Mileposts Episode 3: Green Light

A fascinating account of a visit to Washington’s Mount Olympus:

Don’t forget to follow the Dirtbag Diaries for more of the Mileposts podcast series. Looking west from Seattle, the skyline of Olympic National Park is defined by the notched peak of The Brothers. “I see it stuck in traffic. I see it from meeting rooms in downtown Seattle.

It’s a perfect day in the Olympics, not a cloud in sight, no wind. To the west, the heart of the park extends outward in a maze of deep valleys, glaciers and rocky peaks. I stare at the glacier cloud on Mount Olympus situated in the dead center of it all. Maybe I could drag my board out there, too. […]

A Washington Bootcamp: Skiing Cascade Volcanoes

Here is an interesting article with a guide for climbing and skiing Washington state’s Cascade volcanoes:

When I was in my twenties, I devised a boot camp for friends new to ski mountaineering. It was offered somewhat tongue in cheek, but a few took it seriously. The challenge was to climb and ski the five major Cascade volcanoes in Washington state, akin to a mini-version […]

How to Select Skiing Apparel

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For the low down on what the discerning kangaroo will wear for the next skiing season, read this article…
Ski clothing is manufactured to meet both function and fashion. It is essential to wear the appropriate clothing when skiing because like in any outdoor activity, you are more susceptible to harmful influences when you are on the slopes. You should keep in mind that you want to keep warm and dry without unnecessary bulk. Here’s what to wear to keep that mountain chill at bay on the slopes.

Ski Headgear is essential and you have to choose skiing headgear according to your type of skiing, your skill level, and your comfort zone. This includes ski goggles that completely cover your eyes, block harmful sunrays, and also protect your eyes from wind and blowing snow. As for facemasks, a heat exchange facemask returns heat lost during exhaling back to your body as you inhale, protects your lungs from cold, and keeps your face dry and helps the rest of you stay warm, from your body’s core to the tips of your fingers and toes. Good ski helmets are air vented and equipped with wicking liners to keep your head warm and dry as well as safe.

Base Layers are the clothes closest to your skin. Choose non-absorbent fabrics like silk or micro-knitted fleece. Many base layers today are built with an eye to fashion as well as function.

Ski trousers, although many skiers today favor trousers, salopettes, the traditional leg covering for skiing, are still popular skiing clothing. Ski trousers need to be both waterproof and weatherproof and they should fit snugly over your ski boots, yet allow you to bend easily at both the hip and knees.

Both gloves and mittens should be waterproof to provide protection from cold. They have to be loose enough to allow for good circulation in your fingers yet tight enough that you can get a firm grip on your poles. In addition, your gloves or mittens should have enough padding to offer protection for your hands during a fall.

Your ski Jacket is your first defense against wind, cold, and water. Hooded jackets keep the wind off your neck as well as your back. Look for those with zip-out liners that let your ski in both the coldest and warmest conditions. Your ski jacket should also be large enough to accommodate thick, multi-layered clothing.

Mid-layer skiing clothes are the sweaters, sweatshirts, fleece shirts, and ski vests that you wear between your base layer and your ski jacket. It provides the insulation and part of the padding that keeps you comfortable and safe.

Ski socks should be thick and stretchy, snuggly conforming to your foot without slipping or lumping. Inner layers ski socks are made of lightweight, wicking fabrics that draw moisture into outer layers that quickly shed moisture and provide insulation.

Ski Boots form the essential link between you and your Skis. The Ski Boots should connect perfectly to your Ski Bindings transferring all your body movements and pressure shifts directly to your Skis. A good Ski Boot should have a snug fit with enough inside padding to prevent injuries and bruises but with a tough outer shell to protect you from overstretching. Choosing a good Ski Boot is essential for your Skiing Safety and enjoyment.

It is very important to know the different types of Ski Clothing, the materials they are made of, and the various features and characteristics of Ski Clothing so that you will be able to dress properly before going to the Ski area. You should know what to wear and how to dress for Skiing. Just bear in mind that having the right Ski Clothing is one of the keys for comfort while on the slopes.