provide you, dear readers, with legible prose. These all-caps product names make the reading stutter. They work fine for titles and such, but they do not work in prose (other than for SHOUTING). Our policy starting now is we’ll use the official ALLCAPS spelling a few times at the start of a post, then we’ll use readable proper case.

Pants as light as the beacon residing in the dedicated thigh pocket? A jacket so remarkably weightless and mobile that the ethereal shell goes unnoticed? Is it possible to comfortably wear a waterproof shell during aerobic activity? These queries are at the core of one of the biggest fabric innovations since 1969, that time long ago when Wilbert and Bob Gore stretched Teflon into a breathable membrane.

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Kokanee — Crazy Mary and KGR Couloirs

By Julia Dubinina | April 17, 2019  

This post sponsored by our publishing partner Cripple Creek Backcountry.

We made it to Crazy Mary, Kate drops in with lots of stoke.

Crazy Mary, Kate drops in with lots of stoke.

The last week of March, Louie and I had the privilege of joining a rad group of humans on another round of Kokanee hut fun. This year the Kootenay snowpack was lower than usual, with us arriving at the hut to learn that there had been no new snow in the region for almost three weeks. We were greeted by blue skies and gorgeous visibility on the heli flight in, a world different from the stormy ski touring weather we experienced last year. The views sure were nice, but it was heartbreaking to see signs of lots of warming activity; rollerballs, cinnamon rolls, chunks of leftover wet slides all around the mountains.

All smiles on a sunny day on Kokanee Glacier

All smiles on a sunny day on Kokanee Glacier.

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