Chiris' guide to

Get your sticks ready

For some people wintertime is a bleak and cold period to be endured indoors as much as possible until spring comes. For others winter is a time where natural playgrounds fall from the sky. Skiing and snowboarding (I’m a skier so this guide will have a bias) are adventures anyone can enjoy at any level to make the most of the snow. If you’ve been wanting to get on a pair of sticks or a board and shred the pow but you’re not sure what it entails, this guide is for you. If you’ve been skiing or boarding for a while but you want to up your game, learn new skills, and learn how to expand your range beyond the resort, this guide is for you.

Read along to learn more than you probably care to know about skiing and snowboarding and be ready to rip next time the skies dump on your local mountain.

The guide is under development, so check back often as we add additional content.


Chris's Epic Ski Guide

Here in Utah where I live, every winter a quiet excitement fills the air as the snow starts to fly because so many people know what fun and adventure awaits them up the canyon at the ski resort or out in the side or back country. Winter is a playground of opportunities if you have the skill, fitness, gear and knowledge to make the most of the white stuff. This guide will help you get all of the above so you can also enjoy winter as much as those of us that have this figured out do. So whether you’re looking for better info on how to navigate the resort or looking for how to keep alive in the back country, this guide will get you there.

Green Circle – Easier (“Beginner”)

Blue Square – More Difficult (“Intermediate”)

Black Diamond – Most Difficult (“Expert”)

Double Black Diamond – Most difficult, use extra caution (“Expert only”)

Orange Oval – Terrain Park (“Freestyle terrain”)

  • Putting on your gear
  • Lifts – Getting on and off
  • Turning
  • Connecting Turns
  • Stopping
  • Carving
  • Jumping
  • Powder
  • Steeps
  • Preseason workouts
  • Preride stretching
  • Leave No Trace
  • Respecting others
  • Controlling speed
  • Merging
  • Watching your line
  • Uphill tracks
  • Avalanches
  • Cold
  • Communication
  • Heat
  • Cold
  • Falls
  • Navigation
  • Terrain
  • Skis
  • Bindings
  • Boots
  • Helmets
  • Clothing
  • Packs
  • Skins
  • Poles
  • First Aid
  • Navigation
  • Avalanche Beacon
  • Shovel
  • Probe

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