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5 Ways to Make the Most of Fall

Wed, 20th Sep 2017  /  By Vince Shuley

Ahhh, fall... There's nothing like a cold season change to renew winter anticipation. The cooler weather has returned with some rain, which has fallen as snow at the alpine elevations. It may still be a while before we're clicking into our skis and strapping on our boards, but that doesn't mean we can't give ourselves the best possible start to the winter by making the most of the winter shoulder season. From getting gear-ready to taking an educational course to simply staying outside as long as possible, here are 5 ways to make the most of the fall. [caption id="attachment_3261" align="alignnone" width="710"] Fall mountaineering in the Bugaboo Range, BC | Photo by ...

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Enjoying the Outdoors During Extreme Fire Danger

Fri, 21st Jul 2017  /  By Vince Shuley
Outdoors hiking camping Fire danger

You've probably been hearing about wildfires sweeping through British Columbia this month. According to BC Wildfire, as of today (July 20, 2017) a total of 152 wildfires are currently burning across the province. Emergency services have responded to 688 fires since April 1, which have burned an estimated 405,000 hectares of land. The cost to control these blazes has run up to $111.9 million, which doesn't include any of the costs to the province for dealing with the fallout such as housing the approximately 42,000 displaced B.C. residents. While most of the wildfires are in the Cariboo and Kamloops Fire Centres, the danger rating is between Moderate and Extreme for most o...

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5 Ways to Celebrate Canada 150 in the Outdoors

Fri, 30th Jun 2017  /  By Vince Shuley
Canada 150 Whistler Rockies

Well Canada, you certainly are looking good for 150 years old. Canada Day this Saturday (July 1) marks Great White North's sesquicentennial and what better way to celebrate than getting outside? Summertime is made for outdoor moments, whether on the water, on the trails or just soaking up the natural beauty. In case you haven't planned your Canada 150 long weekend yet, here are a few outdoor activities to celebrate your inner Canuckness. Hiking Walking among the forests of mountains of Canada is an excellent way to appreciate the great outdoors. Weather is looking mostly fine across the Coast and the Rockies this weekend, so make sure to pack lots of food, water and sun...

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Getting the Most Out of Spring Mountain Multi-sport

Wed, 29th Mar 2017  /  By Vince Shuley
spring multi-sport

The rapid approach of spring in a mountain town is a strange dichotomy. On one hand, people are ready for warmth and a return to their favourite lakes and trails after a long Canadian winter. On the other, vehement skiers and snowboarders keep basking in the lingering winter conditions such as we've seen in British Columbia this year. But the best thing about spring? The opportunity to multi-sport. Ski, climb, run, hike, bike... even swim if you're feeling brave enough. With daylight stretching longer with each passing week, there's no better time to fire up all ends of the gear closet, here are some of favorite spring activities you can double (or triple up) in a day. ...

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4 tips for ski touring with dogs

Mon, 15th Feb 2016  /  By Vince Shuley
ski touring with dogs

For dog lovers in the mountains, one of the most rewarding experiences is bringing your pooch along for the ride. People take their dogs on hikes, bike rides, ski tours and even out on the lake with their canoes and stand up paddleboards. Being that we're in mid-winter right now, backcountry outings usually involve travelling over snow. With that in mind, we've rounded up four tips on ski touring with dogs on your next adventure. 1. Invest time in training One of the biggest dangers of skiing with your dog are the very sharp edges on skis and snowboards. When descending, your dog needs to obey the sit command and await your command to follow. Start by rehearsing on dryl...

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Share Shed: Creating easier access to adventure

Fri, 22nd Jan 2016  /  By Vince Shuley
Share Shed

Have you ever wanted to try an outdoor activity but couldn't because you weren't equipped? Purchasing and renting outdoor gear isn't cheap and remains one of the tallest barriers to entry for adventure activities. Conversely, your garage may be overflowing with items that are seldom used anymore and you could use some residual income. What if an online service could match these two people to rent equipment at an affordable rate? That's the concept of Share Shed, a Vancouver upstart founded by young entrepreneur Daniel Dubois. We chatted with Daniel about how the sharing economy is on the rise with outdoor equipment and how Share Shed is giving everyday people one less...

