Utah Yurt Trips 101: How To Plan and Where To Go

Yurt trips are immensely restorative and relaxing. You hike in with everything you’ll need, take a break from cell reception, cook and commune with friends, and ski untouched snow in awe-inspiring places. If you’ve ever been on a backcountry-skiing yurt trip, you probably remember it as your best days of the year. (And if you…

The 10 Best Family-Friendly Ski Resorts in North America

From on-site childcare to indoor water parks, these winter destinations offer plenty of perks for the kids and you. Hold on to your snow hats. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, “Winter is back” for 2019, with the white stuff predicted to pile up higher than mashed potatoes on a holiday buffet across New England, the…

12 Weird, Wild Winter Festivals Around the World

Let’s face it: Once the holidays are over, it’s hard not to start counting the (dark) days until spring arrives. But that doesn’t there’s nothing to look forward to during those long winter days. Around the world, communities large and small come together to put on seasonal celebrations that have fun with—and make light of—this…

Dan Gump Walks the Talk During Leadman Series

Colorado Sales Rep Outdoor Endurance Athlete The following is the next in an ongoing series of profiles – “Partners Who Inspire” – highlighting friends in the outdoor industries that Kulkea works with, and their businesses. There's a popular sobriquet in adventure racing circles that's used to describe a particularly rugged brand of competitor – “hard man.”…

Insider’s Guide to Acadia National Park

Maine’s rocky coastline, rolling mountains and dense wilderness all converge in the northeast corner of the state to create the serene yet vibrant area of Acadia National Park. It is composed of 47,000 acres, and is home to the highest coastal peak on the Atlantic seaboard of the United States. The park’s rugged beauty and…

10 Eco-Friendly Ski Resorts Leading the Way for Sustainability in the U.S.

“Sustainable” and “ski areas” are traditionally not things associated with one another. However, since climate change has reached a tipping point, many outdoors enthusiasts have become more concerned about preserving the natural places they recreate. And since ski areas’ financial futures depend on having solid snow pack, they’re increasingly adopting eco-friendly attitudes. The National Ski…

Discovering the Scenic Byways of Moab

There’s magic in the name Moab. The word conjures up dreams of sandstone landscapes dissected by canyons and lorded over by buttes and mesas. The town of Moab, Utah, nestled beside the Colorado River, casts a special spell on every visitor, enchanting them with the surrounding bare-bones landscape and a sense of limitless space. Spectacular…

How Skiing Has Changed Over the Years

Ask Aspen local Tony Vagneur what he remembers most about skiing in the old days, and he answers immediately: “the cold.” Circa 1949, when Gore-Tex was a long way off, layering wool was the only way to attempt to ward off the frigid temperatures. Factor in an hour-long lift line and a 30-minute ride up…

14 Tips for Zermatt and Skiing the Matterhorn

Time to Cool Off. Need a break from the summer heat? Think about a ski trip to Europe over the December break. THE MATTERHORN: It’s doable. If its glaciers can be skied in August, December is a no brainer. With a strong US dollar, cheap lift tickets and smart planning it’s affordable. Yes, inexpensive lift…

Why Park City is Arguably the Best Ski Destination in the Country

Getting to a ski resort in most mountain towns can be a headache. You have to first fly in to a major city, rent a car, and then take on a multi-hour canyon drive through traffic to reach the slopes. Not so in Park City, Utah. A 35-minute ride from the Salt Lake International Airport…

Why Take A Resistance Band On Your Next Ski Trip?

Keep your band handy to warm up your legs on the mountain. Skiing is a sport that treads the fine line between pure exhilaration and outright terror, and the only thing keeping you on the right side of that line is your own ability to stay upright at speed. To do that, you need hard-earned…

10 Must-Do Hikes in the Mountain West

From Montana’s Livingston Range to the Lechuguilla Desert of southern Arizona, the U.S. region known as the Mountain West is brimming with top-caliber hiking destinations. Narrowing down a list of 10 standouts is no small feat, but we took a stab at it anyway, choosing from the eight states that make up the U.S. Census…

The Ski Trips That Make You A Better Skier

A week on the slopes – and in the bars – can be an outstanding social holiday. But what if your goal is to return home a better skier? For all their physical demands and opportunities for exhilaration, winter sports can still sometimes be seen as just an excuse to stuff yourself full of fondue…

The 10 Best Hikes in Boulder

It’s no secret that Boulder boasts a wealth of top-notch hiking. The foothills and mountains above town represent the eastern terminus of the Rocky Mountains, rising up to elevations more than 8,000 feet—meaning a great workout is almost guaranteed if you’re starting from Boulder, which is roughly 5,400 feet above sea level. Meanwhile, the mesas…

Insider’s Guide to Big Bend National Park

Named for the large, lazy turn in the Rio Grande river, Big Bend National Park defies expectations with lush flood plains, tree-covered mountains rising to almost 8,000 feet, narrow canyons, kaleidoscopic badlands, ever-changing sand dunes, and incredibly varied and plentiful wildlife. One visit to Big Bend and any and all preconceived notions of what southwestern…

6 Historic Hotels in the National Parks That Will Take You Back in Time

The first director of the National Park Service, Stephen Mather, once said, “Scenery is a hollow enjoyment to a tourist who sets out in the morning after an indigestible breakfast and a fitful sleep on an impossible bed.” On an epic day in the wilderness, Mather’s observation seems a tad dramatic. But after a zero-degree…

Do You Know Your Mountain Trivia?

Size isn’t everything in a mountain. Neither is topographic prominence, or isolation, or vertical rise, or geologic age, or symmetry, or wildness. The best mountains, of course, are those that get lodged in your heart so that you feel them even when you’re far away, and lodged in your subconscious so that you dream about…

Explore Southern Utah’s Backcountry

Kanab, a tiny picturesque town nestled in Utah’s sage-studded desert, is a colorful place. It’s known for intensely hued rocks, mysterious slot-canyons, stately junipers, and all-around adventurous terrain. Naturally, a place with such otherworldly beauty—that also happens to be within day-tripping distance of Vegas—draws plenty of visitors. The Wave hike near the Utah/Arizona border (about…

6 Underrated National Parks and Monuments in the West

There's a reason National Parks are called America’s best idea. Setting aside vast expanses of pristine land for timeless preservation provides a refuge for millions of Americans to experience the outdoors and press the reset buttons on their busy lives. So many people are now flocking to the National Parks that 2015 saw a whopping…

The Last Outbacks: Exploring Lower 48 Backcountries Where the American Frontier Held Out

From the North Cascades and Great Basin borderlands of Oregon, Nevada, and Idaho to the most obscure depths of the Greater Yellowstone and the Boreal waterways of the Upper Midwest, plenty of sparsely populated and wild places remain in the contiguous United States. We’re lucky enough to still have headwater basins, desert canyons, and anonymous…

10 Amazing (and Attainable) Thru-Hikes Across the Country

Weekend backpacking trips are one of the greatest gifts of the summer. You can get so much in just two to three days: a breathtaking vista, a serene mountain lake, a secluded old-growth forest. The only problem is that all too soon you’re back at the trailhead, preparing for the long drive home and wondering…

