When Marine Sergeant Kirstie Ennis lost her leg above the knee in Afghanistan, she found healing in the outdoors. Now, she has her sights set on the world’s highest mountains.
Master the art of backcountry climbing and skinning.
Outsmart stiff boots and constant heel lifting with these anti-friction tips.
Equip yourself with safety gear and practice proper techniques.
Get more comfort going up and more power and control going down.
You dont need pro-level skills to ski off-piste, but honing your kick-turn technique and avoiding rookie mistakes will ease your transition to backcountry terrain. Heres how to master the ups and downs when lifts and groomers are miles away. Plus: Prevent blisters, stay energized, and negotiate steeps.
Caused by variable weather, unstable snowpack, and steep terrain, backcountry avalanches claim an average of 25 lives a year in the United States. Your first safety step: Brush up on the basics below. Next, take a course accredited by the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education
On any wilderness trip, smart preparation is key. But its even more important when youre backcountry skiing, due to the technical gear, low temperatures, potential for severe weather, avalanche risk, and tricky routefinding. Heres how to start smartbefore you leave home.
Want legs that can tackle any climb, any heavy pack, any mileage? Well, don't work harder–work smarter. We grilled fitness experts and scoured the medical literature to uncover the latest, greatest strategies for building strength, endurance, speed, and flexibility.