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Ski Mountaineering In The San Juan Range

Ski Mountaineering in the San Juan Range

When it REALLY comes to earning your turns, it doesn’t get any better than ski mountaineering. Can you picture it? 

Sleeping Pad – I’m Putting My Foot Down On NEMO Backpacking Vector Insulated Pad

Sleeping Pad - I’m Putting My Foot Down on NEMO Backpacking Vector Insulated Pad

There’s more than one way to blow up a sleeping pad in this review of NEMO’s Vector Insulated Sleeping Pad.

Climbing Colorado: South Platte’s “Lost In Space”

Climbing Colorado: South Platte’s “Lost in Space”

Mountain Chaletan, Lawrence Housley, shares his experiences on his early season climbing Colorado's South Platte.

All Mixed [Climbing] Up! GARMONT ICON PLUS GTX

All Mixed [Climbing] Up! GARMONT ICON PLUS GTX

Chaletan Phil Wortmann discusses his time in the Garmont Icon Plus GTX. When Mountain Chalet brought in Garmont footwear to outfit a number of outdoor adventures, one of the highlights of the season came in…

Colorado Springs Rocks!

Colorado Springs Rocks!

Many people ask my wife and I  why we “became stewards” of the shop (I prefer not  to say “purchased”).  The quick answer is passion.   Passion for the outdoors, passion for gear, passion for…

Select Colorado Ski Areas’ Uphill Travel Policies

Select Colorado Ski Areas' Uphill Travel Policies

Did you know you can skin up at certain ski resorts? Take a look at the policies below.

Canyoneering In Southeast Utah

Canyoneering in Southeast Utah

When Osprey, the backpacking company, reached out to Mountain Chalet to join a small group of specialty outdoor retailers to “talk shop” on an adventure in the canyonlands of southeast Utah, no one jumped higher at the opportunity than the shortest person in the shop. Store co-owner, Elaine Smith, got to spend five days in early April exploring a beautiful part of the great American Southwest.

The Boss Talks Bindings

The Boss Talks Bindings

Jim Smith, owner of the Chalet, took time out of his busy schedule to talk to us about the latest Tech/NTN (New Telemark Norm) binding that he believes is the future of telemark skiing…the Meidjo binding from The M-Equipment.

Via Ferrata: A Different Kind Of Climbing

Via Ferrata: A Different Kind of Climbing

Despite what you read in Outside, Climbing or Alpinist about enduring epics, it was just one of those days when I did not want to be on the rock. We had ascended to a Refugio…


Climbing Photography Basics
Climbing Photography Basics PPCA's Part 4 in a 4-part GYM-TO-CRAG…
Jul 31, 2019 at 6:30PM
TELEfestivus 2020: Skiing for the rest of us!
TELEfestivus 2020.  Skiing for the rest of us! Our 4th…
Feb 08, 2020 at 12:00AM



After three months working at Mountain Chalet, I finally asked the question: "How do you…

March 05, 2019