Issue 65

Banff Film Festival

Banff Film Festival

Santa Cruz February 24, 25, 2012 University of California Physical Education and Recreation 831-459-2159 or 831-459-2806 kferraro@ucsc.edu Santa Barbara February 27, 28, 2012 UCSB Arts & Lectures at the...
Unseasonably Sweet

Unseasonably Sweet

Roadside ice and rock climbing from the Sierra’s high passes makes for a memorable start to winter By Nick Miley Ice skating on Lake Tenaya. Photo by Nick Miley In many ways this winter in California has been completely out of the norm. It’s not like we had a...
New Year’s at Red’s

New Year’s at Red’s

Backpacking into snow country to start the new year is a rare opportunity By Leonie Sherman My friend Chicory thinks the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” is the dumbest thing in the world. “Lemons are great,” he explains. “That’s like saying, ‘When...
Gear for Rando Racing

Gear for Rando Racing

Racers in the Patrouille des Glaciers 2010, from Zermatt to Verbier, Switzerland, considered the most famous ski mountaineering race in the world. Photo courtesy of Dynafit Randonee racing/ski mountaineering requires some specialized gear. Most of it resembles...
Skin It to Win It

Skin It to Win It

Rando racing is growing in the U.S., even if California skiers have been a little slow to join the fray. With two upcoming races in the Sierra, that may be changing By AJ Johnson Rando racers in the European Championships. Photo courtesy of Dynafit Backcountry skiing...
A Diamond in the Rubies

A Diamond in the Rubies

Is it worth the long drive to Nevada’s Ruby Mountains for backcountry skiing? A Tahoe couple goes in search of a legendary couloir Story and photos by Brennan Lagasse The Dogs lounging in camp only 30 minutes from the car. About halfway between Tahoe and Salt Lake...
Powder Pilgrimage To Hakuba

Powder Pilgrimage To Hakuba

How to find backcountry bliss in Japan’s Kita Alps Words and photos by Seth Lightcap So what’s a Sierra backcountry skier to do when the local snow pack won’t play along with your plans? Make a powder pilgrimage! Last February my wife Allison and I escaped the...
Dale Bard: “In The Dead Of Winter”

Dale Bard: “In The Dead Of Winter”

A selection from the new book, Yosemite Epics: Tales of Adventure from America’s Greatest Playground, compiled by ASJ contributor Matt Johanson. In the mid-70s, renowned “dirtbag” climber Dale Bard decided to take his first backcountry ski trip — a big one, some 250...
PUBLISHER’S NOTE

PUBLISHER’S NOTE

Running Toward a New Future Publisher and mother of three trains for her first marathon A few months back a friend of mine asked me to run the Big Sur Marathon with her. I had to think about that. Why not? Doing a marathon has always been on my bucket list, and with...
Spontaneous Imprudence

Spontaneous Imprudence

Skiing to a ghost town? You might want to call ahead first Story and photos by Leonie Sherman There are no lukewarm plans hatched in hot water. You get your brilliant flashes and your ridiculous ideas and very little in between. Sometimes it’s hard to tell them apart....
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