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
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 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?
This review comes from Alexandra Malloy, one of Evo Denver's best ski-slingers, especially when it comes to serving women. I'm so excited to have her contributions. She's skied a *ton* of skis, knows her shit, and adds so much value from a size and shape perspective, especially since she can solidly dabble on both sides … Continue reading Gear Review: Dynastar M-Tour 99 Skis
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
Every few weeks, I get a question about kids’ skis from grown women. I get it, the sizes overlap. The costs are much cheaper. At face value, they look like the best bang for the buck. Thank god these mostly come over email so I can write something more thoughtful than my initial reaction: a … Continue reading Should Women Ski Kids’ or Juniors’ Skis?
The reader question train just keeps truckin’. Today’s question comes from Liz, about women’s powder skis: Hi! Question for you. Do you have any data breakdowns of women’s “powder skis” that are 110 or wider underfoot and the length options available? I’ve been doing a little bit of digging and am finding the options are … Continue reading Why are women’s powder skis so long?
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
Last November, I got a message asking me to talk about gloves and mittens, help break down the components, and make her feel more confident making purchases. Do I remember who asked? No. Can I find the message? Also no. But I know it’s been on my to do list for months, and I really … Continue reading Gloves & Mittens 101
A little over a month ago, I posted a piece on the sexist marketing trope of how expert women’s gear allows them to “keep up with the boys,” sending the message that men are generally better, but some women manage to keep up. My friend Reid dropped in my DMs to ask question about how … Continue reading How Men can Advocate for Gear Equity