Ski Touring Resources

We’ve tried to provide a concise list of backcountry skiing resources here, with emphasis on folks we think provide useful services, information, or who help us out. Check them all out from time to time for some interesting browsing!

Backcountry Skiing and Snowsports The goods you came here for

Chuting (Are backcountry skiing and firearm safety related to each other?)
Dynafit (Speed up with the ultimate in lightweight backcountry skiing gear.)
Offpistemag.com (These guys are cool, the spirit of glisse is alive and well!)
Backcountry Access (Terrific gear for winter safety and adventure.)
Snotel (Find out current snow depth at these high-tech backcountry telemetry sites).
Backcountry.com (Please shop with this link to help support wildsnow.com.)
Skier’s Journal (A good general skiing website, with backcountry information.)
Vintage Ski World (Cool antique skiing gear and ski posters.)
Marble backcountry skiing, Colorado (Online guidebook, founded in 1984, improved ever since.)
MarbleSki.org (General information, skiing around Marble, Colorado)
Splitboard.com (The correct and proper way to powder your face on a board.)
Ski Tuning Tools and Equipment (Slide Wright – source for all the gear and supplies you need for keeping your equipment performing to the max.)
Skiing Heritage: source for ski history (Website for International Skiing History Association “ISHA” publication, North America’s leader in ski history).
Mountaineering, Climbing and Ski touring in Canada and worldwide (Canada West Mountain School offers guiding and instructional services for mountaineering, rock climbing, ski touring and avalanche safety.)
Aspen Expeditions (Long time Colorado backcountry skiing guide service.)
AIARE Avalanche Education (Check here for certified avalanche safety courses you can attend.)
Carbon Fiber Ski Boots (The lightest Dynafit compatible boot in the world.)
Jordan White’s Blog (ElksAndBeyond.com)
Backcountry Magazine (All things backcountry, on ink and paper.)
Northwest Mountain School (Northwest Mountain School owners John Race & Olivia Cussen are AMGA Certified Rock, Alpine, and Ski Mountaineering Guides, as well as IFMGA Licensed Guides. Highly recommended.

Grab bagSites we work on, or find interesting..
CODE (Our Jeep 4×4 mentor!)
Rock Climbing and Canyoneering with Desertcrags.com (Excellent Colorado guide service.)
Drug and Alcohol Treatment Blog (Our local treatment center is a gift to our community, and they use backcountry skiing as part of their program!)
A plug for a good friend of mine (He helped us buy our house near Aspen.)

Home Doctors Home Repair Marin County (San Francisco Bay Area home repair and remodeling, highly recommended and reliable.)

Colorado Climbing (All the information you need for excellent rock climbing in the Rocky Mountain State.)

You can find tons of other great info about backcountry skiing if you use a search engine such as Google or Yahoo.

  Your Comments

  • Jim Milstein: Lou, I was referring to the threaded thingies glued into the skis into whic...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Jim, I just count the boot inserts as part of the boot weight, since most b...
  • Jim Milstein: My black Vipecs (from last year) weigh about 500g each, brakeless, screwles...
  • See: Aside from being an ounce lighter per binding(?), being easier to click int...
  • See: Tecton claimed weight is 550g per pair, no brakes? I’m guessing that’s supp...
  • Tom Gos: So, I purchased the new Mirage walk mode kit to replace the older style one...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Thanks Jim, yeah, I noticed on the Vipec we've got here that you can "cheat...
  • Jim Milstein: Actually, you can adjust further if you don't mind going past the "stop" ma...
  • Jim Milstein: My Black Vipecs have 25mm adjustment for bsl....
  • Lou Dawson 2: I'm working hard on the FAQs, but yeah, some of this info is hard to find. ...
  • Jeff: I am sure I am missing it somewhere do to poor search skills....does anyone...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Hi Shannon, thanks for stopping by, glad you enjoyed Aaron's post. There ar...
  • Atfred: Was in the valley Blanche two days ago, skied up to point heilbrunner, then...
  • Shane: I just read that this was previously covered . Thanks...
  • Katie: It was epic, I was there. Craving more.......
  • Julia Dubinina: Hey Kyle, Just found your comment - it is April, so not sure if you hav...
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  • Eli: Just a last width point, I find the "98mm" of the Atomic Backland to be ple...
  • Trevor: Hey Lou, how would you compare the Helio 95 to the Blizzard Zero G 95? I h...
  • Allan: Lou, Do you have a full spread sheet/ chart you could link to us via googl...
  • Julian: It looks like you have the Onyx and the Ion crampons using the same base pl...
  • Miro: It's never happend to me unless -as Tom wrote- the red lifter wasnt stuck b...
  • Tom: ^^^Only a couple times on the non-magnetic side if I forget to "squish" the...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Working on adding more data to reviews today. Just got the ATKs back from a...
  • Shane: I have used this ski for 2 seasons (average about 10 days resort and 20 day...
  • John Baldwin: Louie, have you got a rough idea how many liters of water you could melt wi...
  • Al: Some of the more sober realists in climate scientists think we may be at or...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Old news. And...?...
  • Al: Closer to home, some estimates are that glacier park won't have any by as e...
  • Bob Berwyn: And it's not just the glaciers. Lou, I know you travel to the Alps frequent...

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