Seeking Fish, Finding Climate Change

Tales of an Indian Adventure. In Agora, India, Andy Danylchuk, Patagonia Ambassador, and I finished a day of fly fishing on the Assi Ganga River, one of the high headwaters of the Ganges. We came to the valley to explore and to see if any fish still held in the headwaters close to Dodital, a…

10 Adventurous Ways to Enjoy the Last Gasp of Winter in Portland

While there's still great skiing to be had, the Pacific Northwest's already abbreviated winter season is quickly melting away, setting the stage for another gorgeous spring. The Portland area received some snow and ice in January, but the roads were back to normal by the next day's rush-hour commute, and locals haven't fretted over freezing temperatures since. Flowers are beginning to…

Yellowstone Late Winter: Serene Hikes, Wildlife, No Crowds

Late winter in Yellowstone National Park is its quiet season: no crowds, no noise, just the serenity of awe-inspiring landscapes and the wildlife that inhabit them. The only road open is the Northeast Entrance Road between Mammoth and Cooke City, which traverses the Lamar Valley, home to bison, wolves, and bighorn sheep. Traveling the road in late…

8 Things You Should Know Before Planning a Vacation to Alta Ski Area

Located in Little Cottonwood Canyon just outside of Salt Lake City, Alta is world-renowned for its bountiful, fluffy powder and home to many iconic runs. Skiers of all abilities travel from all over the world for a taste of The Greatest Snow on Earth™. Despite the international acclaim, Alta remains characteristically a local mountain, with a…

How to Pull off a 100-Day Ski Season with a Full-Time Job

By the time I skied my 100th day this season—skinning up Alta at sunset after a rogue May storm dusted the mountain with a few inches of fresh snow—the outing felt both special and normal. Special because every ski day is a high-five from life. Normal because I’d spent the whole season getting re-accustomed to…

Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Jamie Worcester

"Jukebox" Jamie from Boston Ski + Tennis Gets After It. The following is the first of a series of profiles – “Partners Who Inspire” – highlighting friends in the outdoor industries that Kulkea works with, and their businesses. Jamie Worcester's first night on Georgia's Springer Mountain in late March, 2018, at the very start of the…

A Different Type of Heli-Skiing: Heli-Accessed Ski Touring in British Columbia

Heli-skiing is, without question, the snow-seeking pilgrim’s holy grail. Thousands of feet of vertical, bottomless powder, nonexistent crowds, endless terrain choices—it’s no wonder alpine addicts return to the shred meccas of Alaska and Canada for their fix year after year. But there’s one glaring issue with heli-skiing: it’s super expensive. If you’ve got cash in…

Top 11 Spring Skiing Event Picks 2019

Not to Be Missed in Mountains this Spring. While the allure of bluebird skies and warmer temps bring enthusiasts and fair weather fans alike to the mountains. Spring also brings fun events at local mountains and huge festivals across the continent. Whether it be Co-ed focused parties or family friendly activities, there’s something for all…

The Allure of Springtime in Ski Country

Azure Blue Skies, Smiles and Technique. Every skier – from hardcore season-pass holder to occasional weekend dabbler – looks forward to spring skiing. Who can blame them? “Spring skiing comes with a whole new energy – warmer, sunny days, soft bumps, all-around happy skiers enjoying the end of the snow season to the fullest,” said…

6 Iconic Ski Runs in the French Alps to Experience in Your Lifetime

Let’s all agree that there is no adrenaline rush like charging down a memorable ski slope. We all remember those special runs, and France is home to some of the most iconic in the world. They are the types of slopes that validate you as a skier, and you will likely refer to them as…

John Egan’s Excellent Adventure to Antarctica

Skiing the Sixth Continent. By the time he approached his 60th birthday, Ski & Snowboard Hall of Famer John Egan had taken his skis up and down some of the most obscure slopes on five of the planet's seven continents. But before late 2018, he had never been to Antarctica. “I've spent my whole life…

Best Northern California Backcountry Huts: 5 Must-See Ski-in Cabins of the Sierra

With snow already accumulating on the slopes near Lake Tahoe and around Northern California, stoke is high for this winter’s ski season. If you are a skier or snowboarder and you haven’t made it to the mountains yet, you’ve probably been dreaming about shredding groomers at Heavenly, tree skiing at Kirkwood, or finding new lines…

How to Get Your Kids Skiing at an Early Age

Slopeside meltdowns, freezing tears on frigid lift rides, urgent bathroom breaks the minute you’ve gotten all geared up: Hitting the slopes with your little ones can be a big-time challenge, not to mention a big hit to the wallet. But the benefits—getting your kiddos passionate about skiing and riding and creating a whole new level…

How to Experience New Mexico’s Enchanted Circle Byway in the Winter

As it loops through mountain passes, rolling meadows, and desert mesas, the 84-mile Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway takes you on a tour of a true winter playground in New Mexico. Centered around Wheeler Peak, the highest point in the state, the route follows NM-522, NM-38, and U.S. Route 64 through several charming towns, which also…

Ski Racing: New England Masters Series

New England's Fountain of Youth for Racers All good things must come to an end, right? When legendary Olympian Lindsey Vonn finally called it quits on her World Cup racing career this month, few could blame her. The 34-year-old superstar had reached the pinnacle of her sport as the women's all-time leader in World Cup…

9 Reasons Why Taos Ski Valley Is a True Outdoor Mecca

Outdoor enthusiasts don’t have to look far to find adventure in Taos Ski Valley. Boasting some of the best rafting, skiing, climbing, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and hiking in the world, the area draws visitors from near and far looking for a taste of the great outdoors. Taos Ski Valley is tucked into the magnificent Sangre…

Cat Skiing in Colorado: What to Know and Where to Go

Here’s the deal with cat skiing (and snowboarding) in Colorado—you don’t have to be a total shredder. But you do have to be ready to shred. Cat skiing delivers you the bounties of the backcountry with the potential for fresh tracks all day, so say goodbye to those lift lines. What could be better? (Well,…

The Inside Story Behind the Mysterious Shrines of Aspen Ski Slopes

No doubt you know when the sun warms your favorite Aspen ski run to the perfect temperature or where to find late-day powder stashes on local slopes. But the ski areas, like Aspen itself, offer plenty more than meets the eye—you just need to know where to look. Especially when it comes to the unique shrines…

New Year, New Ski Gear

Gear and Accessories for 2019 In the ski retail biz, there are three major “buying seasons.” The obvious one is pre-Christmas, when new ski paraphernalia always makes the perfect gift, even for that person who is all but impossible to shop for. Then, at the end of the season, manufacturers and retailers are anxious to…

Mastering the Early Morning Ski Start

Tips: Rising for Fresh Tracks in Colorado. Science has yet to comb the human genome to discover what rare strand of DNA is responsible for morning people, but rest assured if you aren’t one of them, you aren’t alone. If you count yourself among those who rage against the coming morning just to stumble out…

