SKIING IS JOY.
Mallorie Estenson is a Pacific Northwest based guide and writer. She’s probably skiing at Snoqualmie Pass now.
Better Days in the Backcountry: Know Before You Go
Did you know that you can preview your tour using GPX tracks imported to Google Earth? I find that this is a great way to get a clearer mental model for new terrain. Read more
Better Days in the Backcountry: Aligned Partnership
The secret sauce to great days in the backcountry is alignment with your partner. Read more
Better Days in the Backcountry: A series
A series about how to have more fun on each of your tours. Read more
Become a More Savvy Backcountry Traveler: FOR FREE
I was recently introduced to the idea of becoming 1 percent better each day by the extraordinarily savvy Rob Coppolilo. If you get 1 percent better each day and you go out 30 days in a season, you could be 30 percent better by the end of your season! That’s huge! Read more
Mallorie’s Nepal Beta: Trekking, Ama Dablam, Lobuche
For my first Himalayan foray, I wanted a route that was inspiring but known. Ama Dablam is exactly that. My primary goal with this trip was to learn about how to get around, how to manage expedition logistics, to learn what resources were and weren’t available to me. Read more
Glacier Peak Ski – Cool Glacier Headwall Solo: Mountain Yelp Review (5 Star)
I spent the majority of the ascent in a cloud and wrapped up in my thoughts. Just as I got to the col, the sun popped, god smiled down upon me and if there were animals on the mountain they would’ve started singing like something out of Snow White. Read more