Gift Guide 2022 – Budget Gifts and Stocking Stuffers

Happy gifting season, y’all! I’m starting this year’s gift guides off with small gifts and stocking stuffers to ease into the holiday spirit. This Christmas is weird. People are showing a lot less interest – searches for decorations are down, likewise for gift ideas, and retailers predict tepid customer spending through the holiday season. It … Continue reading Gift Guide 2022 – Budget Gifts and Stocking Stuffers

Resort Reviews: Discovery Ski Area

I decided to start writing resort reviews. I know what you’re thinking. It’s been done before – by at least a dozen different sites. The “best resorts” roundup is an annual staple for every ski publication. But for me, those pieces rarely inspire great trips. My favorites rarely get top reviews – if they’re included … Continue reading Resort Reviews: Discovery Ski Area

What’s happening to Arc’teryx?

What happened to Arc’teryx? I’ve gotten a handful of questions about Arc’teryx over the past month. “The product line looks way different. Is it supply chain issues? Change in leadership?” or “They’ve added size XXL, but everything seems to fit smaller? Are they faking size inclusivity?” You’re not crazy. There’s a big strategy shift going … Continue reading What’s happening to Arc’teryx?

Black Diamond’s Bungled Beacon Safety Messages

Black Diamond really shit the bed with their most recent beacon safety statement. I know what you’re thinking, “you’re a year behind,” but no, these are *new* safety issues with Pieps and Black Diamond beacons. I have a lot of thoughts about their communication and their decisions varied from somewhat to wildly unethical. But I … Continue reading Black Diamond’s Bungled Beacon Safety Messages

Gear Review: Women’s Coalition Snow SOS Skis

In my most recent review of the Elan Ripstick 102 W, I mentioned that there’s a lot of repetition in the women’s 100-something ski space: moderate flex, carbon laminates, -8cm mount point and 1700g in weight. I call them Vanilla skis. They’re palatable crowd-pleasers, and they make a lot of sense in the wide, women’s … Continue reading Gear Review: Women’s Coalition Snow SOS Skis