A Daredevil’s Ski Guide to Crested Butte

It’s not an easy place. It’s cold and remote and the snow can be deep and impassable. And the mountain itself—a jagged geological exclamation point that juts from the valley floor, all steeps and rocks and exposed faces—isn’t warm and fuzzy. It demands respect, talent, and the ability to hold an edge in places that…

Ski Whistler Blackcomb: A Winter Getaway Guide

When the Winter Olympics came to Whistler in 2010, it shone a global spotlight on what ski circles had been savoring for decades: the epic terrain, death-defying drops, and stunning vistas that make the resort a world-class skiing and snowboarding destination. Indeed, the 8,171 acres of North America’s largest resort (Whistler and Blackcomb joined forces…

The 8 Can’t-Miss Experiences During Any Ski Trip to Park City

You came for Utah’s world-class powder skiing, but that’s not all there is to do in this silver-mining settlement turned ski town. Just 35 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport, Park City feels a world apart from the state’s metropolitan capital city. From its charming, historic Main Street and friendly, welcoming residents to its…

Dual-threat John Brown Picks Himself Up, Again

Persevering with Slopestyle and Big Air. There's an old adage in skiing that maintains, “If you're not falling, you're not trying.” But the best skiers know that it's not the falling that's important. It's getting back up. Again and again and again. And by that measure, Kulkea athlete John Brown has proven that he belongs…

Reflections of Skiing Legend John Egan

Get on the slopes and up close with John Egan, Hall of Fame extreme skier and Chief Fun Officer for Sugarbush. Go around the world, hear great stories and learn what keeps this Northeastern based legend going. - Edit by Kevin Joudrey.

Exploring Ajax Like an Aspenite: 5 Locals’ Favorite Runs on Aspen Mountain

Aspen Mountain, known as Ajax to the locals, is the oldest of the four ski resorts that make up Aspen Snowmass. This hometown hill offers world-famous black-diamond trails for advanced skiers and boarders. But for locals, Aspen Mountain is their backyard — and their playground, which they take advantage of for first-chair runs on powder days to…

Buying Ski Gear Online vs. Local Shops

Knowledge, Fit and Service. There are certain Facebook memes that never fail to grab my attention. One is, “When you buy from a Mom and Pop business, you're not helping a CEO buy a third vacation home. You are helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy get a team jersey, a mom…

The Best Skiing in Vermont: 5 Must-Visit Resorts Close to Burlington

Winter has finally decided to show up in Vermont, and now that the temperatures have dropped and the white stuff has started to fall, the call of the slopes can be answered. Luckily, there are a handful of options within an hour’s drive of downtown Burlington. So grab your gear and figure out which mountain…

A Tour of the Snowiest Places in America

Ah, snow: You tend to love it or hate it. Or maybe it’s a conditional thing for you. You love it up on the mountain but hate it smothering your driveway. Soft, fluffy, slow-falling, and admired from a serene groomed trail or a frosted lodge window, it’s soothing. As a spitting whiteout maelstrom—or when blitzing…

The Great Tahoe Debate: North Lake or South Lake?

You’ve decided on a ski trip to Tahoe and while you may have heard that there are a few towns and ski areas on both the North and South ends of the lake, what sets one apart from the other? Which place(s) would be your best bet for a ski vacation? Generally speaking, the South…

Why Ogden Is One of Utah’s Best Ski Towns

Ogden, bordering the towering Wasatch Range, lies a scant 40 miles north of its big brother Salt Lake City and its international airport. Ogden and its three ski resorts—Snowbasin, Powder Mountain, and Nordic Valley—doesn’t have the immediate name recognition of the famous ski areas east of Salt Lake, but the skiing is just as great…

Skiing the Southern Colorado Powder Highway

A Great Powder Adventure. It’s go time, Colorado skiers and snowboarders: storms are starting to dump powder across the state. As we reported previously, Colorado’s southern mountains are often the winners in an El Niño year. Now is the perfect time to bust out your skis and boards and shred your way across (or any part…

Caution is Not a Dirty Word

Skiing Safe is Smart, Not Boring. One of skiing's great attractions is the sheer thrill that defines the sport. Think about being at the top of a daunting run – whether a steep chute, a bump trail, or a glade thick with trees. Think about the way your chest tightens as your breath quickens, and…

9 of the Steepest Inbounds Ski Runs in Colorado

While Colorado's ski resorts boast oodles of awesome terrain, they're a little short on seriously steep inbounds runs: those spine-tingling drop-offs and slopes that brush your hip when you turn, and elicit a deep sigh of relief once you conquer them. But this hardcore terrain is out there, just waiting to be shredded by the most fearless souls on…

Rocky Mountain National Park in Winter: How to Plan Your Adventure

Explore the Breathtaking Landscape. Getting out of the Front Range and up to Rocky Mountain National Park is an obvious (and popular) escape in the summer. But what about in the winter, when so few other souls are there? You’ll practically have the whole place to yourself. A trip to the park in the winter means you’ll experience…

How Someone Living in Texas Can Be Skiing in Utah By Lunch

You wake up in the morning; it’s warm outside without a snowflake in sight. At lunchtime, you’re taking a chairlift up the mountain to ski some of the best powder in the country. Time to snap out of your daydream? Not at all. For those living in Texas, skiing may not be a part of…

Tips for Planning Your Ski Vacation

How to Plan a Great Trip. Skiing is a blast. Traveling to find new ski experiences can be a blast as well, but it can also mean headaches. A ski vacation – especially one that involves air travel – is obviously a whole lot more complicated than picking a resort and a date. So, to…

The 7 Best Mountain Bike Trails Near Bozeman

Amazing Biking Trails for All. Bozeman is surrounded by mountains, so it’s little wonder that the locals spend much of their recreation time exploring them. Thanks to a bustling cycling community, mountain bikes are a common sight in Bozeman, and riders of all skill levels and preferences will find trails to explore. Whether you’re looking…

Insider’s Guide to Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

A Gem: Rugged, Steep and Amazing. In most cases to get to the real good stuff, visitors to any of the lands in America’s National Park System are forced to suffer tour buses, packed park roads, and green-clad park rangers at every turn—at least between the entrance gate and the trailhead. Katahdin Woods and Waters…

What’s New at Western Ski Resorts?

Big Changes at Big Mountains. In the interests of fair play, on the heels of our What’s New at Eastern Ski Resorts post, we’re presenting our highlights of new developments at western resorts. The nominees, as you’ll see, are almost too numerous to count. As mentioned in our previous post, one of the biggest changes on…

Shoulder Seasons at Great Sand Dunes National Park: Why You Should Visit in the Fall

Check out the Dunes. Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is home to the tallest dunes in North America, covering close to 19,000 acres of constantly changing landscape. The dunes—including the famed Star Dune, which rises 750 feet from San Luis Valley floor—aren’t the only thing to recommend the park, though: Great Sand Dunes…

What’s New at Eastern Ski Resorts?

