Toe of the Des Poilus Glacier
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This is the Classic Wapta traverse Euro-style with portered food and luxury details -- but no crowds. An excellent hut system, perfect terrain for traverses, and easy access to excellent ski mountaineering objectives. In early May the snowpack is settled and the travelling is easy, with great corn skiing runs and great snowpack stability ...
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Svalbard Ski & Sail on the s/v Rembrandt van Rijn
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The most exotic guided ski touring trip possible: backcountry ski touring and sailing along the west coast of Spitsbergen in the Greenland sea, a thousand kilometers north of Norway, in the Svalbard archipelago of over 60 (mostly unpopulated) islands. It is a wild and remote place, and at a latitude of greater than 78º, high in the Arctic, it is level with Canada's Ellesmere Island, or the northernmost end of Greenland. Yet it easy to access -- with three-times daily flights from Oslo -- and offers the supreme comfort of a luxury sailing yacht ...
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Teslin's Run
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Burnie Glacier Chalet is located near Smithers in northern British Columbia. It has spectacular, rugged alpine terrain with beautiful ski runs that range in nature from gentle glacier runs that can be done in most conditions to steep tree runs for high hazard days, to incredible ski mountaineering trips high into the alpine ...
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Ski Touring Teslin's at Burnie Glacier Chalet
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Burnie Glacier Chalet is located near Smithers in northern British Columbia. It has spectacular, rugged alpine terrain with beautiful ski runs that range in nature from gentle glacier runs that can be done in most conditions to steep tree runs for high hazard days, to incredible ski mountaineering trips high into the alpine ...
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Sunrise Lodge Feb 9-16, 2019
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Sunrise Lodge is located at the headwaters of Wisted creek and offers stunning views of Rockies to the west and Purcells to the south. Sunrise is the southern gateway to the amazing Esplanade range, including Meadow, Vista and Sentry Lodges. Consensus among those who’ve spent time at all four Esplanade Range Huts though is that Sunrise is the best: best terrain, best for storm skiing, and best snowpack of the bunch! ...
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The ski season has begun -- make sure you're stong so you can get the most out of your winter and stay injury-free. Check out Chelseas Deschamps' online training programs at Omnia Movement and Performance! ...
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The Rectory

I’ve had a few questions from people who are either recovering from leg injuries or who have some kind of compromise, e.g. a healed but partially or fully torn ACL. The “Leg Blaster” exercise is pretty intense and might not be quite the thing to start off with. Even the “Mini Leg Blasters” are hard on the knees if you’re not in good shape to begin with.

So you need something safer. This article is for those of you who are in the late stages of rehab from bad injuries — or have just been drinking a few too many beers this summer, aka too many 8-oz arm curls.

I’m working on another one, adapted from the Winter Sports Company, that’s a step up from this one but a step down from jumping in with the Leg Blasters: 8-Week Intensive Snow Fitness Program… stay tuned, it’ll be done next week.

#NotBadForAGimp

If you are recovering from an injury and hoping to get back on the slopes this winter after an injury, the best person to consult would be a physiotherapist, kinesiologist, or a fitness trainer. I’m none of these — but I have been recovering from some very serious leg injuries for ...
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Snow on October 1st

There’s about 20 cm of snow on the ground from the storm that landed on the Rockies today. That’s way too early for my tastes. But, like everyone else, it’s got me thinking about skiing, which in turn has me thinking about getting these legs of mine in shape for ski season.

One of the very best exercises I know of to get the legs strong is “Leg Blasters”. Leg Blasters are simple and get you in shape really quickly. There are two versions: The one I recommend starting with begins with the word “Mini”…

Mini Leg Blaster

10x Air Squats
5x In-Place Lunges (5x each leg, 10x total)
5x Jumping Lunges (5x each leg, 10x total)
5x Jump Squats

Leg Blaster

20x Air Squats
10x In-Place Lunges (10x each leg, 20x total)
10x Jumping Lunges (10x each leg, 20x total)
10x Jump Squats

Don’t be deceived: even the Mini will work you hard if you’re not used to it. Check out Pip Hunt demonstrating a single Leg Blaster set:

As coach Rob Shaul in the video says, Leg Blasters are no joke. If you try to jump in and start doing them like Pip Hunt you’re going to ...
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