Last year's Backcountry Academy. Arc'teryx Academy Photo.
Recently Arc’teryx has been bridging the gap between those interested in outdoor pursuits and the education necessary to do them safely. Arc’teryx Academy currently includes Backcountry in Jackson Hole, Alpine in Chamonix, and Climbing in Squamish. The program is unique because Arc’teryx partners with local guides to provide relatively affordable clinics to learn outdoor skills in each of the three disciplines. Additionally, Arc’teryx brings in a number of their professional athlete team for the weekend which usually includes evening lectures and contests as well.
The Backcountry Academy is returning to Jackson Hole after a successful first year. Clinics include avalanche training, crevasse rescue techniques, ski mountaineering skills, technical steep skiing, and much more. The athlete lineup is similarly impressive with Eric “Hoji” Hjorleifson, Michelle Parker, Mark Smiley, and many more attending. Since space is limited, Arc’teryx Academy has been staggering registration and is nearly ready to open it up to the public at 11AM PST on November 25th. Spots will go quickly so make sure you’re ready. Follow the link below to learn more.
Beaver Creek is pretty—pretty expensive. Needpix photo. Folks unlucky enough to buy walk-up lift tickets at Vail and Beaver Creek, CO this holiday season will be greeted by a $219 price tag, according to Vail's website. The $10 increase over last year's holiday walk-up prices firmly establishes the resorts as America's most expensive, edging out Deer Valley, UT's $209 holiday walk-up price. RELATED: Ski For Free at Monarch in Exchange for a Donation Savvy shoppers intending to spend their
A really, really close look at the Futurelight™ membrane. The North Face photo. There’s a lot of buzz around The North Face’s new Futurelight™ fabric, alleged to be far more breathable than other comparably-waterproof fabrics. The question is, what makes Futurelight™ so different from other waterproof fabrics, as TNF has been claiming? It all has to do with membranes, as it turns out. Many of TGR’s athletes spent last season in Futurelight™ kits, including Angel and Johnny
Practicing avalanche rescue shoveling techniques. Max Ritter photo. Every December, TGR athletes and production crews gather to work on backcountry and mountain safety skills during the International Pro Rider Workshop (IPRW). This year, after a multi-year hiatus, we were lucky enough to have Jim ‘Sarge’ Conway leading the charge on safety again. Sarge originally conceived the idea of IPRW with TGR nearly a decade ago when he saw the opportunity to bring together some of the best minds in