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Why You Need to Prepare for Your Hike

I have been learning how to hike for a few years now. I know it may sound silly to learn how to hike, but there is so much more to hiking than throwing on a pack with some granola bars and water in it and setting off to find the best views the mountains have to offer. There is a lot of preparation and research that has to be done in order to assure you did everything possible to be prepared and return safely.


Oula with Minus33

Each Wednesday in small-town New Hampshire, I teach a booty shakin’ sassy, and sexy dance fitness class called “Oula.” The playlist is loaded with popular music with artists like Pitbull, Nicki Minaj, David Guetta, and Elle King…But unfortunately for me even if my dance moves are on fire, so is my body….and not in a good way. You know those girls who say “I don’t sweat, I sparkle?” Well, I am not one of those girls, I just straight up sweat. Like a lot. It’s hard teaching a sexy class when I feel very un-sexy! I mean, how am I supposed to channel my inner Minaj when I look like I was caught in a water-balloon ambush?


Biking Los Angeles

West Coast

I recently made the jump from the east coast to the west, and have just settled in the beach city of Santa Monica, where I will be doing a bit more of the same: a little bar-tending, a little sailing, pursuing that dream of dreams, now in the City of Stars.

One thing that I’d heard over and over again from experienced Los Angelenos before I moved is: “You’ll need a car,” “You have to have a car,” “You definitely should get a car” …welp, I have been here for over a month now, and I have some news to share.

You don’t really need a car in Los Angeles.


January 2017: The Adirondacks to the Andes

January 2017 was a month of adventure.  I started the New Year snowboarding with friends at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, NY.  Temperatures hovered around 0 degrees Fahrenheit at the summit of the mountain.  Visibility was poor at times but it was still some amazing riding. After 4 days in the Adirondacks, I made my way down to Eastern PA to meet my girlfriend and fly out of Philly to volunteer in Ecuador.  Our nine hour layover in Atlanta gave us enough time to leave the airport and explore what the city had to offer.


Thermerino’s Maiden Voyage

I had a plan to hike Mt Willey on 01/09/2017. I wanted to hit the Tom/Field/Willey loop to bag all three 4000’ers but my hiking partner cancelled and I didn’t want to make that road trek back to the vehicle or be stuck hitching.

I had been waiting to get my grubby little hands on the new Minus33 Thermerino Jacket and finally pulled the trigger on it.  This was to be its maiden voyage.  I’ll admit, I was apprehensive of taken an unknown/unproven (to me) product into Crawford Notch when it was -10* out.  I own a heavier down jacket that I had been taking into the woods with me but was too excited for this jacket to leave it behind.  I opted to throw an extra, “heavy” top in my pack just in case.


World Telemark Day

March 5 @ 8:00 am5:00 pm

Planned for Saturday, March 4, 2017, the third annual World Telemark Day will be celebrated in the Northern Hemisphere, and by many telemark skiers at Grand Targhee Resort, WY.

Luge team berths in the offing with Norton-sponsored races in March

Olympic qualification period begins March 18-19 in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – With the end of the World Cup seasons for all levels of racers, USA Luge now turns its attention to Norton National Championships and seeding races for youth and juniors over the next two weeks at Mount Van Hoevenberg.

USA Luge 6th in Team Relay and 6th overall in tight World Cup chase

Hamlin 8th in last singles race and 4th in final tour standings


ALTENBERG, Germany – In a team relay event that could have gone any way for five nations, Latvia and Russia departed Altenberg Sunday with Viessmann World Cup crystal globes, while Austria, Canada and the United States were left to lament a close chase over the six events that came down to the final day.

Mortensen and Terdiman 2nd in Altenberg and 3rd in overall World Cup

ALTENBERG, Germany – The USA Luge doubles team of Matt Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman concluded the Viessmann World Cup season Saturday with a silver medal in Altenberg, Germany and finished in third place in the overall tour standings. It was the third medal (two silver, one bronze) in their third season together.

Breaking News

BREAKING NEWS……The USA Luge doubles team of Matt Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman concluded the Viessmann World Cup season today with a silver medal in Altenberg, Germany and finished in third place in the overall tour standings. It was the third medal in their third season together.

Karbon Telemark National Championships – Grand Targhee Resort, WY

March 2 @ 8:00 amMarch 5 @ 5:00 pm

This three day event (March 2 – 4) takes place at Grand Targhee Resort in Wyoming is open to all levels of Telemark skiers.  The event is being held at the same time as the Freeheel Life Big Mountain Telemark Competition and culminates in a World Telemark Day celebration Saturday, March 4.

winterbike 2017

Winterbike Fat Bike Festival 2017

Kingdom Trails and Mountain Bike Vermont have partnered once again for the 5th annual WinterBike Fatbike Festival, March 4. 2017 brings the largest Winterbike yet: more pedaling people, more groomed trails, more festivities, more fun!

Basic Registration for the event gives you access to the Kingdom Trails network and all Winterbike activities on Saturday including group rides, fatbike demos, lunch and beverages, music, fire, sugar on snow, games, race spectation, and swag!


USA 4th in Pyeongchang Relay; Mazdzer 12th in singles

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – USA Luge finished fourth in Sunday’s Viessmann Team Relay World Cup, presented by BMW, and is one of five teams in contention for overall silver and bronze medals when the tour reconvenes next weekend for the finals in Altenberg, Germany.

USA Luge doubles Mortensen/Terdiman 7th lead American World Cup effort in So Korea on day 1

Hamlin 10th in pre-Olympic race; Germans clinch doubles, women’s WC titles

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – For most of the field gathered at next year’s Olympic venue, the number nine might as well be snake eyes.

In fact, the critical turn on the 2018 Olympic luge, bobsled and skeleton track has been dubbed “Dice Roll” by United States doubles slider Anthony Espinoza. Rightfully so, as it took many sleds in the Viessman World Cup doubles and women’s singles races out of contention Saturday. Those who got through the left hand corner cleanly, or relatively unscathed, were rewarded.

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.