The Beast of the East and More for You This Season. The technical advances in skiing over the course of the past two decades – highlighted by the ongoing development of shaped skies – have been nothing short of remarkable, proving that the sport continues to evolve. Those advances often mirror the improvements in snowmaking…

A Logan Canyon Adventure Guide

Far from any major city, a 43-mile-long mountain road winds its way through Logan Canyon, which connects the town of Logan with the shores of Bear Lake. The canyon accesses countless hiking paths, rock climbing routes, mountain biking trails, skiable acres, campsites, and secluded fishing spots. It’s the kind of place you could spend decades…

Zion National Park’s ‘Secret’ Trails

Located in southern Utah, Zion National Park has a series of red and pink sandstone canyons so beautiful that they draw 3 million visitors each year. Most tourists come in March through October to see Zion Canyon, which is served by shuttles and accessed through the park’s south entrance. But at the park’s east entrance,…

How to Kayak Lake Tahoe: Insider Tips on Paddling the Alpine Lake

In 2010, a good friend and I decided to attempt the ultimate paddle around Lake Tahoe as a fundraiser. On a crisp, calm morning, we launched our kayaks from the coarse sandy beach of Camp Richardson; the plan was to continuously paddle around the famous alpine lake in one long adventure. After 21 hours that…

Perfecting the Mountain Bike Getaway: 5 Retreats with Inexpensive Lodging and Endless Singletrack

Eat. Sleep. Ride. It’s an easy mantra to adopt. And considering the rise of mountain bike retreats all across the country in recent years, which specifically cater to these three pillars of the riding and post-riding world, it's become a reality. The basic premise? Fine folks with a hospitable vision and a hankering for singletrack…

The 7 Biggest & Best Mountain Bike Trails in Aspen Snowmass

Aspen has no shortage of world-class mountain biking trails, but, in most cases, there's a caveat: You have to climb anywhere from 800 feet to more than 2,000 feet to access them. The thrill of the ride—and the views that come with it—make the effort well worth it, but it's also important to set your expectations and…

Colorado’s Top Ten Must-Hike 14ers

Colorado has 53 mountains over 14,000 feet with an additional five summits that make most peakbaggers’ 14ers rosters (the rule is that mountain tops must have 300 vertical feet of prominence between neighboring summits). While they are all scenic, some are less-than-wonderful to scale: rotten rock, tedious boulder fields, and private land ownership issues make some…

Moab Mountain Biking 101: What to Know, Where to Go

Few places can capture the imagination in quite the same way as Moab, Utah. Just minutes from two national parks—Arches and Canyonlands—the Colorado River, and countless square miles of public land, Moab is surrounded by a vast playground for adventurers of all stripes. In addition to its opportunities for hiking, climbing, and paddling, Moab is…

Aging to the Extreme with John Egan

Exclusive Interview: What's on Tap? On the cusp of his 60th birthday, legendary extreme skier John Egan doesn't need to worry about his second childhood, for one very simple reason. He's not done with his first. “I feel really good, in great shape, ready to continue doing what I'm doing,” said the Vermont resident. “Maybe…

Micro Pack Review on PugSki.com

Micro Pack™ Built for Your Adventure. The multi-talented and avid outdoorsman Brian Finch put Kulkea’s Micro Pack to the test. In his review Finch details the pack’s “killer features” and stellar performance throughout his skiing, trail running and dry ice climbing adventures. Starting with quality and design, Micro Pack “is on a different level entirely…it…

Chillin with Silver Medalist Nick Goepper

What's Next for the Slopestyler? Exclusive Interview. Nick Goepper hasn't been resting on his laurels since capturing silver at the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Following the Winter Games, the Kulkea athlete won the season's final World Cup slopestyle event in Italy, celebrated his 24th birthday, got engaged to longtime girlfriend Lizzy Braun, put down…

Extreme Skiing in New Hampshire?

Tackling Diagonal Gully, Mount Washington. For decades, Nike promoted sneaker sales with its wildly popular slogan, "Just do it!" But mountaineers and backcountry skiers know better. Any attempt to ski a backcountry line requires thorough planning and an unvarnished sense of self-awareness. Because the wilderness doesn't suffer fools kindly. And that wilderness is much closer…

Thermal Trekker Review – Engearment

Thermal Trekker – The Ultimate Heated Boot Bag. Sean, a gear guru, Splitboarder and avid outdoorsman at Engearment put Kulkea's Thermal Trekker heated boot bag to the test. In his review Sean explains why Thermal Trekker is the best heated boot bag. After the rigors of a year in the mountains here are some highlights.…

Release v11: Skiing France’s Mer de Glace

The longest lift-served run in the world is the Mer de Glace accessed by the Aiguille Du Midi Telepherique cable car in Chamonix, France. The area is accessed by the Arete which is a dicey walk down a knife edged spine but once you are in, the terrain is pretty manageable sans for the glacier…

11 Fun Spring Skiing Events 2018

2018 Spring Mountain and Skiing Events Does it feel like the spring skiing starts and ends later these days? Maybe it's just me after seeing huge March snows hit the East and West recently. Well, mountains and resorts around the country have certainly taken notice as evidenced by events running into June. See our updated…

Skiing St. Anton Austria

Best Kept Secret During February Vacation Guest Post: David Abramowitz. My daughter and I headed over to Europe for a father-daughter ski trip during February school vacation. It happened on a whim. A trip of a lifetime! Initial plans were to ski out west, but the snow wasn’t cooperating. So, we started looking local in…

Getting Back on the Slope

Overcoming Injury: Skiing = Life. Blame my Celtic heritage, but I think of spring skiing in the same way I look at a traditional "Irish Wake." It's a time of mourning, when the calendar's inexorable march brings my favorite season to a close. Conversely, it's a great opportunity to celebrate everything that we skiers are…

Fresh Tracks on the Sherburne

Cat Up to the Goods. Last weekend I had a great morning with my two sons, Reid and Andy. I've been volunteering for the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol for 15 years and have come to know the east side of The Rockpile fairly well. My sons, ages 10 and 13 had not been up…

Release 10: Loon Pow Day

An overnight storm sealed the deal for some Kulkea folks to connect at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH. Soft turns and even a little bit of sunshine made for a smooth day on the mountain. I had not been there in a while and felt right at home. It helped as well to have a…

Nick Goepper Going Big at 2018 Olympics

KULKEA Athlete and Pride of the Midwest Nick Goepper Plans to Go Big in South Korea. "Success is very much the intersection of luck and hard work.” –Dustin Moskovitz, Facebook co-founder With all due respect to the Roman philosopher Seneca, who said "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity," slopestyle maestro Nick Goepper knows…

Ice Storm at Cranmore

MICRO PACK a Perfect Tool for Patrollers. Cranmore Mountain Resort has tight grooming and typically boasts great conditions. But you can't change Mother Nature's will. The ice storm that struck New England on 1/23/18 left wimpy pines bending over power lines, roads and of course the flanks of trails. As a ski patroller the burden…

Add Skiing to New Year Resolutions

Identify the What, When, and How. The timing of New Year's Resolutions, especially in terms of personal fitness – whether that means shedding a few pounds or simply getting in better shape – has always baffled me. Sure, I understand the basic concept. Jan. 1 marks the first day of the year, and that's a…

