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A Tale of Two 'Mids'

A review of two pyramid-styled tents: The Mega Light from Black Diamond and the Ultamid 4 from Hyperlite Mountain Gear. The Mega Light gets the nod for best value -- it's a quality product at an affordable price. The Ultamid gets kudos for being the best product, but the added space, increased strength, and reduced weight will cost you.

+5 5 votes

Sun Mountain Nordic Skiing

 The Sun Mountain trails are west of Winthrop and offer many Nordic ski loops on beautifully groomed trails. We've selected a variety of tours for different ability levels that are sure to please. Most of these leave from the Chickadee Warming Hut, but you can start right from Winthrop, too.
+4 4 votes

Backcountry Film Festival - Year 11

Winter approaches and, along with it, a local event, now in its 11th year, that helps local skiers and snowshoers get primed for the months ahead -- the Backcountry Film Fest. The Backcountry Film Festival receives submissions from filmmakers all over the world and highlights the best of the backcountry experience.

+2 2 votes

NSAW & Avalanches - 2015 Update

Over 600 backcountry skiers and snowboarders recently attended the 9th Annual Northwest Snow and Avalanche Workshop in Seattle. A few dozen of us from locations east of the Cascades attended and one presentation discussing hazard evaluation and decision making in avalanche terrain was particularly valuable and deserves wider use.

+10 10 votes

Birthday Tour

Washington Pass is arguably the Northwest's best spring destination for backcountry skiers and the Birthday Tour is one of the most popular tours at Washington Pass. The scenery, quality of skiing, circular route, and variety of terrain all make its classic status well deserved.

+13 13 votes

Graduation Tour

Try this beautiful and  varied ski tour in the Washington Pass area. It will have you cramponing up frozen slopes, skiing sun-softened bowls, climbing through multiple gaps, enjoying panoramic views, and descending steep slopes. When you're ready to graduate from the Birthday Tour, step up to this one. 
+4 4 votes

The Thinning (and Fattening) of AT Ski Gear

All at the same time AT gear is getting lighter and heavier; skinnier and fatter -- it all depends on whether you want to far and fast, or steep and fast. While there are dozens of new skis hitting the market, even bigger things are afoot with bindings, boots, and skins...
+5 5 votes

Rendezvous Nordic Skiing

The Rendezvous Trails are situated between Mazama and Winthrop but are higher and to the north. Maintained by the Methow Valley Sports Trail Association (MVSTA), they are best accessed at the Cub Creek Trailhead. Here are some recommended trails to ski here.

+14 14 votes

K2 Waybacks - The One Ski?

It's a question we ask many skiers: If you had to stick to one ski for all conditions, all seasons, and all uses (downhill and backcountry), what would your platform look like and what ski would you get? Here's one skiers answer.

+5 5 votes

Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes

This book ($25) is both a bargain and a goldmine for backcountry skiers looking for the best beta on many of Washington’s best lines. Some 25 of the book’s 81 ascents are here in North Central Washington-- which gets our geographic relevance to the state's best skiing right. The route information is also top notch ... but be aware that we have a confession to make.