Mike Alkaitis

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Guide Gear Review: Scarpa Freedom RS Ski Boot Review

The new Freedom RS ski boot is the new stiffer version of one of my favorites, the Freedom SL. This new addition to the Scarpa line stands out immediately as it is bright orange and you can’t miss it. Besides…

Spring Ski Mountaineering Considerations

Spring is upon us and the best big line skiing time is here. I love spring skiing and all the possibilities it brings. You can skin in the morning, climb and golf in the afternoon, and then BBQ in the…

Winter Gear Wish List

It is that time of year again. A time when the snow is just beginning to get good and Thanksgiving is behind us. What better than to pick a few items we all would love to receive for the holidays….

Finding the Joy in Skiing with the US Snowboard Team

Finding the Joy in Skiing with the US Snowboard Team – by Mike Alkaitis Last week I had the pleasure of skiing with a few members of the US Snowboard Halfpipe Team (Coach Rick Bower and riders Matt Ladley, Gretchen…

Why Have Straight Tails On Your Skis?

It is a question I have heard for some time. Why have straight tails on your skis? The usual answer involves creating snow anchors while ski guiding. Well, I have a new answer because of an adventure I had last…

Sidecountry and Slackcountry Skiing Thoughts:

It is a growing trend in skiing from my perspective to see people out sidecountry and slackcountry skiing. I will simply use side country from here on out as I cant quite figure out the difference between the two. When…