Bike Ski Rack

Ready to go carbon-free with your skiing commute? Here are some tips for attaching a ski tube to your rear bike rack. My ski carrier requires a standard rear wheel bike rack and rest of the parts are very easy to obtain from your local hardware store.
You will need to get these items from the hardware store: a two foot section of PVC 6″ pipe and 5 car hose clamps. I found the 2 foot pipe pre-cut at Lowes. Get the thinnest walled pipe grade possible and perforated if available, all in the interest of a light piece of pipe. Two of your hose clamps must fit around the 6″ pipe. Position them near the top and bottom of your pipe. The other three clamps can be much smaller and are used to connect the pipe to the rear rack stays. Position your smaller clamps according to rack design. I used two small clamps through the top big pipe clamp and one small clamp through the bottom large pipe clamp.
Lastly, you are going to need something to keep your skis tails from hitting the roadway, use a pipe cap or in my case, I made a netted cap with some nylon sling. As ski bindings come in all shapes and sizes, make sure they will fit into your pipe ski rack. In some configurations, I have seen a bike with two attached pipes. Total cost is about $20. Make sure to position your pipe on your rear rack, so your heel has adequate clearance while pedaling.
FYI: I also have a Kenda Klondike studded snow tire on my front wheel which has worked really well. No crashes yet this winter.

Coastal BC

This gallery has some skiing pics from British Columbia’s Coastal mountains taken during the last week of January 2010. Vancouver and Squamish locals guided me to some of their awesome backcountry terrain. Pics include the Garibaldi-Diamond Head area, and the Whistler and Blackcomb backcountry areas. These areas are accessed from the top of the in-bound chairlifts. Thanx to BC skiers for their hospitality and awesome turns.

Wanted: British Columbia Powder Whore

Does this work for you?
Does this work for you?

I have the week of Jan 31-Feb 6, 2010 at a small hut in British Columbia. It is accessed via snowmobiles. The week price is $USD 850 (plus, you have to get yourself up there).  You must reach Revelstoke, BC by Saturday night, Jan 30th. You must be a strong backcountry skier (Tele or AT). The week includes one guide/cook. You might be asked to drive a snowmobile occasionally. It is a very different and unique Canadian hut experience, and in my mind, the best powder to cash hut value in the Canadian Selkirks.
January 9th update: Rod reports 18″ this week. Two blue-bird powder days. High avalanche danger on the north sides, so they skied mostly south faces. No rain problems like Montana.
Pics from first week of January 2010. More snow coming next week.
Update January 29th: Two slots open as of today. Lisa broke her leg two days ago. She is really hoping you will take her slot, so her hut deposit can go towards her hospital bills.