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10 Real Mistakes For New Ski Tourers

Every year, I find myself following fewer blogs. There are great ones out there, to be sure, but I used to be a glutton for outdoors media. As the years pass, I have less time to read articles and have little patience for low-quality content. One by one I’ve been unsubscribing. That time is better spent actually doing things outside.

Don't read about it. Go do it.

Don’t read about it. Go do it.

A tough cull for me this Fall was the WildSnow blog. It used to be definitive about many things backcountry skiing, and remains definitive only about new Dynafit products and Austrian pastries. The signal to noise ratio is too low. I love it, but it needed to go.

Still, like checking your ex-girlfriend’s activity on Facebook, though you know you shouldn’t, I occasionally look at what they’ve been publishing over there. Usually I’m satisfied with my decision to walk away.

Wildsnow recently published the “10 Essential Mistakes for the Backcountry Ski Touring Beginner“. Besides having a nonsensical title that’s been SEO’d to death with keywords, the article is doing no one any favors. Neither funny to experienced folks, nor informative for beginners, I though we could do better over here. Not that anyone cares…but here we go.

These are mistakes:

Buying gear before you know what you like.

So you’ve decided that you want to become a backcountry skier! That’s awesome. Now put on the brakes. Don’t just walk into your local REI and buy those pow skis you’ve been dreaming about. Before dropping a lot of cash (and it’s going to be a lot), try out some loaner gear. Go touring 2-3 times on other people’s equipment or rentals and see what you do and don’t like. What you ski in the resort is likely bigger and stiffer than what you’re going to want to tow around on your foot all day. You’ll save yourself a lot of time and energy by buying something you like the first time. Read on →

Start SkiMo Racing: 8 Tips You Need to Know

Early season turns on Mt Hood

Early season turns on Mt Hood

 

When you decide to take the plunge, invest in your success, and buy light gear, SkiMo.co has got you covered. As the only dedicated skimo store around, they have the inventory and the advice to get you set up right.

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In most parts of the country but my own, the snow is starting to fall, skis are coming out of the closet, and ski-season stoke is circulating. This year as you think about your skiing plans, maybe you’re considering signing up for your first skimo race, or maybe you raced once or twice last year, got hooked, and are thinking about taking your game to the next level.

There’s nothing to stop you. Skimo is a beginner friendly sport. Still, when I started racing, I reinvented the wheel over and over again. So this year, I’ve compiled eight tips to point you in the right direction if you’re just revving up your skimo engine for the first or second time.

1. When it comes to training, any skiing is better than no skiing.

Most skimo racers live within reach of the mountains. Any coach will agree that there is no substitute for sport-specific training, which means that to train for skimo racing, the best thing that you can do is to ski uphill as much as possible. While you can derive some aerobic benefit from cross-training on a bike or by running, the motor patterns are very different from skiing, so an hour spent skiing is probably worth two or more running or biking. Also, if you’re using skimo skis to race (read: really short, really skinny) then you need to learn to ski them in all sorts of conditions, which means touring on them as much as possible. Leave the B-dizzle-mega-fatties at home and make your skimo skis your go-to ski.

Sometimes you have to walk to go skiing. It's always worth it, one way or another.

Sometimes you have to walk to go skiing. It’s always worth it, one way or another.

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