Ski Touring News Roundup — April 2019

Post by blogger | April 8, 2019      

This post sponsored by our publishing partner Cripple Creek Backcountry. They’ve got deals galore these days. More, lots of things happening for Colorado locals.

We haven’t done a news roundup for a while. Not for any lack of material, just being pulled in a lot of different directions. Including a big writing project you’ll eventually hear more about.

I always get a laugh. Substitute the word “snowboarding” for “uphill skiing” in articles about resorts dealing with the trend. Try this article for the substitution.

Skimo racing (yes, we’ll acquiesce and use that term) continues its rise to the North American athletic mainstream. The endless slog in the dark is amazingly popular. Perhaps some day they’ll add in a mountain top. Honestly, respect. And I get a giggle out of how human powered skiing, and skimo, are becomming the moral equivalent of sainthood among ski cultures as disparate as corporate boardrooms and, Freeskier Magazine. Freeskier? I thought that was about big lines and jibbing, never done with skis narrower than 120 millimeters. Now they’ve got skimo articles about people riding toothpicks. Can you say “editorial me-too?” Whatever, skimo is a cool sport. How about the hardest races?

On the climate front, e-bikes continue their rise. Paris rental bikes, do they include a wine bottle holder?

Also on the climate front, nuclear power continues to entice. My opinion? If we are indeed on a nearly inexorable march to the extinction of snow due to global warming, look at every solution, and actually implement a few instead of bloviating?

Scientific American
Technology Review

Ooooh la la, avy airbags are big ticket, so they’re catching attention outside our silo ski touring culture. Check out this industrial journalism. You can buy the entire report for $2,900.00. The price of three backpacks!

Enjoy springtime in the Northern Hem everyone!


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