Category Archive for "Norway"

#TBT (Throw-back Thursday) — Spring in the Norway Backcountry

I remember skinning, and suddenly hitting a patch of grass. As I rounded the corner—my skins sopping through the ground’s moisture with each swoosh of my skis—I realized it would be a while before we hit snow again. And so, off came the skis and the hiking began. Photo credit: Chloe Vance Our expedition to arctic Norway last year was marked by summit climbs, gorgeous weather, ferry rides through the fjords, and incredible scenery. It was one of the most peaceful places I’ve ever been—and to experience the natural beauty of Scandinavia on skis, summiting peaks throughout the Lyngen Alps…

Knowledge is Powder; Thoughts after Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2014

January 27, 2014

Growing up, I was immersed in the retail industry. My mom owned a women’s clothing store and I would tag along on her buying trips to Chicago. While I made small talk with her vendors, Mom would be thoughtfully rifling through next season’s goods to stock the shelves of her shop 9 months in advance. This careful process resulted in a successful small-town business. Her success is the inspiration for my earning a bachelor’s degree in Retail. (I also earned one in Journalism, for reasons I’m guessing are pretty obvious.) So after I moved west, I left the traditional “Fashion”…

So you want to teach your girlfriend to backcountry ski; 10 tips to prevent a total meltdown

December 3, 2013

So you’ve got your avalanche certifications, you’ve skied tons of times with your buddies, and you feel confident in your ability to navigate avalanche terrain safely. But what your off piste experience is really lacking is your girlfriend/wife at your side, right? Er, don’t take her to the snow just yet… while I don’t claim to know everyone’s “bonding style” in the backcountry, I have learned that men and women tend to have different styles on the snow. Based on my experience with my husband, and the steep learning curve he gave me, I’ve developed a few ideas about what it…

5-Star Travel on a Budget, Busby Style

One of the most common questions we get is, “How do you afford all your travel?” For starters, we work with a lot of rad sponsors/partners that believe in what we do. Secondly, we SAVE. Like it’s our job… because, well… it is our job. We forego things at home in Montana so that we can add more to our travel fund. Those new jeans you see on sale? To us, those jeans represent a night at an authentic Moroccan kasbah this February. When we drive our veggie oil-fueled VW Golf into Glacier National Park, we take the money we would have…

Plaid: The Official Uniform of Outdoor-minded Folk

My first memory of my wife (Mollie) before we started dating was the outfit she wore on our first official meet up. We met at a funeral of a young boy named Jesse (full story here); I had flown out to Wisconsin mid-winter to give his eulogy. A day after the funeral, I had a run in with Mollie while I was still in Wisconsin. She was wearing a red plaid shirt that instantly caught my attention. (She tells me now that the pattern is called “gingham.”) I took keen interest to this shirt and of course to Mollie. A…

Unwinding the daily grind

When you spend two weeks above the arctic circle, cooking meals over camp stoves, sleeping in the same room as four others, and busting your ass up and down mountains every day, the return to reality is a shocker. If three days of travel back from Norway wasn’t a punch to the nuts, the return to the “daily grind” certainly was. The whole trip, I tried to soak up life without work, without conference calls and without email. I actually got to a point where I’d made such a point to get away that I feared the return to reality. But…

Norway Expedition Part 2: Skiing! Amongst other things…

When people ask, “Why Norway?” my answer is simple: To ski! But I’m not sure I made it clear exactly how much skiing we’d be doing on this trip. We’ve been in the Lyngen Alps for five full days so far, and we’ve backcountry skied all five days. I’m happy to report I’m blister-free (*knocks on wood*) and happy to earn my turns in the amazing weather we’ve had! Before I get to some photos, worth noting is that a few days ago, Cassie tweaked her knee and Andy developed some gnarly blisters on both feet. They sat out a…

Norway Expedition: Part 1 — Getting acclimated to life in the fjordlands

After an epic journey to get to Norway (see our Instagram for photo documentation of each leg of the trip), we finally arrived on Monday evening—er, Tuesday morning… best of all? It was still light out. In fact, there’s sunlight pretty much 24 hours a day up here above the Arctic Circle. Make it easy to stay up late! During our stay, we’re experiencing life in Norway from our home base at Camp Kviteberg, located on the outskirts of Lyngseidet, Troms. It’s the first time in a long time Sean and I have taken a trip where we’ve only stayed…

Off to ski with some Vikings

April 27, 2013

Tomorrow (Sunday), Sean and I are Norway-bound with a group of friends to ski/snowboard the Lyngen Alps–located above the arctic circle. We’re stoked to have three others joining in the adventure… heres a little bit about each so you know who we’re talking about for the next two weeks: First up, meet Chloe: Yep, that’s actually her in the photo. Chloe Vance is like the Sean Busby of Canada. Not saying she’s manly, but rather, like Sean, when it comes to skiing/snowboarding and pushing type 1 diabetes to new heights (literally), Chloe is bad ass. As the founder of Canada’s…