Insider Tips from a Life in the Mountains

Written by experts with years of experience in the alpine, our mountain sports guides offer valuable insight and teach lessons that can only otherwise be learned the hard way.

Whether you're just starting out or have several climbs or ski trips under your belt, there is always something to be learned from the experience of other likeminded athletes. We hope to offer that something to you here across a range of mountain-based topics.

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Deciphering Ski Slang: The Terms You Need To Know
Deciphering Ski Slang: The Terms You Need To Know

Have you ever wondered what skiers are talking about when they use terms like core shot, chunder, and tomahawk? Now you can, with our ski slang guide.

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Beginner Ski Tips: How To Ski The 5 Types Of Snow
Beginner Ski Tips: How To Ski The 5 Types Of Snow

You might be surprised to know there are 5 types of snow. Discover what they are and how to ski them safely with AlpInsider’s beginner ski tips.

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How Should Ski Boots Fit for Pain-Free Skiing
How Should Ski Boots Fit for Pain-Free Skiing

Want to ski without discomfort, blistering & bruising? Then you need to know how ski boots should fit. This handy guide helps you choose the perfect size.

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Ski Boot Size Chart & Fitting Guide (With FAQs)
Ski Boot Size Chart & Fitting Guide (With FAQs)

Our ski boot size chart will help you get the perfect boot fit for your feet so you can hit the slopes with comfort and power.

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Where to Buy Used Mountaineering Gear
Where to Buy Used Mountaineering Gear

Buying used mountaineering gear can save you money and help you get the equipment you need. We explain how and where to buy used climbing gear.

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How To Stay Warm in a Tent (19 Expert Tips)
How To Stay Warm in a Tent (19 Expert Tips)

With a few tricks, you can stay cozy and warm while camping even in the coldest conditions. In this guide, we’ll explain how to stay warm in a tent.

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Ski Boot Flex - How to Choose Yours (Chart Inside!)
Ski Boot Flex - How to Choose Yours (Chart Inside!)

Flex ratings are essential to understand when buying new ski boots. In this guide, we untangle flex and help you choose the right flex for you.

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What is Ski Mountaineering?
What is Ski Mountaineering?

Ski mountaineering blends skiing, rock climbing, and mountaineering. Find out more about ski mountaineering and learn how to get started.

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How Hiking and Mountaineering Can Reduce Depression
How Hiking and Mountaineering Can Reduce Depression

COVID, and too much screen time, have helped worldwide depression levels skyrocket. Find out how hiking and mountaineering can help.

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The Essential Rappelling Gear For Mountaineering
The Essential Rappelling Gear For Mountaineering

Having the right gear is essential for safe rappelling. I explain what you need to rappel in the mountains and why each piece of gear is important.

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Ice Climbing Gear Essential Checklist
Ice Climbing Gear Essential Checklist

Headed out for a grand ice climbing trip? Check this list to make sure you’ve got the ice climbing gear you need to have a successful adventure.

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Ice Climbing for Beginners: The Ultimate Guide
Ice Climbing for Beginners: The Ultimate Guide

Ice climbing is a fun way to climb through the winter and an essential skill for advanced mountaineering routes. Our ice climbing guide will help you get started.

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The Ultimate Ski Trip Packing Checklist
The Ultimate Ski Trip Packing Checklist

Going out for your first ski trip? We put together an easy packing checklist to help you remember everything you need for a great day of skiing.

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Snow Camping Guide: How To Camp On Snow
Snow Camping Guide: How To Camp On Snow

Learn how to make camp in the snow and stay warm through the night when mountaineering and backpacking. We explain everything you need to know.

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Why is Climbing Everest So Deadly?
Why is Climbing Everest So Deadly?

Mt. Everest isn’t just the tallest mountain in the world. It’s also one of the deadliest. I explain why climbing Everest is so deadly for mountaineers.

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How to Start Mountaineering: The Essential Guide
How to Start Mountaineering: The Essential Guide

Learn how to make the jump from hiking to mountaineering, what gear you need to move safely in the mountains, and how to find mountaineering partners.

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A Field Guide to Tent Repair
A Field Guide to Tent Repair

Mountaineering and backpacking are tough on your tent. We explain how to repair common issues like ripped tent fabric and broken tent poles in the field.

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The Benefits of Mountaineering in a Post-COVID World
The Benefits of Mountaineering in a Post-COVID World

Mountaineering has physical, mental, and emotional benefits, and it’s easy to get into. I explain why mountaineering is the perfect sport after COVID-19.

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How Much Water Do You Need for Hiking and Mountaineering?
How Much Water Do You Need for Hiking and Mountaineering?

We explain how much water you need to drink while hiking and mountaineering, how to carry it, and how to refill your bottles on the trail.

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The 9 Best Mountaineering Documentaries Streaming Right Now
The 9 Best Mountaineering Documentaries Streaming Right Now

These 9 mountaineering documentaries feature some of the greatest alpine feats of all time and offer inspiration to get into the mountains.

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Mountaineering Food: Lightweight, Delicious Fuel for Your Trip
Mountaineering Food: Lightweight, Delicious Fuel for Your Trip

How much food do you need to bring for a mountaineering trip? We explain how to plan your food while minimizing weight and maximizing calories.

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How to Use an Ice Axe – The Beginner's Guide
How to Use an Ice Axe – The Beginner's Guide

We explain everything mountaineers need to know about how to self-arrest and climb steep snow slopes with an ice axe.

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How to Store Climbing Rope - The Beginner's Guide
How to Store Climbing Rope - The Beginner's Guide

Store your climbing rope in a cool, dry place, and be sure to regularly inspect it before putting it away.

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