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How to Get Started in the Backcountry

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This year, with resorts implementing a reservation system and the possibility of resort closures due to COVID-19, soon-to-be-shuttered Powder magazine predicted a boom in backcountry gear purchases. Ski patrollers and guides alike warned about the increase in clueless, new backcountry travelers could obliviously skin, boot, and turn into avalanche danger and cause a sudden and possibly deadly increase in human-triggered avalanches. You might be perusing splitboards and trying to decide which shape, size, and make, and then trying to figure out bindings, skins and poles. But before you click add to cart and ship hundreds of dollars worth of product...

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How To Track Powder in Utah

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Winter 2020-21 will be unprecedented for Utah snowboarding. Several mountains, including Vail-owned Park City Mountain Resort, are requiring pass holders to make a reservation in advance. As a result, it’s imperative to plan outings and anticipate storm totals. Utah has a plethora of weather sites that help you track impending storms and get the goods, even if you do have to reserve your time on the mountain. Read on to learn more.  Powder Buoy Michael Ruzek started this site after a surfer friend tipped him off to a buoy in Hawaii. Two weeks after the buoy tracked a significant swell,...

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Snowboard Shape Guide: What They Are and What They Do

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While they are a seemingly infinite number of board types and styles, there are only a handful of shapes. In the following post, we’ll outline four different snowboard shapes — directional snowboards, directional twin snowboards, twin snowboards, and volume shifted snowboards — and provide examples. Read on to learn more. Directional To be clear, there’s quite a bit of variety within the all different snowboard shapes. Perhaps none have more variation than directional snowboards. For example, a directional shape can encompass a 170cm swallowtail powder snowboard, a 160cm race snowboard, and a 158cm all-mountain snowboard with rocker camber. All three...

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Parts of a Snowboard That Matter: A Glossary of Snowboarding Terms

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Most snowboard descriptions contain fluffy, trendy jargon. They’re designed to capture buyers based on riding style, demographics, and disposable income. The information you really want looks more like this: These snowboarding terms include actual data that can guide you to finding an ideal deck for your riding style, ability, and preferred terrain choices. Here are a handful to help you inform your next purchase. Camber Profile Turn your board on its edges. Look at the shape. A concave shape represents a rocker profile; convex is camber. Less prevalently, there will be neither rocker or camber. This is simply called a...

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Snowboard Buyer’s Guide: How to Pick an Appropriate Snowboard for Your Riding

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It’s that time of year again. During late summer and early fall, board companies start rolling out their new snowboard decks and updates to old pro models. And with a little stimulus money leftover, you have the cash to buy a new snowboard (or two). In order to guide your next purchase, we’ve crafted a quick and easy snowboard finder. Read on to learn more. First, start by answering some questions about your riding. What kind of terrain do you ride? Guesstimate the number of days you spent riding the park, all over the resort, or touring the backcountry. The goal...

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