Cross Country Skis – Algonquin Outfitters – Your Outdoor Adventure Store http://algonquinoutfitters.com Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:41:22 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 Swix Waxing Clinic http://algonquinoutfitters.com/event/swix-waxing-clinic/ http://algonquinoutfitters.com/event/swix-waxing-clinic/#respond Sat, 06 Jan 2018 22:50:52 +0000 http://algonquinoutfitters.com/?post_type=ai1ec_event&p=46177
When:
January 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Where:
Algonquin Outfitters - Huntsville, 86 Main St E, Huntsville, ON P1H 2C7, Canada

Welcome to the Swix Canada Waxing Clinic The Swix name, born in Norway from a line of only five waxes, has grown to the leading brand that spans from simple universal waxes to complex chemistry’s...

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Welcome to the Swix Canada Waxing Clinic

The Swix name, born in Norway from a line of only five waxes, has grown to the leading brand that spans from simple universal waxes to complex chemistry’s that champions swear by, and all the gear needed to make the most of them.

Join Algonquin Outfitters and special guest and Swix rep, Bryan Aller. With over 30 years of professional waxing, we are excited to share the inside scoop on all the best waxing techniques and practices.


Swix How to Wax and Brush

Five time NCAA Division 1 All American Andrew Wagner walks you through step by step how to wax and brush your alpine race skis using Swix products.

 

Swix XC Sport New skis 2 0

 

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When:
January 28, 2018 all day
Where:
Arrowhead Provincial Park , Arrowhead Provincial Park, 451 Arrowhead Park Rd, Huntsville, ON P1H 2J4, Canada

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Muskoka Loppet 2018

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Learn to Ski with Arrowhead Nordic Ski Club 2018 http://algonquinoutfitters.com/learn-ski-arrowhead-nordic-ski-club-2018/ http://algonquinoutfitters.com/learn-ski-arrowhead-nordic-ski-club-2018/#respond Fri, 01 Dec 2017 01:00:46 +0000 http://algonquinoutfitters.com/?p=51322 Learn to Ski with Arrowhead Nordic Ski Club at Arrowhead Park in Huntsville, Ontario.

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Programs for the 2018 Season

The Arrowhead Nordic Ski Club offers programs for almost all ages, abilities and motivations.  You have several options if you want to register for these programs.  Please go to our program registration page to find out how!

Arrowhead Nordic Ski Programs

A summary of all club programs can be found in our general program brochure.  Also, we have created a summary of program locations and times for your reference.  Additional program information is provided below.  For each program, the coordinator name is listed.  Any program questions can be sent via e-mail to: webmaster@arrowheadnordic.ca

Please note: funding is available for children’s programs via KidsSport Ontario and Children’s Foundation


Fischer Nordic Skiletics Videos

 

Salomon TV Videos


For Children

Cross Country Canada’s Skill Development Program provides three levels of skier development opportunities for children – Bunnyrabbits, Jackrabbits and Track Attack. The overall objective of the program is to assist children in the development of a love of the outdoors, a healthy lifestyle, excellent technical skills and a good level of physical fitness within a sport environment.

Jackrabbit Program – Program Coordinator: Trish Wendell

Jackrabbits

Bunnyrabbit Program (4-5 years) is designed to introduce cross-country skiing through organized activity and active play. Children make ski friends, develop fundamental movement skills and have fun!

Jackrabbits (6-10 years) is designed to teach basic cross-country ski skills (both classic and skating),  help children develop confidence, provide children an opportunity to ski and socialize with their ski friends, instil a lifelong interest in the sport and have fun. Each level includes an enrollment kit, a poster that provides a comprehensive record of the young skier’s ski career and award stickers to chart the different levels of achievement.  Fruit, hot chocolate and cookies provided every week!

Bunnyrabbits and Jackrabbits run for 8 Saturdays or Sundays typically beginning the first week of January and are taught by qualified instructors. Choose from Saturday morning or afternoon classes, or Sunday morning classes.

Equipment Selection Guidelines for Jackrabbit

Selecting Classic Pole Length

Track Attack Lynx – Program Coordinator: Holly Strictland

Track Attack Lynx is a program for ages 9-12 who are new to skiing and have not participated in Jackrabbits in the past (or completed Jackrabbits Level 4) but would like to begin developing their skills. This program will serve as a link between Jackrabbits and Track Attack for those who would like to join the sport in a less demanding environment than Track Attack. This program will begin from the ground up, providing beginner training and skill development so that the athlete may join Track Attack as soon as their skill level allows and no longer than one season after they begin the program.  Track Attack Lynx starts with Jackrabbits in early January and will run from 10-12 on Saturdays for 8 weeks.

Track Attack

Track Attack is a 3 year program that builds on Jackrabbit training. Lessons run on Saturdays with optional Tuesday nights throughout the winter season. The Track Attack athlete will develop confidence in all aspects of the sport in either recreational skiing or racing (the focus is up to your child). Skills are developed through games, play, and direct instruction. Prerequisite is Jackrabbits Level 4 or Lynx.

  • