Issue 70

Cold Water Basics

Cold Water Basics

A good wetsuit is like gold for California’s year-round surfers By Elizabeth Glazner Surfers use the word “heavy” to describe the cold, dark waters of the ocean in winter. While it is true that cold water weighs a bit more than hot water by volume, it is the...
The French Connection

The French Connection

Sylvain Duclos, the Banzai Tour’s yoga-trained charger, has won the snowboard title two year’s running — with a torn ACL By Pete Gauvin Sylvain Duclos knows how to stay on his feet. That’s what the Squaw Valley ski and snowboard instructor considersthe most important...
Celebrate this Winter with a California Tradition

Celebrate this Winter with a California Tradition

ASJ highlights some of our favorite seasonal brews By Derrick Peterman Winter is a time of many traditions. One of my favorite winter traditions is sampling all of the wonderful seasonal beers so many California breweries release this time of year. Winter Seasonals...
Roadtrip Diversions

Roadtrip Diversions

Mojave National Preserve Words by Haven Livingston California deserts have long been winter hideaways for outdoor adventurers. The stark beauty reveals a complex and fragile ecosystem that draws you in and keeps you coming back to learn more. Tucked away on the...
Why Ride Used Snow

Why Ride Used Snow

Pacific Crest Snowcats is California’s only snowcat skiing operation with a private stash Story and photos by Brennan Lagasse Looking to score fresh tracks all day in your own private Sierra playground? Then Pacific Crest Snowcats may be just what you are...
The Alpinist Comes Home

The Alpinist Comes Home

A Brief History of Andy Selters By Leonie Sherman – Photos by Andy Selters In 2004, Andy Selters made the leap from guidebook author to mountain literati. Before the publication of Ways to the Sky, Selters was known as the Shasta guy, or maybe the glacial travel...
Fear and Mavericks

Fear and Mavericks

An excerpt from The Fear Project, a new book that explores our most primal emotion By Jaimal Yogis Surfline’s California Surf Guide reads: MAVERICKS Best Size: Triple-overhead to 80-foot faces. Ability Level: Nothing short of Flea, Laird, or Neptune (Flea and Laird...
The Winter Commute

The Winter Commute

Survival tips for commuting through the wet, cold and dark season Story and photos by Haven Livingston There’s no need to pack away your trusty two-wheeled steed just because a little rain starts to fall or a few inches of snow lie between your wheels and the ground....
Winter Fitness

Winter Fitness

Five Strategies for Surviving the Holidays By Paul Romero For many outdoor athletes, the temptation is strong to go into semi-hibernation during the winter months. Nobody chooses to do this, but it just becomes the path of least resistance as the weather gets colder...
High Fives

High Fives

A Tahoe non-profit is changing the lives of injured winter athletes By Matt Niswonger • Photos courtesy of High Fives Foundation Imagine that you wake up in a hospital bed in Tahoe and it slowly dawns on you that your body is broken. Whatever happened on that last run...