Feb 11, 2013

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Top Apres-Ski Scenes on Earth

coverFor many, the art of the Apres (very appropriately transleted from french to “After” in English) scene is as important to the Ski Resort esperience as sliding down a mountain with a waxed plank or two beneath your feet.

It has been a staple of European ski culture as long as Jagermeister has been “curing” the annoying symptoms of frostbite.  There’s nothing like dancing in your ski boots to old anthems to perpetuate the stoke after a great day skiing or snowboarding.

Around the world, cultures may disagree on many things, but one thing that everyone can agree on is a few gluveins, or whatever you choose, at the end of the day.

Here are the best towns where it’s ok to boogie in your ski boots and one-piece until the early hours.  In fact, if you aren’t rocking your ski gear after a hard day on the slopes, you would be the odd one out.

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Feb 8, 2013

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The Ski Town Hustle: How to Get Paid in a Ski Town Without a Job

The Ski Town Hustle:  How to Get Paid in a Ski Town Without a Job

There is a catch-22 to living in a ski town.  Pretty much everything that you want to do in winter costs money.  And very few people actually make money simply by skiing or snowboarding.  There usually is a catch if they do:  shuttling around whining kids and snow-plowing beginners.  

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Feb 7, 2013

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What do You Really Need?

Utan fiskelycka i Svartedalen from Hampus Samuelsson on Vimeo.

No lab tops, fancy gadgets or I-whatevers here, folks. Only the silence of the wilderness.

Every proper outdoorsmen knows that being in nature is about ditching the noises, stresses and occupations of everyday life. It is about experiencing the tranquility that can only be found miles away from bosses, emails, appointments, and due dates.

Hampus Samuelsson needs only his pack, knife, rod, and instant coffee for a nice weekend away.

What do you need?

 

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Feb 7, 2013

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How to Tell if Your Partner is a Noob

How to Tell if Your Partner is a Noob

While many people get professional instruction (which I highly recommend) from guide services, schools, or camps, most of us got into climbing because we knew somebody who was already doing it.

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Feb 6, 2013

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Cycling vs. Driving: The Wheel War Wages On

Cycling vs. Driving: The Wheel War Wages On

Is that even a valid comparison?

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Feb 5, 2013

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Movies That Have Hurt the Ski Bum Image

Movies That Have Hurt the Ski Bum Image

Living in a resort town, you see a lot of people who visit with certain expectations of the so-called “ski-bum” lifestyle.  Whether it is by the brand new wardrobe, the state of their credit limit, or a vernacular that implies good intentions, yet might as well be a tatoo on your head that says “tourist”. 

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Feb 5, 2013

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The Beginner’s Guide to Falling a Tree

The Beginner’s Guide to Falling a Tree

If you’ve never cut down a tree but think the process seems simple enough, then you’re sorely mistaken. Tree falling is a technical process that requires solid focus, the ability to visually calculate lengths and distances, and considerable upper-body strength. Here’s a how-to guide for rookie lumberjacks.

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Feb 4, 2013

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The Message Your Moustache is Sending to Women

The Message Your Moustache is Sending to Women

Over the years, the world has been unable to make up it’s mind about the moustache — is it a classy fashion statement, or the mark of a savage beast? And while the American public is in the midst of a moustache revival of sorts, it should be noted that the wearer’s self-image may strongly differ from the message his whisker arrangement is sending to those around him,

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Jan 28, 2013

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Are You a Backpacker?

Quickly, disregard all your previous misconceptions of what it means to be “cool”. Throw away any inclination to resist repeatedly watching this video and embrace what Gabriel and Chafino define as a backpacker.

If it isn’t the catchy guitar riffs or melodious vocals that get you, perhaps the nostalgia will. But seriously, this video represents all that we as adventurers have felt at some time and place. Traveling takes you places and puts you in experiences that are perhaps a little less comfortable or convenient than you would choose. It’s all part of the adventure.

So when your adventures put you in less-than-desirable circumstances, remember to rid yourself of the backpacker blues, and ride on muchacho!

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Jan 21, 2013

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The Ski/Snowboard Date: Pros and Cons

The Ski/Snowboard Date:  Pros and Cons

In the ski-resort lifestyle, love can be an elusive concept.  Severely skewed ratios of Y-chromosomes combined with inflated prices on pretty much anything means that the dating scene in ski towns can be a bit precarious.

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