First Turns at Cranmore

Ski Tools for Life Skills. Finally things are rolling here in the Mt Washington Valley. We've had two dumps so far and the guns are cranking the man made into whales and what will soon be sheets of cord. My boys (Andrew, age 13 and Reid, age 10) dusted off the sticks and headed out…

Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Skier and Rider Wish List. Now that the insanity of Black Friday and Cyber Monday has passed, we can sit down and give some measured thought to the accessories available for your favorite skier and snowboarder on your holiday list. We're going to avoid skis, boards, and boots, because there are so many quality choices,…

Thermal Trekker Review – Rocky Mountain Boot Fitting

What a Way to Start Your Day. Skiguy from Rocky Mountain Boot Fitting, is not only a expert boot fitter, he's an avid skier and now a huge fan of Kulkea's heated ski boot bag.  After inspecting the bag and seeing customer excitement about the innovative design and features, he decided it was time to…

How to Deal with Fear When Skiing

Identify and Make Friends with It. What skier hasn't dealt with fear? In my decades of skiing, fear has been a regular companion, sometimes riding shotgun when I've pushed into more adventurous terrain. But over time, I've learned to embrace fear, rather than fight or ignore it. I remember two distinct moments when I was…

Micro Pack Review – The Boston Globe

An Adventure Pack for Minimalists - Top Pick for the Season. The Boston Globe's Kari Bodnarchuk was thrilled to receive and review Kulkea's new Micro Pack™ naming it a top pick for the season. Kari immediately identified the value and attraction of the pack, “Kulkea’s lift-friendly Micro Pack will appeal to organizers and lightweight packers…

Set Pre Ski Season Goals

Practical Tips from the Guard Get You Ready to Shred. Ah, November. For the dedicated skier, that means one thing (in addition to Thanksgiving, of course). This is the time to set some goals for a winter on the slopes. And who knows more about "setting and achieving goals" than a professional ski patroller like…

Micro Pack Ski Backpack Review – The Ski Diva

Ski Daypack Gets a Big Thumbs Up! Avid skier, Wendy Clinch AKA The Ski Diva (TSD) reviewed Kulkea's new Micro Pack. The sport and ski backpack enable skiers and adventure seekers to comfortably bring whats needed for a day on the trail. TSD is no stranger to Kulkea gear bags as she’s been sporting a…

Hiking to Ski

Enjoy the Outdoors, Cross-train and Reap the Benefits. Skiers love getting outdoors. Being in the great wide open is perhaps the biggest attraction of the sport, giving us a chance to enjoy, and appreciate, all of Mother Nature's stunning, picturesque offerings. So why prepare for ski season indoors, in a gym? Hiking is one of…

Summer Ski Running

Improve Speed and Endurance. For diehard powder hounds, the dog days of winter can seem almost interminable. The hot, sticky weather seems almost foreign, as if we were plucked from our "happy place" and dropped in some inhospitable land. Smart skiers, however, know that summer translates to an opportunity to either recover from the bumps…

Balance Training for Skiing

Train the Summer, Shred the Winters. Off-season ski training often focuses – and rightly so – on maintaining strength and cardiovascular fitness, along with flexibility. But in a sport that requires the full-body commitment that skiing does, there's another key element that can't be overlooked: Balance. Balance is what allows us to put all our strength…

Advice on Summer Ski Fitness

Take a Break, then Get Outside. I've never "coached" skiing, unless you count a few questionable sessions with my young daughters (during which they told me, in no uncertain terms, that they preferred that I simply be "Dad," and not a ski instructor). But I do coach hockey goaltenders, and have been doing so for…

Summer Skiing Destinations

Where to Go in the Western Hemisphere. A good friend of mine refers to late spring, summer, and fall collectively as "the cruel season." For him, a day without snowfall is like a day without sunshine. But for those with the will, and the financial wherewithal, good skiing can be had all year round. That's…

Release 9: Egans – HALL of FAME

Here we are at Stowe supporting the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.  Class of 2016 inductees include Freeskiing legends Dan and John Egan, The Egan Brothers. We had rain and Spring corn, then a foot on the back end of the storm which provided for a perfect New England send off to the…

An Ode to Rock Skis

My Last Turns of The Season. I'm the sentimental type. Blame it on my Irish DNA. Coupled with an occasional pessimistic streak, I admittedly get caught up in certain points on the calendar. I like beginnings, detest endings. As a youngster, like most kids, I hated the end of summer. In sports, I always loved…

Release 8: Loafa James [Fullerton]

My first job in life was under the wing of this man. Thank you JFames for the inspiration. The countless days of following this man through the trees... Thank you Jim for keeping the mission consistent. James Fullerton is a lifer in the Maine ski scene. You can either find him at the shop, the…

Why Tuckerman Ravine Lures Skiers

A Massive Adrenaline Rush. Tuckerman Ravine on the eastern flank of New Hampshire's Mount Washington is an enormous theater of doubts and dreams. It inspires fear, awe, and even a certain level of reverence. To ski or snowboard down this gaping granite maw is to achieve a certain sense of immortality. "I've been to the ravine…

Hall of Famers on Snowsport History Week

Interviews and Ski Hall Event Info. It is the pinnacle of any sports profession – the Hall of Fame. But when a Hall of Fame includes a sport with a tradition as deep and long-lasting as skiing – both Nordic and Alpine – and another sport as new and refreshing as snowboarding, the entity takes…

10 Tips to Ski Powder

Lean Back and Shorten the Learning Curve. Wow, what a year for snow out west. There’s been an overload of storms from December through March that are converting many of us who previously preferred groomers into powder addicts. There’s definitely a learning curve when it comes to skiing in powder for the first time, however.…

Spring Skiing Advice

Spring Conditions, Form and Gear Tips. Ah, spring. It is the bittersweet season, when we begin bidding winter our long, sad adieu, while simultaneously planning to enjoy some of the best conditions of the year. I try not to dwell on the pending snowmelt especially since many hills are still deep in the goods. However, winter will…

World Pro Ski Tour Rises Again

Dual Slalom is Back! North American ski racing has a long and storied history, especially in those remote corners where Old Man Winter rules for months during the year. From the original American Inferno on the steep flanks of Mount Washington's Tuckerman Ravine in New Hampshire to a slew of Olympic Games, including Squaw Valley,…

Tandem Ski Duffle Bag Review – The Ski Diva

Rave Review of Kulkea’s Ski Duffle. Her kids have grown so The Ski Diva reached out to a friend who put Tandem to the test. Emily Bryk an avid skier with two children ages 2 and 5 knows skiing with the little ones can be challenging.  According to Bryk “for me, one of the hardest…

Release 7: Chasing Caite [Zeliff]

Caite said hey you can sleep on my couch... the rest was history. We jumped in the rig and headed west to the Hostel so we wouldn't overload the washing machine. Caite is an accomplished Freeskier with many podiums. Watch out for her on the Freeride World Tour.

