Ski Touring Reading List: The Best Books for Backcountry Skiers

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The Best Backcountry Ski Books for Pure Pleasure

Top Pick – Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America

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Fifty Classic Ski Descents was put together by Chris Davenport, Art Burrows, and Penn Newhard. It details fifty incredible ski lines in North America with just enough pictures, statistics, and write-up to get your heart pounding.

The book that inspired Cody Townsend’s The Fifty Project, this is the ultimate coffee table book for skiers and ski mountaineers. The only problem is that if you’re in North America, it probably includes a handful of lines in your zone, and you may become obsessed with some of them.

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Backcountry Ski Ropes: The Best Touring and Ski Mountaineering Ropes

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Whether you’re ski touring in glaciated terrain, attempting serious ski mountaineering objectives, or just want a little bit of extra safety just in case, a rope can be an invaluable tool in your arsenal.

There aren’t many ropes specifically geared towards ski mountaineering, but with rope technology constantly increasing, these lifelines are constantly becoming lighter and thinner – and therefor easier to justify carrying around.

If you’re looking for a rope to bring out for glacier travel or on ski mountaineering adventures, take a look at some of our favorites below.

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10 Full-length Ski Movies You Can Watch Free on Youtube

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Are you too much of a ski bum to pay to watch ski movies? Need some Youtube entertainment to get your fix after a night of apres? Tired of short clips and want to watch full-length films instead?

Fear not. We’ve found the best ski movies available for free in full-length on Youtube for your viewing pleasure.

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Win a $1000 donation to POW and some of Michelle Parker’s favorite gear!

Winter is here, and to share our excitement, we’ve teamed up with pro skier Michelle Parker for an epic giveaway!

The winner will get a signed 11×17 print of Michelle schralping steeps in Tahoe, a $1,000 donation to POW, and some of Michelle’s favorite gear from Backcountry Ski Maps, HANAHBlack Crows SkisArcade Belts, and Darn Tough Socks!  

To enter, head over to the contest page and submit your entry before December 20th, 2019.

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Lake Tahoe Backcountry Skiing 101: Trimmer Peak

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Route Overview

Trimmer Peak

Starting Elevation: 6,500ft

Summit Elevation: 9,915ft (but most stop at 9,100ft)

Cumulative Elevation Gain: 3,300ft for one lap, including the skin back up to the saddle

Distance Covered to top: 2.5mi (plus another 0.5mi to return to the saddle from the bottom of The Elevens

Description: Trimmer offers relatively uncrowded skiing on some of the best glades around South Lake Tahoe.

The map included on this page is an approximation with only some routes included. Our full, high-accuracy maps of ski routes around Lake Tahoe are available here. Maps are available in both paper and downloadable format.

Intro

Trimmer Peak is an overlooked gem of the Lake Tahoe backcountry. When the snow levels are low, a trip out to Trimmer can be incredibly rewarding – it has amazing views of the lake, great open skiing in The Elevens, and fun, featured glade skiing on the lower slopes.

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Lake Tahoe Backcountry Skiing 101: Rubicon Peak

Route Overview

Rubicon Peak

Starting Elevation: 6,250ft

Summit Elevation: 9,183ft

Cumulative Elevation Gain: 2,950ft

Total Distance Covered: 2mi

Description: Rubicon Peak is one of the true gems of the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. Perfectly spaced glades allow for excellent backcountry skiing, while a north-facing aspect and stunning views of the lake further add to the allure.

The map included on this page is an approximation with only some routes included. To purchase the full, high-accuracy map with many more ski routes around Rubicon Peak, the West Shore, and more, click here. Maps are available in both paper and downloadable format.

Intro

Rubicon Peak is a storm-day paradise for Tahoe area skiers looking for powder. Situated at the north end of the West Shore peaks, Rubicon is just a smidge less tall than neighboring Jake’s, but it packs a punch of its own when it comes to tree skiing.

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Lake Tahoe Backcountry Skiing 101: The Peter Grubb Hut

Route Overview

Peter Grubb Hut

Starting Elevation: 7,200ft

Summit Elevation: 7,800ft

Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1,025ft (800ft there, 225ft back)

Total Distance Covered: 5.8mi

Description: The Peter Grubb hut is a quaint, accessible Sierra Club Hut just off of Donner Pass. With easy access to Castle, Basin, and Andesite Peaks, this 15 person hut is a great introduction to overnight ski touring.

The map included on this page is an approximation with only some routes included. To purchase the full, high-accuracy map with many more ski routes around the Grubb Hut and the surrounding peaks click here. Maps are available in both paper and downloadable format.

Intro

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The Grubb Hut nearly buried in a big winter

The Peter Grubb Hut (more commonly known as just the Grubb Hut) is one of four Sierra Club huts in the Tahoe backcountry. Located in Round Valley nearby Castle Peak, the Grubb Hut is the most popular and easiest-to-access of the Sierra Club huts.

The Grubb Hut was constructed in 1939 as a memorial to Peter Grubb, an avid outdoorsman from San Francisco who died at age 18 of unknown causes at the age of 18 while on a cycling tour of Europe.

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Lake Tahoe Backcountry Skiing 101: Mount Tallac

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Route Overview

Mt. Tallac

Starting Elevation: 6,300ft

Summit Elevation: 9,735ft

Cumulative Elevation Gain: 3,475ft

Total Distance Covered: 6mi

Description: A true Lake Tahoe classic, a descent of Mt. Tallac is a right of passage for local backcountry skiers. With stunning views and a variety of terrain – glades, bowls, couloirs, and extreme descents – all just a short jaunt off the road, a descent of Tallac should be on every local skier’s list.

The map included on this page is an approximation with only some routes included. To purchase the full, high-accuracy map with many more ski routes on Tallac and the surrounding peaks click here. Maps are available in both paper and downloadable format.

Intro

Tallac’s summit views are not too shabby

Mount Tallac is the crown jewel of Lake Tahoe backcountry skiing. No peak in the area can rival this lakeside giant for variety of terrain. Add in stunning views of the lake, reasonable access, and relatively long runs, and you can see why this peak sits atop the wishlist for nearly every backcountry skier in Tahoe.

Tallac has enough terrain on it to satisfy even the hungriest of backcountry skiers. Bowls, glades, couloirs, extreme descents – it’s got it all.

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The Definitive Ski Documentary Must-Watch List

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Not too long ago you would’ve been hard pressed to find a well-produced ski documentary worth watching, but with the proliferation excellent skiers and filmers, the ski documentary genre has experienced some big growth in the last decade.

We’ve assembled this list of the top ski documentaries around so that you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the cream of the crop.

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