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Rain Felkl
Advantages to the Backcountry Ski Pole

Advantages to the Backcountry Ski Pole

  Written by Eric Layton  Phantom Team Rider  Professional Guide 40 Tribes Triple Point Expeditions Eagle Pass Heliski Splitboard Guides International    Lately quite a few people have asked me what my favorite piece of backcountry equipment is or better yet, why do I  ride with ski poles in my hands. The answer is simple, they work! Not just for the obvious reasons, but yes, they do  help a tremendous amount with getting through the flats or undulating terrain and I wouldn't be caught in the  backcountry without them. A buddy and fellow guide recently said that riding with poles...

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Rain Felkl
Snowpack Observations and Interpretations

Snowpack Observations and Interpretations

Written by: Joey Vosburgh  Phantom Team RiderACMG Guide Selkirk Tangiers Heli Touring Selkirk Mountain Experience Interpreting snow observations can seem like a big mystery. There are clues everywhere, but you need to figure out what they mean. It can seem overwhelming and confusing to interpret the results of your investigation, but it doesn’t need to be complicated. Here are a few things I focus on when collecting snowpack information to try to answer the critical question: will this slope avalanche?  Surface Hoar Reactivity Avalanche My investigation starts before I leave the house. I’ll check the weather stations available online to...

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Rain Felkl
Being an Alpinist and IFMGA Mountain Guide on a Splitboard

Being an Alpinist and IFMGA Mountain Guide on a Splitboard

Being an Alpinist and IFMGA Mountain Guide on a Splitboard         Complete with a Splitboard Mountaineering Gear List By Robert Smith IFMGA Mountain Guide  Phantom Team Rider   My first day of snowboarding was in 1989 when I was 6 years old. I grew up in Southern California with parents, an older brother and cousins who were all obsessed with surfing and skateboarding. So, naturally when snowboarding was invented, my entire family immediately became hooked on another form of sliding at high speed on a board. My snowboarding roots began at Snow Summit in Southern California. The...

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Alex Gelb
Pack Like a Pro

Pack Like a Pro

Riding season is upon us once again, and that means that it's time to dust off and dial in our backpacks for the backcountry! Make sure you’re prepared for winter ski and splitboard trips with this comprehensive gear list on how to properly pack for your next tour. 

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