10 Great Ski Resort Brewpubs

Après Ski Suds. A few years back, I traveled cross-country to meet up with a good friend in Portland, OR. He put together a posse of mountain biking buddies, and we went on a three-hour hammerfest through Forest Park on the outskirts of town. Afterward, we retired to a local watering hole – a brew…

10 Best Ski Resorts for Non-Skiers

From East to West. Given my preference, I'll always choose a secluded ski resort, where the emphasis is strictly on skiing – really great skiing – and a few top-end restaurants. If I have that, and a nice hotel room (and, oh, maybe a hot tub), my family and I are going to be happy.…

The Biggest Gripes on the Hill

As great a sport as skiing is, it's not immune to complaints. First, skiing isn't cheap. Start with lift tickets approaching, or exceeding, triple figures, and then add the cost of equipment, clothing, travel, instruction, and lodging, and a weekend in snow country can cost a pretty penny. At the very least, you want to…

Release 6: Intermission – Fireball

The crew heads out of Jackson and makes it to Lincoln Nebraska. The rig is not turning over... We are towed over to 24 Auto Repair and get the down home Nebraska treatment. The Nowhere Bar and Grill provides for a hot meal and some priceless local characters.

Finding Your Inner Downhill Racer

Ski Faster and Enjoy the Comradery. True story. As a kid growing up in New Jersey in the 1960s, I was absolutely enamored with ski racing. It was no passing fancy, but a full-on infatuation. The options to watch world-class racers was pretty much limited to the Olympics, and occasional World Cup events on ABC's Wide…

Release 5: Finding Benny [Wilson]

A casual encounter with a skiing pioneer, Captain Benny Wilson. Founding Father of the Jackson Hole Air Force, Benny is as original as it gets. Benny grew up at The Hostel in Jackson where we ended up staying... best happenstance ever. We share Vermont Peanut Butter, stories of old times, and a few lines on the hill. Read more…

Release 4: PSA

Break away from the noise and focus. Be Aware, Ski With Care is the timeless adage. It was New Years, there were all kinds of safety ads on the television. Enter the skiing translation; here is a Public Service Announcement though it's still My Turns First in the white room.

Dealing with Your New Year’s Hangover

If You Don't Abstain, Here are 12 Tips to Ease the Pain. Faithful readers of this blog know I'm a big, big fan of après ski. It's as much a part of the ski scene as champagne powder and first tracks. Post-ski cocktails are not only a social lubricant, but they can also take off…

Best Ski Areas to Celebrate the Holidays

Good Times Await. ‘Tis the season. The snow is falling and the holidays are upon us but there’s no reason to miss skiing to spend time with the family. In fact, skiing on actual holiday dates can come with the benefits of shorter lift lines and great events. Many resorts across the nation are hosting…

Release 3: Yesterday’s Pillows

The first thing you do in any ski town; seek out a seasoned local. With a boot room, full service "Wax Emporium", and a healthy flow of Skids, The Hostel is a magnet for those in the know. Though officially against company policy, its the innkeepers that are even better at sniffing out the lines.…

How to Find the Right Ski Instructor

Assess, Ask and Instruct your Instructor. Skiing has several essential truths. Sliding downhill is preferable to slogging uphill. That's why we have chairlifts and gondolas. And the better skier you are, the more fun skiing is. That's why we have ski schools. If you're on the outside looking in – either a beginner looking to…

Release 2: My Turns First

Word comes in from Caite Zeliff, The Hostel is where the crew should hold up. It's Nuking in Jackson Hole... and the place is right in Teton Village. The scene in the village is electric. Last minute preparations for the season are happening everywhere. The tram is going through its opening exercises. Hostel goers are…

Tips for Ski Travel this Winter

Know Before You Go. Going to a new mountain can be the highlight of any winter but how do you make sure everything you need arrives in the same destination? Forgetting or losing a crucial piece of gear can make or break a trip but there are some surprising items that you can leave at…

Great Après Ski Cocktails

Recipes for Success. One benefit of being an "seasoned" skier is the luxury of hindsight. Looking back over more than four decades on the hill, I can honestly say that some of my most memorable moments came après ski. Initially, it was for the love of beer, preferably draft beer, at Happy Hour prices. Consider…

Great Ski House Meals

Hungry as a bear after a long day on the slopes? No worries, we've got you covered. I'm one of six kids, and love spending time with my siblings (and our growing families). So I'm very comfortable with the "gathering of the clan" concept, whether it includes family or friends. Or both. A big après ski…

TANDEM Ski Duffle Bag Review Boston Globe

One Bag to Organize Double the Gear. Kari Bodnarchuk rounded up this season’s hottest new gear trends for The Boston Globe. Her favorite piece of luggage for carrying gear for two young kids is Kulkea’s Tandem ski duffle bag. From high tech boot warmers to live streaming action cameras, the Globe covers the most innovative…

Best Holiday Gifts for Skiers

Flip Out Your Skier with These Sweet Gifts. How great is it that the ski season corresponds so nicely with the winter holiday season? Whether you recognize Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or another late December celebration, the yuletide holiday season is a wonderful time of year, particularly if you have a skier on your list. Holiday…

5 Ski and Ride Passes for This Season

Season Passes That Offer the Most Bang for Your Buck. If you live in a mountain town it’s easy to fall back on purchasing a pass to your hometown hill, but what if you’re planning to travel to make turns this season or what if you just want to experience something new? Here are five…

Boot Trekker Sweepstakes Rules

This sweepstakes is only open to legal residents of the United States. For our international friends, feel free to participate in the fun but we are unable to select winners outside of the U.S.No purchase of any kind is necessary to enter or win. Kulkea, LLC. is the sole sponsor of this sweepstakes and it…

Planning Your Next Ski Vacation

How to Plan and Where to Go. Few trips require the same leap of faith that a ski vacation does. Consider just how fickle Old Man Winter can be. Here in New England, we got absolutely buried with record-setting snows two winters ago. Last year, we had record-setting droughts. That's true almost anywhere. It's the volatility…

Arrive in Style on a Pow Day

Four Tips Help You Get to the Hill in One Piece. The rooms are booked, the skis are tuned, the bags are packed, and most importantly, it’s storming. Here are some tips to ensure you make it to the mountain safely and in style. 1. Choose the Right Vehicle If you’re like me and you’re…

JoeJoe Takes the Boot Trekker Challenge

See how much gear the Illusive JoeJoe can pack into his 69L Boot Trekker as he prepares for some summer shredding at Timberline on Mt Hood.

