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Ice Safety

How to Stay Safe on the Ice

“Thick and blue, tried and true. Thin and crispy, way too risky.”

Before going out on any frozen water, whether it’s a small pond or a larger lake, you should always check the conditions beforehand. Never assume the ice is safe. Here are some quick tips from the New Hampshire Fish and Game for staying safe on the ice.



Minus33 Partners with hikeSafe Program

What is hikeSafe?


hikeSafe, along with the Hiker Responsibility Code, was developed as a joint program between the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (NHF&G) to create and develop a Mountain Safety Education Program – the first of its kind – for New Hampshire.



US Luge Team members Erin Hamlin, Emily Sweeney, Summer Britcher, Tucker West, Chris Mazdzer, Matt Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman will participate in a conference call from PyeongChang

German luge team owns Oberhof as Americans leave with a pair of 7th place results

Britcher in singles and US relay team both 7th on final day


OBERHOF, Germany – On a day of track records, Germany had the final say and left the two days of Viessmann World Cup racing with eight of 12 possible medals. The haul included victories Sunday in women’s singles and the concluding team relay presented by BMW.

USA Luge’s top results of the weekend occurred on the final day as Summer Britcher finished seventh in singles after occupying fourth place after one heat.

Minus 33 Algonquin – a wool shirt that keeps you cool

In all of my years of hiking I can think of only two shirts I’ve purchased specifically for my time on the trails. Both were long-sleeved hooded shirts purchased for sun protection (I am a bald guy, after all). When hiking in hot weather, I’ve always worn free shirts collected from various running races. This is because I am, ahem, thrifty, and figured it didn’t really matter what shirt I was hiking in because it would just get sweaty and stinky anyway.

USA Luge ends World Championships with team relay silver

3 medals at worlds is a US team best, topping 2009

Hamlin sets a new individual mark for US


IGLS, Austria – USA Luge ended the 47th annual World Championships Sunday in Igls with a silver medal in the team relay – its third at this event – and set a team record for most hardware collected at worlds. Its previous best was a pair of medals in 2009, including Erin Hamlin’s gold.

Winter Woolly Fat Bike Festival

February 11th 2017

Weather date – February 18th

Come join us for a day-long event encompassing the best the fat bike world has to offer. Working in conjunction with neighboring fat bike party starters MTBVT (you may know them from events such as Winterbike and Überwintern) the Highland event will be based largely on the MTBVT format with organized group rides, a demo loop, but with an H-land twist… DH laps, and a DH fat bike race!


Rafting trip down the Colorado River thru the Grand Canyon


Just returned from a winter (Dec/Jan) raft trip down the Colorado River thru the Grand Canyon. Stocked up on Minus 33 gear in preparation for this adventure. Trip was wet and cold as expected, and my experience was awesome. Your gear performed very well. I was particularly impressed w/ my expedition weight base layers – Katmai bottoms and Kobuk top. Wore these every day under my dry suit on the River and stayed comfortable w/out being too warm. Great quality – standing up to daily rugged use for our 19 day trip.

Tom Neely, member of first United States Olympic Luge Team, passes away

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – USA Luge was saddened this week to learn of the unexpected death of Tom Neely, a member of the first Olympic luge team at the 1964 Winter Games in Innsbruck/Igls, Austria.

Robert Thomas Neely, of Ketchum, Idaho, attended George Washington University and was 78 years of age when he passed away on January 18.

In a chilling coincidence, USA Luge and 26 other nations are currently at an updated Igls venue for the 47th International Luge Federation (FIL) World Championships, to be held Friday through Sunday.

Sprint Classic Race – Vail, CO

January 28 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

This event is hosted by the Vail Mountain School and USTSA.  The Vail Mountain School’s telemark program has been an excellent partner, hosting a weekend race for multiple years.

USA Luge to tackle 2017 World Championships this weekend at 2-time Olympic site

Jan. 23 press conference audio link with 7 athletes found below

IGLS, Austria – Outside the Olympic Winter Games, the annual luge World Championships is the most significant event on the sport’s calendar. The International Luge Federation (FIL) has now reached that point in the season, as the world meet will take place Friday through Sunday in Igls, Austria.


Members of the US Luge Team will participate in a conference call prior to the 2017 World Championships

USA Luge with 4 in top 10 of Latvia World Cup races

Mortensen/Terdiman led the way in 6th place, US women 7-8-9


SIGULDA, Latvia – The USA Luge doubles team of Matt Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman led four American sleds into the top 10 Saturday in a pair of Viessman World Cup races in Sigulda.

USA Luge takes silver medal in second Team Relay of the season

West leads US in singles race finishing 9th


KOENIGSSEE, Germany – USA Luge made it two team relay medals in two races this season when Erin Hamlin, Tucker West and the doubles team of Matt Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman combined forces Friday in Koenigssee for a silver medal in the Viessmann World Cup Team Relay, presented by BMW.

USA Luge with 3 World Cup top 10s in Bavarian snowstorm Women’s race shortened to one heat due to visibility, safety


KOENIGSSEE, Germany – USA Luge plowed its way through a Bavarian snow storm Thursday, and scored a total of three in the top 10 in World Cup doubles and women’s singles races.

The Viessman World Cup tour traditionally opens the new year in Koenigssee and Berchtesgaden to conclude the 12 days of Christmas, which attracts many spectators, skiers and snowboarders at this time of the year.

great smoky mountains national park

National Parks Road Trip

On my trip from my temporary home in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to my university in Rochester, New York, I made the most of the drive by camping at all of the National Parks on the way (and slightly out of the way). READ MORE

NH Winter Film Series 2016-17

The NH Winter Film Series is back! Minus33 is locally sponsoring along with Ragged Mountain, Smuttynose Brewing Co., Degan Media, Alpine Adventures NH, Whale’s Tale Water Park, The Mountain Club on Loon, and Plymouth Ski & Sports.

Kick off the winter ski and snowboard season with one (or more!) of the Film Series events coming near you. And as a bonus, admission includes FREE LIFT PASSES to Ragged Mountain Resort and Sugarbush Resort! We will be attending Warren Miller’s HERE, THERE and EVERYWHERE at the Flying Monkey on the 25th. Come hang out with us and NH Ski Star Dan Egan, who will be hosting that evening. And be sure to keep an eye out for our new commercial during the trailer reel!


Warren Miller Entertainment: HERE, THERE and EVERYWHERE

  • The Flying Monkey (tickets): November 25th, 4pm & 8pm
  • Jean’s Playhouse (tickets): December 30th, 4pm & 7pm


Classic Ski Movie Night: Throwback Films

  • Mad River Coffee Roasters (tickets): December 2nd, 7pm


Matchstick Productions: Ruin and Rose

  • The Flying Monkey (tickets): December 29th, 7pm


USA Luge Minus33 Official Supplier

USA Luge and Minus33 announce partnership

As of August 1st, Minus33 is proud to announce that we are now an Official Supplier of Team USA Luge! Minus33 will provide these athletes with our merino wool socks under a 4 year agreement. Check out what USA Luge has to say: