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Whiteface Ski Mountaineering Classic

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Whiteface Ski Mountaineering Classic

 The Mountaineer and Whiteface Mountain are combing forces to unleash the Inaugural Whiteface Ski Mountaineering Classic! This is a benefit event, all proceeds from the Ski Mountaineering Classic will be donated to NYSEF and The Keene Valley Ski Club.

When: Sunday March 12th 2017

Where: Whiteface Mountain Located on Rt 86 in Wilmington, NY

Registration: We will offer registration the day of the event but we prefer (for planning purposes) to Please call the Mountaineer to pre-register 518-576-2281

Start Time: 7AM The green flag drops and you’ll start the 4+ mile course!

Cost:$60 per participant. Fee includes uphill pass valid through the end of 2018

 Demos and Casual tour info click here

Course details, rules and regulations click here

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Backcountry Ski Fest 2017

Skifest 2017



Registration is OPEN!

Call The Mountaineer to register!


Click here for additional info.



The 15th Annual Backcountry Ski Festival will be held on March 4th and 5th, 2017 in Keene Valley, NY. We’re happy to announce that our guest athlete, Zahan Billimoria, will be joining us from Patagonia and Exum Mountain Guides for the weekend! For more info on SkiFest click here






Blue Lines 2: An Adirondack Ice Climber’s Guide




Commence screaming and jumping up and down! The second edition of Blue Lines by Author Don Mellor arrived in The Mountaineer this week! A long-awaited moment by many local and visiting ice climbers finally came to fruition just in time to build the psych up for our 21st Annual Mountainfest and the general Adirondack ice climbing season. Mellor’s second edition doubles the amount of routes of its predecessor, Blue Lines. Blue Lines 2 takes the story of this region even further, describing the explosion of new, big, back country climbs in Panther Gorge along with the discovery of dozens of new and exciting climbing areas such as Hayes Mountain, Hoffman Notch, West Canada Cliff and the popular Silver Lake area. The back country climbing in the Adirondacks can be a true adventure . Take a read through Blue Lines 2 to get a taste of the secrets we house here in the vast Adirondack Park! HAPPY CLIMBING! Purchase Blue Lines 2 here

The Scarpa Phantom Tech



Chuck (who has been at The Mountaineer for 32 years!) says this about the Phantom Tech: “We’re very excited about this update from Scarpa on this classic mountain boot! Check out the new features and newly designed stiffer, lighter fit. The boot is warmer than its predecessor (Phantom Guide). Not all updates are good but this a update worth checking out. The built in gaiter is essential to keeping your feet dry and warm which allows for you to concentrate on your climb and not your frozen toes” Scarpa says the redesigned zipper allows for all day comfort and takes the thought out of pressure points. Stop in or call us if you want more info on this ultra classic mountain boot! For purchasing info click here.

The Future In Ski Mountaineering



The Dynafit TLT7 Performance is a revolutionary design. Coming out of the European corner and weighing in at just over 1,000 grams, this evolutionary boot has the widest and highest volume fit in the TLT series. For those of you that have struggled with achieving the ideal fit in the TLT5 or TLT6, this could be be YOUR ruby slipper! The new low profile buckle allows for a tighter pant around the ankle and diminishes the chance of snags while boot packing  and or climbing. The Speed Nose creates a shorter length by moving the toe inserts further back and allows for a more natural stride which translates into less up-hill resistance. The boot shell on the TLT7 is comprised of lightweight Titanex fiber upper and a Titanex Lambda frame for maximum downhill performance.  You’ll see these boots on the feet of many local skiers and guides this winter!  Feel free to call us with any additional questions or click here for more info.