Favorite All-wheel Drive Rigs for Snow Country

Cars That Handle Snow and Steeps. Living in the Northeast all my life, I’ve had my share of 4-wheel and all-wheel-drive vehicles. My clan currently has three – one for me, one for my wife, and one shared by my two teenage daughters. Frankly, I can’t imagine winter driving without one. The list below is…

A House for Every Skier & Rider

Get Your Ski House On! Ah, the ski house. Is there anything else that appeals to our sense of escape during the winter more than our cherished home-away-from-home? There are many types of skiers. So it stands to reason there are many types of ski house owners. But, as the French like to say, "Vive…

Tandem Ski Boot Duffle Review

Tandem is “Perfectly designed with Ski parents in mind.” KULKEA’S Tandem ski boot duffel bag was designed for families who ski, so who better to test it than the Brave Ski Mom, Kristen Lummis. This Colorado native skis 50+ days a year with her family in tow so she knows a thing or two about…

5 Ski Movies to Inspire Your Best Season Yet

Get Stoked with these Ski Movies. The skis are tuned, the bags are packed and now you're waiting for the snow to fall. Here are five flicks to inspire you for the upcoming season. 1. Tight Loose Teton Gravity Research celebrates their 21st birthday with the release of Tight Loose showcasing the company’s classic style of…

Add Yoga to Your Ski Fitness Routine

Improve Flexibility and Overall Fitness. Skiing is a dynamic sport. So a fitness routine designed to prepare you for ski season typically focuses on strength and endurance. But other components, including flexibility and effective breathing, are just as important, and become even more crucial as you age. To improve flexibility, while improving overall fitness, there…

Prep Your Ski Gear for Winter

4 Tips to Get Ready for the Season. The temperature is dropping and winter is around the corner. Now is the time to make sure you’re prepared for your best season yet. Start with a work-out plan will help you stay injury-free and ready to ski till to last chair . Next, make sure your…

Getting Prepared for Ski Season

Six Exercises in Six Weeks. Skiing is a sport that offers its greatest rewards for those prepared for its rigors. That's because skiing isn't just letting gravity pull you down the hill. It's a full-body workout. The reality of skiing is this – The more fit you are, the more you'll enjoy being on the…

Top 10 Spring Skiing Events 2016

2016 Spring Mountain Festivals and Events. Spring brings warmer temperatures and great skiing conditions; it also brings out a party atmosphere in the mountains. Although there are many good times to be had, here are 10 of the of the best spring skiing events and festivals in North America. March 12-March 27: Park City, UT Spring Grüv…

First Aid Advice for Skiers and Riders

What You Need to Know Part 2: Altitude, Impact and Dehydration. To continue our coverage on first aid tips for winter sport related ailments, we look at some not so uncommon problems and useful tips to avoid injury, and provide slope-side assistance. Remember, it is always best to seek professional medical help. But if you're in…

First Aid Advice for Skiers

What You Need to Know Part 1: Prevention and Frostnip? A few years back, my wife and I were riding a quad chair at Sugarloaf in western Maine, and I started chatting up the young snowboarder sitting with us. It was a bitterly cold day – full balaclava weather – and when Lauri, a medical…

Skiing Advice for Adult Intermediates

How to Ski Ice, Steeps, Trees and More... Sometimes the most daunting obstacle facing adult skiers is simply getting started. It takes a certain measure of courage, fitness, and sense of adventure to hit the slopes once our athletic prime is in the rear-view mirror. But the next big obstacle often comes when a beginner gets…

Powder Trekker Review – TheSkiDiva.com

Kulkea's Powder Trekker ski boot bag is “The best one yet.” After a long quest for the best boot ski bag, The Ski Diva’s (TSD) journey concluded successfully with Kulkea’s Powder Trekker.  The feature rich, durable and comfortable bag earned, “two ski poles (way) up” from the avid skier's discerning eye and appreciation for quality ski gear. TSD’s…

Skiing Advice for Adult Beginners

Learning to Ski as an Adult. One of the enduring attractions of skiing is that it's a true lifetime sport. I've seen folks well into their 80s getting out on the hill, having a grand time. There's simply no good reason, short of severe orthopedic restrictions, why you should have to retire your boards and…

How to Get Kids Excited for Ski School

Insider Tips for Parents. For parents who ski, it can be one of the most challenging aspects of a winter retreat. You've invested some serious coin in a weekend getaway, ponying up for a condo, lift tickets, rentals, etc. You even signed the kids up for ski school, knowing that a few lessons will not…

How to Save Money Skiing

More Green for the Hill. Skiing has never been inexpensive sport. But over the past few decades, the cost of hitting the slopes has spiked. The reasons are myriad, including energy costs, insurance costs, and a more demanding customer base. The latter causes a sort of vicious financial cycle, where customers want more because of…

Boot Trekker Review – Gearist

"The Boot Trekker Made My Season So Much Better." In his recent review of Kulkea’s Boot Trekker, Brandon Wood from Gearist.com was super impressed with the skier friendly features, performance and the ruggedness of the ski boot bag. “Building a piece of gear that can check all the boxes – and then some – on…

10 Ski and Snowboard Etiquette Tips

How to Avoid Being "That Guy" on the Slopes. Anyone who has spent any time skiing or snowboarding has had the inevitable, and often embarrassing, etiquette issue arise. I've had two memorable experiences in my four decades on the mountains. The first came at Sunday River in Maine. I was on my snowboard, cruising along…

Spring Skiing – How to Stay Comfortable

Prepare for Shifting Temps and Conditions. Ah, spring. Is there any single word that evokes so much promise for skiers of every stripe. From diehard powderhounds to weekend warriors, spring conjures images of breathtaking blue skies, dazzling sunshine, and some of the best conditions of the season. Of course, spring can have a nasty side…

Powder Trekker Review – Girls’ Life

They Tried the Ski Boot Bag that Hauls All. Girls’ Life Magazine (GL) put the Kulkea Powder Trekker ski boot bag to the test. In the hands of their resident ski instructor, Amanda, Girls’ Life discovered the beauty of the Powder Trekker and its Intuitive Packing System. “Before getting the Kulkea Powder Trekker boot bag,…

How to Find the Right Ski Partner

Looking for a Ski Partner? Choose Wisely. Skiing is undeniably a social sport. After all, it's the original "the more, the merrier" winter pastime. That's why ski clubs can be such a blast. But the truth is a ski outing with the wrong mix of people, or simply the wrong attitude or wrong set of expectations,…

10 Tips for Skiing with Children

Smart Tips when Skiing with Kids. Those idyllic scenes and enjoyable moments of family skiing are yours for the taking. With a little planning and preparation you can avoid the pitfalls. Here’s a short list of what it takes. Ski a Family Friendly Mountain - There is a mountain out there for every skier. Find a…

Best Choice Ski Boot Bag

Kulkea Powder Trekker Named Editors' Choice by OnTheSnow In only its first season the Kulkea Powder Trekker ski boot bag received the 2015 Editors’ Choice from OnTheSnow! The Powder Trekker was developed over the last several years based upon the ingenious design, high quality and extensive feature sets that skiers have come to expect from…

Teaching Kids to Ski

Six Tips on Teaching Your Kids to Ski. Skiing with children can provide some of the most fun, memorable and exciting family times. The question is how to get your family to that point? Do you teach them yourself or leave it to the pros, and what’s involved? Parent Teaching vs. Ski Lessons - The initial…

Bag of Tricks: Key Ski and Snowboard Accessories

Other Necessities and How to Pack them for the Slopes. Most skiers and snowboarders will keep the "big" items in mind when packing for a day on the hill. Things like skis, boots, helmet, layers, gloves, goggles, wallet, and mobile phone are all pretty standard. But oftentimes, it's the "little" things that can make or break…

