For a Few Meters More at the Ortler Ski Tour

skiing the Gran Zebru, Ortler ski tour

The Ortler Ski Tour Conditions are arid, but it’s last call for turns this April…so we finish packing our gear in the dusty parking lot. The only things missing: motivation and probably snow. In this heat, I’m ready to hang up the avi gear and skis. Our gang is just arriving to start a week of touring in Italy’s Ortler …

Skiing the Bishorn

skiing the 4000er Bishorn

  Ski Touring an Alps 4000 Meter Peak The Bishorn is one of the Alps “easiest” 4000 meter peaks. However, this doesn’t make it easy. While it has no technical difficulties beyond walking, it does have the occasional crevasse, and the last 30 meters to the true summit can get icy. But what makes it “not easy” is that skiing the Bishorn is …

The Wetterhorn, Mittelhorn and Rosenhorn Ski Mountaineering Tour

Climbing the Wetterhorn's normal route

A friend referred to this as the “Horny Tour”. Starting from Rosenlaui, between Meiringen and Grindelwald, it’s a ski mountaineering tour that links up ascents of the Wetterhorn (3692 meters), Mittelhorn (3703 meters) and Rosenhorn (3688 meters). In the world of ski mountaineering, this one has a bit more mountaineering than ski. In fact, word has it that it’s an endurance exam …

Ski Touring in Bulgaria’s Pirin Mountains

Knowing absolutely nothing about Bulgaria made it the logical place to go. A few clicks on Google’s search results revealed it had good looking mountains, huts, multi-day tour options, ski culture, and best of all, it’s cheap and a short plane ride into a new world. Once we made our decision it was time to figure out exactly what to do, …

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Ski Touring in Crete, Greece

When I think of Greece I think of the nicest, warmest people imaginable, great food, sunny days, island life, and in my case – warm limestone and lots of sport climbing. I don’t think of ski touring when I think of Greece. But, in February, I found myself locking into my bindings at the start of a three day ski tour …

Skimo for the Mountain Runner

Pascal Egli, one of Switzerland’s top Skyrunners, explains how he uses SkiMo for big winter days.   A mountain runner in love with skimo For me, skimo is the pendant to winter mountain running! As a true mountain lover I don’t quit the mountains in winter and start running only on the road. Climbing mostly the same mountains as I …

Me Ski Pretty One Day

A woman ski mountaineering, or skimo training, in the Jungfrau Region of Switzerland.

I’m cautious to admit that I don’t love to downhill ski. I don’t though. I’m from the flat plains of middle America where skiing doesn’t fit the topography or the culture. And so, I didn’t grow up a skier. I moved to France with no mountain experience. I didn’t speak the language, couldn’t admire the local cuisine (being vegan), and …

How I fight the cycling winter blues with skimo

Ski randonee racers training in the Italian Dolomites

In winter, cyclists either get fat or undergo a training regime that sounds like torture. They ride outside in absolutely miserable conditions; and when they can feel their fingers again, they post epic pictures on social media and pretend that they had a fantastic time. Sometimes, they go to the gym and look ridiculous as they try to lift weights with …

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Essential SkiMo Gear

Skimo Gear

What’s inside my skimo pack? The beauty of skimo is that it really is like going for a run. You can go alone, you can get an intense workout in with little time, and you really don’t need much gear. But, you do need the right gear, and you need to understand what that is and if it’s right for …

What is SkiMo?

Ski mountaineering in the Swiss Alps

SkiMo Explained Uphill skiing? Isn’t that an oxymoron? Who skis up? According to a recent article at Outside online, skimo is one of North America’s hottest winter sports. Apparently lots of people are pointing their skis uphill. After ten years living in the Alps, skimo is now a regular part of what I do each winter. It’s completely normal to go for a ski …

Expectations on the Berner Oberland Ski Tour

It can happen. A trip gone wrong. But while one person sees failure, another sees, and even appreciates, the experience for what it is. “It” is what you make of it. The Berner Oberland ski tour taught me some lessons. Last week we set out for six days of ski touring in the Berner Oberland’s Aletsch Arena. For me, as a …

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Desert Sand Dune Skiing Morocco

Sand skiing in the Sahara Desert

In a way we did end up ski touring, but nothing like what we set out to do when we decided to go to Morocco. The High Atlas Mountains, and the 4000 meter Toubkal Peak was our goal. Our reality were the Merzouga Sand Dunes and a few 130 meter piles of sand. There, we rode camels and did a ski …

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Ski Touring Cabane du Mountet Switzerland

Backcountry skiing on the Glacier du Mountet

Carved into a beam inside the Konkordia Hut is, “D’blau Himmel und d’Sonne sind sääga, aber au d’Wolke, de Wind, und d’Rääga”. The blue sky and sun are beautiful, but also the clouds, the wind, and the rain. As a photographer, occasionally you get it all, right when you need it. After a frustrating winter of poor conditions, our last ski trip, and …

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Gauligletscher Ski Tour

We just came out of our final ski tour of the year – the gran finale to what was a great winter in the Swiss Alps. Together with our friend and Mountain Guide Alberto De Giuli, we headed into the relatively wild Gauligletscher and the Gaulihütte where we spent a few days ski touring. Just before setting off, spring temperatures …

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Kosovo Backcountry Skiing & Travel Story

Every so often an assignment comes along where a story is presented but a much richer tale gets discovered. This month we were assigned a shoot in Kosovo for Skiing Magazine with our great friend and writer Tim Neville. We immediately understood that there was something more to the story than a ski destination. Tim has spent a good deal …

Magazine Cover Clips

The first magazine I ever worked with as a photographer, Rock & Ice back in 1997, has finally featured one of our images on the cover of the January 2013 issue. Because of my long history with the sport of climbing, and this magazine, I am pretty thrilled. Better yet, it is from the Dolomites, which ironically coincides with our …

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The European Alps Grand Ski Tours Compared

In the last 10 years, we have skied most all the European grand ski tours, not just once, but twice, if not three times each. Of course there are more, but the big ones, the famous tours, are all under our belt. As a resource for people researching which they would like to do, I thought to rate them and …

2011 Antholz Anterselva Ski Biathlon World Cup Photos

Today was the opening day of the Antholz/Anterselva Ski Biathlon World Cup here in the Sud Tirol. As it is just 30 minutes away, Janine and I headed over to catch the Men’s 10km Sprint. Congratulations to Russian Anton Shipulin for the win. Full results at Antholz Biathlon World Cup The crowd was loud, patriotic and smelled of Glühwein Pretty …

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Basic Ski Mountaineering Race Gear and Ski Rando Technique Explained

Ski Rando Race Gear Thanks to being inundated with questions about ski rando race gear all winter, we put together a short video to explain what I’ve learned racing in Europe. I am by no means an expert, but I was immersed in the Euro race scene all season and managed to do well in some races, including the famous …

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Jack Wolfskin Winter Catalog Photoshoot

Even after 12 years of seeing our work published, it is always exciting to see a big job in print, especially when it looks its best thanks to great design. This last week we received the Jack Wolfskin 2011 winter catalog, at nearly 2cm thick it is probably the biggest catalog in the outdoor industry. Jack Wolfskin is an enormous high …