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POWDER DAY ON SPLITBOARDS AT MONARCH

POWDER DAY ON SPLITBOARDS AT MONARCH

4:00am - Alarm goes off.  Get dressed, grab breakfast, and load the Jeep. 4:30am - Hit the road for Monarch. 6:30am - Slip up Monarch Pass (Hwy 50) right before they close the road for…

NO LIFT TICKET REQUIRED. EVER. #1

NO LIFT TICKET REQUIRED. EVER. #1

Why do we do this? Why do we go to such great lengths to snap ourselves to equipment that helps us to creep our way up a grade that produces access to such a different…

NO LIFT TICKET REQUIRED. EVER. #2

NO LIFT TICKET REQUIRED. EVER. #2

So, we’ve discussed the WHY. Now, let’s talk a bit about the HOW.  There are some intriguing ways to segue into the human powered world of skiing while reducing the risks you might take by…

NO LIFT TICKET REQUIRED. EVER. #3

NO LIFT TICKET REQUIRED. EVER. #3

We started this series of articles with the WHY - what motivations get us outside touring in the backcountry. Then, we discussed the HOW - where to reach for the smarts needed to travel as safely as possible…

THE BASICS OF SLEEPING PADS

THE BASICS OF SLEEPING PADS

Sleeping pads are like the hiking boot of your backcountry sleep system. Like a boot, the sleeping pad serves as your main connection to terra firma. Good choices can improve your backcountry experience when you…

BACKPACKING STOVE BASICS

BACKPACKING STOVE BASICS

If you’re headed to your favorite mountains for an adventure, you’ll likely need a way to boil water, or perhaps even COOK food to keep you fueled and at your backcountry best. Picking a new…

POLE POWER: BLACK CROWS’ TRIOS FREEBIRDS

POLE POWER: BLACK CROWS’ TRIOS FREEBIRDS

On a hut trip in January, I got to take Black Crows' Trios Freebird ski poles into the backcountry for the first time. Black Crows is a relatively new brand for Mountain Chalet, and one…

FREE HEELING ON THE MEIDJO

FREE HEELING ON THE MEIDJO

After three months working at Mountain Chalet, I finally asked the question: "How do you even pronounce this?" By "this" I meant the Meidjo, M Equipment's NTN telemark binding. Upon hearing the unmistakable nervous and…

BLACK CROWS IS SOMETHING ELSE

BLACK CROWS IS SOMETHING ELSE

Mountain Chalet is forever on the lookout for brands that are exciting and new to us and to our customers. Often new brands represent their strongest efforts  creating products that  appealing to the bulk of…

SALOMON AND A COSMIC SHIFT

SALOMON AND A COSMIC SHIFT

“I’m fascinated by what I’ll do tomorrow.” - Georges Salomon A Legend is Born Enticed by the growing sport of skiing, Francois and Georges Salomon transformed their family business making saw blades by attaching modified…