December 2010

Massif Fun | Skiing the Roans

By Randy Johnson | 17 Jan 18
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Guide to nordic and downhill skiing the Roans, skiing Roan Mountain and the surrounding area.

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Should hikers carry emergency locator devices like SPOT in the backcountry?

By BRO Admin | 20 Dec 10
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Chime in and you could win a Apple iPad courtesy Blue Ridge Outdoors and Subaru!

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Do you exercise mostly indoors during the winter?

By BRO Admin | 06 Dec 10
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Is it okay to occasionally feed wildlife?

By BRO Admin | 30 Nov 10
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The Iceman Cometh

By BRO Staff | 30 Nov 10
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Brave the Blue Ridge’s most bone-chilling boating race The Saluda Boyz (that’s right, with a ‘z’) boast nicknames like Big Time, On Time, BDK (big dumb kid), Rodeo Star, Blokhead, F’n Curtis, Scarby, Scoob and The High Priest of Downtime. These wild paddlers are the ambassadors of whitewater fun in the Southeast, and the epitome…

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Retaking the High Roads

By Eric Seeger | 30 Nov 10
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longboarders find their version of the perfect wave in the curves of high-end suburban decay Philip Aschliman knows a few good roads for longboarding. The one we’re standing beside is two minutes from downtown Asheville. It has no potholes and offers a consistent slope. The straightaways run about 50 yards before bending into two gorgeous…

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Ski Season Fitness

By BRO Staff | 30 Nov 10
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Quick Tips from Top Experts We all know the opening day feeling. You dust off your sticks, drop a full day’s pay on a lift ticket, and head for the hill with giddy excitement. But by mid-afternoon your legs are spaghetti—and fatigue sends you to the lodge before you’ve had your fill. Even if you…

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Ski Film Family

By Jedd Ferris | 30 Nov 10
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Father and son team provide the sounds for Warren Miller When it comes to indulging in ski porn, if the music sucks a snowball, it doesn’t matter how good the action is. Kim Schneider knows this. He’s edited stick flicks for ski film bard Warren Miller for 32 years. His job entails matching the right…

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Mud, Sweat and Gears

By Graham Averill | 30 Nov 10
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The dirt on cyclocross As soon as the whistle blows, you have to hammer, standing up on your pedals and sprinting from pavement to grass, trying to carry speed through the first set of sinuous corners. It’s a lot of high-speed grass riding and just trying to keep up with the guy in front of…

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Lookout Mountain, Alabama

By Jedd Ferris | 30 Nov 10
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‘Bama is more than just cotton fields and Gulf coastal waterways. The state’s portion of Lookout Mountain—which stretches into three states including Georgia and Tennessee—is a hidden treasure of stunning scenery. Alabama’s northeast corner features the tail end of the Cumberland Plateau, and the centerpiece of the underappreciated area is the vast 14,000-acre Little River…

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Best In Snow

By Graham Averill | 30 Nov 10
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John Dalen’s backyard is a backcountry skier’s paradise The front end of the snowmobile is held together with duct tape, which isn’t surprising when you consider the machine is at least 20 years old. It was “gently used” when Shawn Hash originally bought it in the ‘80s when he was a cat skiing guide in…

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Stylin’ the Slopes

By Graham Averill | 30 Nov 10
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Remember those awesome day-glo orange and turquoise ski jackets from the 80s? It made it easier for ski patrol to find you in an avalanche, but wear one of those jackets off the slopes and you’d look as out of place as Boy George at a monster truck rally. Luckily, ski apparel today is designed…

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Quiet Riots

By Jedd Ferris | 17 Nov 10
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Under-the-Radar Runs Sick of the shoulder-to-shoulder stampedes and endless sponsorship banners? Early winter is a great time to find running races without the crowds. Run at the Rock Burlington, N.C. • December 4 Run one or two laps on this tough seven-mile loop course at Cedarock Park in the North Carolina Piedmont. Hit the trails…

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Drink Seasonally

By Graham Averill | 17 Nov 10
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The Best Winter Beers Think local produce is the only thing that should follow the seasons? Think again. Craft brewers have a long tradition of introducing limited-run seasonal beers. Spring brings light and refreshing Hefeweizens; autumn means slightly darker ales flavored with pumpkin and other fruits and veggies in harvest; and winter means stouts—hearty, rich,…

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A Brief History of Plaid Shirts

By Jedd Ferris | 17 Nov 10
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Plaid shirts won’t die. They only continue to evolve. Disciples owe great thanks to the rebels of the Scottish highlands, who first donned the criss-crossed tartan on kilts in the seventeenth century, as a mark of clan identity. American factories (R.I.P.) started churning out the checkered patterns in pre-Civil War times, and through the years…

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