Family Skiing

The Right Stuff for Family Skiing. Experienced ski parents know that family skiing starts with having the right gear, apparel and accessories. Hitting the slopes under-prepared isn't only frustrating, but can be very costly when you have to buy necessities at the Mountain. Here are a few tips to help your family have stress-free fun on the slopes.…

How to Buy Skis: Tips from an Insider

Finding the Right Skis for Your Style. Skis have changed dramatically in the past two decades. I recently dug out my classic K2 KVC Comps – pearl white with neon pink highlights – and my first thought was: How did I ever ski on these beasts? And the fact is, I loved those skis. Which…

How to Buy Ski Boots: Tips from an Insider

Get the Ski Boot That's Right for You. Admit it. When you start thinking about new purchases for the upcoming ski season, your thoughts wander right over to those new-fangled skis, don't they? How many of us give serious thought to our boot choice? Even the legendary Lange ads – who can forget the classic…

Getting Ready for the Ski Season

Recommendations from an Expert. For those of us who dream of jumping out of bed at the crack of dawn for first tracks, ski season can never get here soon enough. Yet there are times when the season sneaks up on us, catching us ill prepared for the rigors of the slopes. Dr. Bojan Zoric is…

Big Pack Well-suited for Big Wheels

Boot Trekker for Your Cycling Gear, Too For powderhounds who can't jet to Portillo, Chile, to satisfy their incline appetite, summer can seem like true dog days. But a quick attitude adjustment and two wheels can open a world of summer fun. And Kulkea's Boot Trekker can help. Cycling – either road or mountain bike…

How to Store Ski Gear in the Off-Season

Clean, Preserve and Store Ski Gear Together As we close out another ski season it’s nearing time to prepare and store ski gear for the off-season. Just as cars require the oil to be changed or a grill needs cleaning and covering for the winter, ski gear requires preventative maintenance and proper off-season storage. By…

The Ski Boot Bag That Holds Everything

Men’s Journal Reviews the Boot Trekker. The Men’s Journal Gear Lab got their hands on the Kulkea Boot Trekker and gave us an “over-the-top” review.  Hugely impressed, Greg Emmanuel, Men’s Journal Editor, said the Boot Trekker is, “the most thoughtfully designed ski boot bag we have ever used, this durable backpack has a solution for…

Boot Trekker – A Favorite Ski Boot Bag

Boot Trekker Reviewed by The Brave Ski Mom. Colorado native, Kristen Lummis AKA The Brave Ski Mom, recently added the high quality Boot Trekker ski boot backpack to her favorite gear list.  Lummis, a 50+ day a year skier, noted that the Boot Trekker, “stands alone in terms of efficiency” and is a premier piece of…

“Best Ski Boot Bag Ever” – Palmer Hoyt on the Boot Trekker

Palmer Hoyt Endorses KULKEA's Boot Trekker. We were thrilled when asked about the Kulkea Boot Trekker, Palmer Hoyt Professional skier, Author and Coach said, "It's the best ski boot bag ever!" Palmer went on to explain, "Equipment is so important to skiing. Having a Kulkea ski boot bag that carries such a huge volume of gear and…

NASTAR 2013 Championships Sponsor

KULKEA, maker of spacious and organized ski boot bags is proud to sponsor the 2013 Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships.  The event will be held on March 20 - 24, 2013 at the Aspen Snowmass Resort in CO.  1,300 Avid skiers of all ages from approximately 45 states will compete for national titles in various divisions…

Boot Trekker Review – SKI Magazine Stuff We Like

KULKEA’s Boot Trekker a "Fave for this Season" In their online article, Stuff We Like: Boot Bags - No matter your needs, these boot bags deliver, the good folks at SKI Magazine provided another great review for the KULKEA Boot Trekker.  In the article introduction, it's clear that Berne Broudy has lived through some of the same challenges KULKEA ski…

Smartphone of Ski Boot Bags – Boston Expo 2012

Thanks to all who came out to the 2012 Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo! Kulkea had another fantastic showing with overwhelmingly positive response to our innovative Ski Boot bags and backpacks. It was amazing to watch the reaction from people when they saw the all in one Ski Trekker on display.  Those who stopped to watch…

Ski Trekker & Boot Trekker – Boston Globe Review

"Ingenious" Must Have for the Slopes. The Ski Trekker and Boot Trekker were reviewed by Kari Bodnarchuk, long-time skier and writer for the Boston Globe.  In her article, 8 must-haves for the slopes Kari shared our enthusiasm and understood the utility of the All-in-one ski and boot bag, "Kulkea’s ingenious new bag, the Ski Trekker, was created by a Westwood dad who understands…

Ski Gear Checklist

What You Need to Ski. Having the appropriate equipment, apparel and accessories can make all the difference. The wrong boot fit, poor quality ski pants or a disorganized ski boot bag can ruin a fantastic ski trip. Use our Ski Gear Checklist to make sure you have what you need. Printable Ski Gear Checklist (PDF)…

Prepare to Ski

10 Questions to Ask Yourself To prepare is defined as putting oneself or things “in proper condition or readiness.” Dictionary.com. If there is one sport that requires good preparation it is has to be alpine skiing. Other than snow covered mountains there is nothing more important than being prepared for a day on the hill.  The…

Ski Trekker Review on Tuckerman Ravine

Kulkea Puts Ski Trekker to the Test! We couldn’t resist. Although the Ski Trekker ski & boot bag was developed as a recreational skier pack to go from parking lot to lodge, we were dying to see how far we could push it. We had to give it the challenge of Tuckerman Ravine, NH, the birthplace of US backcountry…

Skiing in the 21st Century: Evolution

Evolution of Skiing A 21st Century skier can go downhill or alpine skiing with confidence like never before. What was once simply grabbing skis, poles, boots and a puffy winter jacket now involves sophisticated gear, apparel and accessories. Worrying about staying warm and dry or popping a knee has been replaced by the price, staying organized and getting…

Ski & Boot Backpacks Review – EpicSki.com

The folks at EpicSki.com also attended the SIA Snow Show in Denver and wrote a review on the Trekker series of Ski and Boot backpacks: "Kulkea's two initial products are the Ski Trekker, designed to carry both skis and boots, and the Boot Trekker, with a children's Boot Trekker coming soon. David Abramowitz, who owns…

All in One Ski Pack Review

The Ski Trekker received yet another positive review, this time on GearJunkie.com.  After checking out Kulkea's all in one ski pack,  Sean McCoy wrote a review calling out some of the great features and functionality of the Ski Trekker.  Sean realized that there was an undeserved need for the Ski Trekker as it, "solves a simple problem by…

Ski & Boot Backpack Review – Ski Trekker

As posted previously, Kulkea's debut of the Ski Trekker Ski & Boot backpack at the Denver SIA Snow Show brought many positive comments.  After the show, Brian O'Connor at KineticShift wrote a review of the Ski Trekker.  He too understands the challenges skiers face, "The rush of getting to the slope sometimes means that your…