6 Reasons to Take Avalanche Level 1 Safety Training

6 Reasons to Take Avalanche Level 1 Safety Course Backcountry skiing and splitboarding are undoubtedly fun activities, but they’re also incredibly dangerous. Why? Because the best skiing occurs on steep slopes stacked with deep, fresh snow—two classic ingredients for avalanches. The biggest avalanches can wipe out entire towns, but even small avalanches can bury, injure, […]

Backcountry Nutrition and Hydration Tips

Winslow’s Hydration + Nutrition Tips for the Backcountry: I am a Mountain Guide and a Certified Yoga Health Coach where I have studied a lot about nutrition and helping the body to thrive.  To maximize my energy, I follow this daily morning routine for nutrition and hydration. Backcountry Nutrition Tips  1 Liter of Lemon Water: […]

Stay Warm in the Backcountry – How to Layer for Skiing

How to Stay Warm while Backcountry Skiing If you are like me, and you get cold easily, then I am here to share with you my top tips for staying warm while backcountry adventure.  As a mountain guide and wife of a professional mountain guide, I’ve spent a lot of time in the backcountry. Whether […]

Backcountry Skiing Checklist

There is a lot to remember before each backcountry skiing trip. Where will you go? What is weather and avalanche forecast? what are your partners skills and abilities? In this article, you’ll find a backcountry skiing checklist to help you organize you backcountry planning and stay safe. That’s why we created a Backcountry Skiing Checklist […]

Backcountry Skiing Tips After Completing Avalanche Training

Wasatch Utah Ski Guide - In the Company of Guides

What to Do After Completing Avalanche 1 Training Course After taking an Avalanche 1 training course, you may be feeling excited and nervous about really getting out there on your own.  I mean, let’s face it, even the experts get it wrong sometimes.  And after just one weekend of training, you will know tons more […]

Winter is coming! How to Prepare for Backcountry Ski Season

How to Prepare for Backcountry Skiing What do I do to plan and prepare for the backcountry ski season? I get an exciting feeling this time of years the leaves change colors and the temperatures drop, I begin to think about skiing!  I am a skier to my soul, and I enjoy all forms of […]

Ski Mountaineering Classics of the Wasatch

When I started thinking about writing this article I decided I first need to define a few terms. What is ski mountaineering?  What makes something “Classic”?  And what are the Wasatch? I took the Ski mountaineering definition from my website. Ski Mountaineering: the discipline of climbing and descending mountains with the use of skis. Often, […]

My Journey to Becoming a Pro Mountain + Ski Guide

I grew up here in Utah skiing and playing in the mountains from an early age.  I was a bump skier in high school and even competed on the Bud Pro Mogul Tour and in the Utah Winter Olympics in the late 80’s and early 90’s.  In college I became more of a ‘soul’ skier […]

The Best Backcountry Skiing is in the Wasatch

I learned to ski as a young boy right here in the Wasatch mountains of Utah.  Since learning to ski, I have been a passionate skier.  Because I learned to ski at Alta, I am especially zealous about skiing powder.  My pursuit for skiing powder soon led me to backcountry skiing, and the desire to […]

Backcountry Skiing Gear

Amadablam Backcountry Skiing Adventure

Backcountry Skiing Gear List It’s been a busy time in the backcountry. I’ve never seen as many people backcountry skiing. I’m not sure if that’s because people are finding themselves with more time due to COVID or are just looking for COVID-friendly activities. Either way, if you’ve just booked a guided backcountry ski trips to improve […]

Backcountry Skiing Answers

Skiing the Backcountry of Wasatch Mountains

Todd Passey: Professional IFMGA Mountain Guide Explains Backcountry Skiing As a certified IFMGA mountain guide, I often get asked questions related to backcountry skiing (aka “ski touring”) such as: How do I get started backcountry skiing? What’s the best ski gear for ski touring? What do I need to know about avalanches in the backcountry? […]