Best in 2017 Women’s Ski & Snowboard Gear

On the hunt for the best women's ski & snowboard gear coming up in 2017 at the 2016 Snowsports Industries America's on-snow demo days. Photo: Kersten Vasey   [Update 12/04/2016: 2017 gear is now available! Links updated for you. :) Happy winter! Originally published 2/9/2016] Our team spent February in Denver at the SIA Snow Show and at Copper Mountain for the On-Snow Demo [...]

OWA Reviews: Spark R&D Women’s Arc Splitboard Bindings

Spark R&D Women's Bindings Tester: Lizzie Lauman What: Spark R&D Women’s Arc Splitboard Bindings Where to buy: evo.com, rei.com, amazon.com Perfect for: frequent backcountry skinning and riding *Note: No gear or financial compensation was received for this review. The tester was asked to record her findings, positive and negative, when testing the bindings. At OWA, the aim is to only publish reviews on gear [...]

Injured: A Holiday Blessing

words and photos: Catherine Slater Our adventures started 24 hours later than planned after the Manchester airport ran out of de-icer. As John, my boyfriend, and I sat on the plane full of Norwegians, we couldn’t help but be a bit embarrassed. Compared to the crazy winters in Norway, our English weather was pretty mild, yet we still couldn’t take off. We were [...]

Building Character in Quebec: Ski Touring Monts-Valin

words and photos: Lindsay Kuczera Getaway is a word that can be interpreted in many ways. It could conjure up destinations of surf and sand, forests or summits. It could mean a fresh breath and perspective. And for some, it could mean struggle and willing to submit to pain. When seven of my friends and I headed into Canada’s boreal forest this winter, [...]

Unstoppable: Backcountry Skiing while Pregnant

words by Ryan Scavo; photos by Ryan Scavo unless otherwise credited When my husband and I shared our annual hut trip plans with friends and family, we were met with mixed reactions. My parents and in-laws thought I was crazy and urged me to “be careful” and “don’t overdo it.” However, our ski-crazed friends from back East called the hut managers and booked [...]

Into the Backcountry: Jones Snowboards’ Halina Boyd

Photo: Moss Halladay Halina Boyd and friends while backcountry snowboarding in Japan “There’s nothing like getting [into the backcountry] ... and taking ownership of [it]," says Halina Boyd, a splitboard athlete for Jones Snowboards, when asked about transitioning into the backcountry. Photo: David Bowers Boyd started skiing as a young girl in Tahoe, California but switched to snowboarding when she was 10 years [...]

Ode to Pre-Season Shenanigans (And My Sisters on Snow)

  Pre-season found me in my tiny kitchen, clutching a pair of skis like a microphone stand and lip syncing with my roommates to the 80's Pandora station blaring through the speakers.   It wasn't until we sang and danced ourselves into exhaustion, a mess of gear strewn over couches and shelves in the wake of our madness, that we actually got to work. We sifted through [...]

Summer Skiing in the Cascades: A Photo Essay

Words and photos: Radka Chapin In Washington, deep snowpack and generally cool spring temperatures make it possible to enjoy skiing year round. The days are longer, warmer and sunnier. Powder transforms into corn and terrain is easier to access as roads resurface from winter’s covering. Inspired by a trip report from a local hiking forum, my husband and I set out on an exploratory tour [...]

When Winter Came Late: Skiing Washington Pass

Washington State is generally known for deep snowpack in the Cascade Mountains and the Olympic Range. This year, that wasn't the case. Mediocre and, in some areas, record-low snowpack left most skiers grumpy and unsatisfied. Those of us determined to find snow somewhere carried skis and boots on our backs up to higher elevations. This year, that meant up to the 4,000-5,000 foot elevation range. [...]

Coalition Snow: A Mission to Create a Sisterhood of Shred

Interview: Laurie TewksburyWords: Gina BéginCoalition snow is setting out to reach the hard charging woman in snow sports, following the idea that there is a gap in the in industry as it stands now in regards to women's gear. We explore this idea with Coalition Snow cofounder, Jen Gurecki. Pictured: Coalition Snow Ambassador, Jillian Raymond.Women's participation in adventure sports is growing rapidly — that's clear. For [...]