Backcountry: Our First Time Skinning

A few months ago we purchased two Voile splitboards at a killer discount on The Clymb then spent another month researching all the other gear we’d need – skins, bindings, beacons, shovels, probes, trekking poles, etc. Uh, there is a lot that goes into splitboarding. With in-bounds/resort boarding you simply screw a pair of bindings to a board and you’re off. With splitboarding you have to pick out skins and potentially bindings. The skins need to be trimmed to fit your board which is nerve wrecking – I cut up $175 strips of sticky plush with the equivalent of a letter opener! Next you have to decide if you’re spending more money on splitboard specific bindings or if you’re going to rig up your in-bounds bindings to work. We did the latter. They work fine. Yea, this was all a … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Risking It – Weekend Snowboarding {Keystone}

Yesterday we decided to risk it…we made the drive up to Summit County on a Sunday. If you have ever driven into the mountains on a weekend you know exactly why we’ve been avoiding this for the past two years. Weekend traffic – combined with weekend lift lines – can be absolutely horrible! We figured an early start to the day during the early season would give us an advantage. Turns out this tactic worked out pretty darn well for us! We met Lynne at the Dino Lots at 7:15am and were parked at Keystone by 8:30am. Probably the earliest I’ve ever been in a resort parking lot! Cupcake! And the backside of Keystone…with SNOW! Turns out front row parking and perfectly groomed trails aren’t the only perk to arriving before the lifts start – Keystone was giving out cupcakes! … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Snowboarding…in October

This post is going to be a prime example of how NOT to humble brag…I’m just straight up bragging, nothing humble is going on here! Its October, we went snowboarding and we took photos just so we could tell the world how cool Colorado is! Somewhere under my layers is my beloved Columbia mid-weight baselayer. Seriously love that thing! The snow wasn’t perfect and the resort was barely open – only 4 worthy runs open – but we were decked out in our gear and strapped to our snowboards well before Thanksgiving! We went to Arapahoe Basin and they have actually been open since October 13th but we finally found the time to head up this past Monday. Its weird to think about snowboarding when Denver is still toasty warm…or randomly rainy. When we were at ABasin it was sunny … [Click Here For the Full Story]

#TryingStuff with #OmniTen

Guys…I’m feeling kind of awesome. In my head I’ve always been awesome, the bombdiggity and the best thing that ever happened to the world. I mean, it is my own head, I can think things like that! However, in reality I know that I am just another person running around on trails, playing in the snow and writing about my life for internet strangers to read. But then a package arrived at my door…a big, fancy package from Columbia Sportswear. It was crammed full of winter gear and an invite to be part of the #OmniTen winter team. Heck yes, I jabber about outdoorsy winter fun online just enough to get selected as one of this season’s #OmniTen’ers which is a huge ego stroke. So pumped for this winter! I could not accept the invite fast enough. Yes, please! Molly … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Think Snow!

Guess what? Last Friday we got snow! Okay, so maybe that is old news considering it is now Tuesday, but I have snowy photos to share and we are in full blown snow mode so I’m going to talk about it a few days late! Green Mountain / William F Hayden Park Chris snagged those photos when he headed out for a snowy, muddy run on Friday morning. By the time I left work at 3pm the only evidence of snow was far off on the foothills and mountains. Regardless, our brains kicked into winter mode. I wore boots two days in a row, we pulled out our winter jackets and our credit card started to cry. Every year we throw down the poor, abused piece of plastic to buy season passes. Our first year in Colorado we went with … [Click Here For the Full Story]