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4 Reasons to Ski on Christmas Day

Thu, 24th Dec 2015  /  By Vince Shuley
Santa ski on Christmas

The holidays can be a crazy time of year, so why not ski on Christmas? Whistler Village is flooded with last-minute gift shoppers and holiday-makers frantically working through their family dinner shopping lists, all seemingly trying to compete for the same parking space. Christmas in Whistler is not for the introvert, not unless you were smart enough to stock up on presents, food and alcohol weeks ago. But it's also a great time to go skiing or snowboarding. So if you've finished your To-Do lists or just stopped giving a crap about material exchanges, head up the lifts of Whistler Blackcomb and escape the Christmas madness in the valley. Better yet, hit the backcountry ...

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UPDATED: Getting the Goods on Whistler Blackcomb Opening Day

Fri, 13th Nov 2015  /  By Vince Shuley
Whistler Blackcomb Opening Day 2015

There's nothing that quite gets the locals talking like Whistler Blackcomb Opening Day. After a turbulent early winter snowfall, the weather this week looks be building a decent base for the season's first shred. It's official, Whistler Mountain opens one day early on Wednesday, November 23. In order for you to get the most out of the Opening Day festivities, we've compiled a list of equipment, strategies and tips for how to get the most of winter's official kickoff in Whistler. [caption id="attachment_2523" align="alignnone" width="710"] The SKIRAD app gives skiers and snowboarders convenient tools and exercises to avoid on-mountain injuries[/caption] Ready yo...

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Interview with Icebreaker’s Jeremy Moon

Thu, 17th Sep 2015  /  By Vince Shuley
Icebreaker Jeremy Moon

Temperatures are falling, rain be a comin' and soon, the snow will be flying. It's these months of the year when flip flops and summer short-shorts get relegated to the back of the closet, the warmth and comfort of winter clothing slowly starts to make its way to the front again. Base layers are an integral part of winter wear, keeping warmth as close as possible to the source - your own skin. One of the most effective base layers is wool, its natural fibers superior to polyester and polypropylene synthetics in terms of warmth-to-weight ratio. The problem with traditional wool is its scratchy feel to the skin and the tendency to shrink in the washing machine, but...

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Best way to help bears in Whistler? Keep your distance and scare them away

Thu, 10th Sep 2015  /  By Vince Shuley
Bear in Whistler Mountain Alpine

Bears are curious creatures. Depicted in children's books as warm and cuddly mammals with oh-so-cute ears, it's no surprise that when people spot Ursus americanus (American black bear) their first instinct is to attract attention of others (“Hey look, it's a bear!”) and start taking photos. The problem is, unless these onlookers have a telephoto lens handy on their camera, moving close enough to get a decent photo of the bear is going to do more harm than good. [caption id="attachment_2016" align="alignnone" width="710"] Bears in the Village should not be approached. The best thing is to scare them away[/caption] “People have a tendency to want to approach ...

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Forgotten Gear: The Backcountry Map

Wed, 2nd Sep 2015  /  By Vince Shuley
Topographic Relief Perspective Backcountry Map

When driving around looking for a particular street address, do you find yourself watching the smartphone screen instead of the number on the houses? With the trusty Google Maps app (or the proprietary equivalent), progress is measured by the little pulsing blue dot approaching  the flagged pin, it's only when the two are almost touching that people begin to observe their surroundings for clues their destination. Siri, that soothing voice of Apple devices,  can even talk you through it all. The item that's missing in cars and backpacks alike is the good old paper map. Most of us are old enough to remember how to get there the old-fashioned way, back when every ...

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Winter weather predictions: science or faith?

Tue, 18th Aug 2015  /  By Vince Shuley
Weather El Nino Map

It's that time of year again. The Old Farmer's Almanac has released its 2016 edition, with all the associated predictions of snowfall for the upcoming winter. Online ski media has of course begun to jump on the bandwagon with click bait article titles touting – around six months in advance - how great a winter we can expect. And they're saying this could be a pretty darn good year for snow. [caption id="attachment_1807" align="alignnone" width="640"] Bringing you weather predictions since 1792, the Old Farmer's Almanac[/caption] If you're not familiar with the Old Farmer's Almanac, it's believed to be America's longest running publication providing farmers with he...

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Getting ahead with sport psychology

Tue, 11th Aug 2015  /  By Vince Shuley
Sport Psychology

By Karen Lenehan What’s the most important piece of equipment in your sport? The six inches between your ears. Regardless of your sport, the mind is the most important piece of equipment you will ever take with you. After spending months of time trying to improve your skills by focusing on physical, technical and tactical skills, that improvement can plateau. Improving your mental preparation can go a long way with helping  progress psychologically in areas that don't come naturally. Goal setting After setting a long-term goal, break it down into smaller short-term, performance goals related to a specific technical or tactical element and focus on one of thos...

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