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.
Want to turbocharge your climbing abilities? We explain the 11 different types of climbing holds and how you can use them to send your next climb.
We explain the 6 different types of skiing: downhill, backcountry, cross-country, freestyle, ski mountaineering, and adaptive skiing.
Everyone makes mistakes, but how you correct them matters. Use these intermediate ski tips to fast-track your skiing development.
Wondering what size snowboard boots you need? Look no further! We break down snowboard boot sizing and include a size chart to help you get the best fit.
Getting into skiing can be overwhelming and scary. In this guide, we list 15 beginner ski tips to help you avoid the most common mistakes people make when starting out.
Considering skiing or snowboarding? We answer beginners’ top questions and compare skiing vs snowboarding so you know which is the better fit for you.
We highlight the 20 best ski resorts in the USA to explore this winter. Find the perfect resort for mellow slopes, steep terrain, & everything in between.
Learning how to get up after a skiing fall is an invaluable skill. We’ve got the best tips and advice to get you back on your feet right here.
Terrain selection is a big part of skiing. We break down ski slope ratings so you can ski to your heart's content without inviting injury to the party.
Skiing can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. We cover how much it costs to go skiing in 2023 and offer tips to make it more affordable.
Climbing is a broad sport with disciplines like single-pitch rock climbing, bouldering, and mountaineering. We break down the different types of climbing.
Bouldering and rock climbing are very different styles of climbing with different goals. Discover the main differences between bouldering vs rock climbing.
Do new skis need to be waxed? The short answer is yes. We explain why and walk you through the process to wax your skis at home.
You need the right clothes for the weather to succeed at winter mountaineering objectives. We explain what to wear when climbing in the winter.
Freeride vs. all-mountain skis, which are better? For many, the question pops up regularly. Don’t worry; we have the answers you seek.
Backcountry GPS apps can make a huge difference for backpacking, climbing, and mountaineering. Here are the 7 best free and paid hiking GPS apps.
Track your ski stats, check avalanche conditions, and plan your next big ski day with the best ski apps available today.
Snow climbing is an essential skill for mountaineers and backcountry skiers. We explain how to climb steep snow slopes with confidence.
Thinking about learning how to snowboard? It’s not as hard as people think! Here are ten things beginners need to know before hitting the slopes.
Staying safe in avalanche country means carrying a shovel, beacon, and probe and knowing how to use them. We explain the essential avalanche safety gear.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ski mountaineering blends skiing, rock climbing, and mountaineering. Find out more about ski mountaineering and learn how to get started.
COVID, and too much screen time, have helped worldwide depression levels skyrocket. Find out how hiking and mountaineering can help.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Everest isn't just the highest mountain in the world – it's also the deadliest. In this data-driven report, I explain why climbing Everest is so deadly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These 10 mountaineering documentaries feature some of the greatest alpine feats of all time and offer inspiration to get into the mountains.
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.
We explain everything mountaineers need to know about how to self-arrest and climb steep snow slopes with an ice axe.
Store your climbing rope in a cool, dry place, and be sure to regularly inspect it before putting it away.