Author: Jason Mitchell

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jason quickly developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 -- sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.

This year, Ellsworth scrapped the Aeon brand for their single-pivot sister bikes: Joker and Isis. Both the Joker and the Isis are now officially Ellsworth bikes. The Joker competes directly with the Santa Cruz Bullit in the big hit, single-pivot market — where it excels is in its stiffness and surprisingly light weight. The single-pivot design uses what’s called Anti-Torsion, Lower forward pivot, Active Suspension or ATLAS. The Anti-Torsion refers to the beefed up swingarm pivot that eliminates any torsional movement. The Lower forward pivot is where the pivot is located, thus finding what Ellsworth feels is the ultimate placement…

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Ellsworth is one of the premier US mountain bike manufacturers. Everyone drools over their aluminum works of art, and on the trail, you just about have to beat away onlookers with the bar-ends you keep in your back pockets for just such an occasion. The Id is a brand new bike, splitting the difference between the super-solid Dare, DH machine, and the Truth, a svelte cross-country racer. Using the same rear triangle technology, the Id accomplishes near-zero bob for efficient climbing, yet remains active enough to help you motor up difficult sections. Going downhill it is just as capable, with…

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Rocky Mountain Bicycles is a mid-sized bike manufacturer out of British Columbia, Canada that has been turning out quality, near-custom rides for over 21 years. At Rocky, they build dependable and durable bikes built to withstand both North Shore abuse and the non-abuse of the average consumer. Something that stands out at Rocky Mountain is that everyone at the company takes deep personal pride in every bike that leaves their factory. So much so, they stamp every frame with the words “Built in Canada.” Rocky Mountain Bicycles are not made or manufactured–they are “Built.” Finishing touches like impeccable powder-coat paint,…

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I have had the Suunto Vector for a little over 2 years and it has become a total part of my skiing and mountain biking adventures. Tracking my total ascent and descent during a ride or a ski day has become a daily challenge to top my buddies or myself. At first I didn’t have such a loving relationship with my watch and I was a bit skeptical because of the watch’s enormous size… it’s HUGE. But, after all the questions die down and comments such as, “What are you wearing a hockey puck on your wrist for?”, stop flooding…

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Backcountry skiing has many inherent dangers, but so does walking down a busy street or commuting in rush hour traffic. Flirting with Mother Nature is never anything you’d want to place bets on. Just when you think you’ve got it dialed, she can let you know who rules this green earth. But, it is possible to travel safely in the backcountry and live a long life of untracked powder. The key to backcountry longevity lies in education, equipment and friends. Every time we hit the backcountry, I feel in awe of nature… its beauty and its unchecked fury. That’s a…

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Email is great. Meg Ryan is in a movie about it, so it’s got to be good. The best part about email is planning ski trips. In a matter of seconds, I can send a message to all my bros and they know exactly what I mean. Our killer day at Snowbasin Ski Resort happened because of one short question in an email I sent out. The message was simple and clear, it read: “The Basin… Saturday?” That’s all I needed to say and everyone knew exactly what to do. Snowbasin Ski Resort is a lesser-known resort about an hour…

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Friends and I actually motivated about three months ahead and planned a mountain bike tour of the Kokopelli Trail. Our crew had three couples; Robin and Heather our team leaders, Kevin and Anne, and my husband Chris and I. Heather volunteered to drive sag wagon, and I can’t say enough how much we all appreciated this generous gesture. Each day at the end of our ride she met us, like an angel, with our tents pitched and a fire burning. We chose to follow the sections as outlined in our guidebook1, and rode 25 to 35 mile sections per day…

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This ski season has been less than stellar for the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. We’ve seen little snowfall and warm temps be the norm… until now! Yes, it’s April, but winter isn’t done yet. Those unfamiliar with Utah winters may not know that April is typically the best month for pow along the Wasatch Front. Deep bases and low crowds ensure short lift-lines and deep, untracked pow when Mother Nature decides to dump five feet of the white fluff. This week was one of those weeks. The sky just kept puking and puking. Day after day, the snow kept piling…

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Twelve-Thirty, as we like to call it, is a long, treeless, open run just outside The Canyons Ski Resort boundaries. Short hikes outside the access gates reward you with killer bowls, natural terrain features, chutes and drops. Two years as a ski instructor at The Canyons, I learned one thing-when there’s no lessons, we go OB (out of bounds). OB at The Canyons opens a new world to an already sizeable and varied inbounds offering. During the winter of 1999, Kendall Card and I spent much of our spare time hiking OB. We hiked and skied lines with untracked pow…

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Canada… home of maple syrup, loonies, high-rise apartment buildings, Frenchies, red, white and beer eh?, and best of all, British Columbia. Whistler-Blackcomb is consistently rated the best ski resort in North America–we went to the Great White North to see why. Oh yeah, the Canadian National Freeskiing Championships happened to take place the same weekend. We left our cozy beds in Seattle around 4 am to make it to Whistler in time to ski a full day. We blazed north through the early Saturday morning mist and fog. We kept telling ourselves, “Only two kinds of people wake up this…

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My only experience with the ringleader of the freeskiing world was pretty darn funny. It was last January in Blackcomb at the Canadian Freeskiing Championships. We were doing laps in the park as the competitors started to assemble for the slopestyle competition. As I was riding up the lift, near the top, I spotted Shane skiing down towards the park. I thought to myself, “That was Shane McConkey!” I was so stoked to be a part of the whole comp and document it for FeedTheHabit. I made my way down to the first table where Brigham and a couple of…

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Lake Tahoe, California… er, I mean Nevada—whichever you prefer. I think Lake Tahoe, California sounds much nicer. Mainly, Nevada conjures up thoughts of families gambling away their life savings in one weekend. Honestly, casinos are sickening—why can’t we think of better places to spend our money, like funding useful projects and helping people make something out of themselves. Oh, wait—I’m writing about mountain biking in Tahoe, not gambling. My first trip to Lake Tahoe was the summer of 1999 with a good riding buddy, Jason Hunt. Everyone calls us “Les Deux Jason,” but I prefer to call Jason Hunt “The…

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