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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.

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Foothills Man

I first met him on the north-facing slopes above Number Two Canyon Road. I was snowshoeing uphill through week-old snow—plodding. He was weaving parallel turns around sagebrush—gliding. When he saw me he stopped suddenly and watched. He seemed to be deciding how to how to confront this queer animal contaminating his ski run ...
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Lessons of the Nearly Crippled

A sobering tale of stupid fun gone awry. Even though this incident is now ten years behind him, skier Andy Dappen still considers December 7 to be a night of infamy. "My injuries have healed but the incident has curbed my behavior a little," he says. "I may still ooze stupidity but I'm less aggressive in the backcountry -- especially in low-snow conditions."
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Night Skiing With Style

Want to see some glorious creative skiing? Check this out!

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Rock Mountain Ski Tour

This route is a non-nonsense ascent and descent of one of the higher peaks flanking Highway 2. From highway you immediately get down to business and climb over 4,200 vertical feet to the summit. Along with the big climb come big views and the big drop back down. 

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Jumpen Rob Rabbit

This video is likely to drop your jaw just a hare as you watch the hareball antics of a hardcore rabbit. Also, follow this video to YouTube and watch some of the other avalanche videos that will follow this one... they will inspire you to learn how to jump like a rabbit.
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Banff Mountain Film Festival 2015

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the largest, and one of the most prestigious, mountain festivals in the world. Hot on the heels of the festival held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits the road and arrives in Leavenworth at the Festhalle on November 24.
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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 the Wenatchee Valley attended and one presentation discussing risk analysis and decision making in avalanche terrain was particularly valuable and deserves wide use.

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Wenatchee High School Ski Building

Teacher Doug Merrill writes about four seniors who took on an unusual design and construction project at Wenatchee High School (WHS) – they made their own alpine skis. The project was unusual enough that Governor Inslee paid a visit.
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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.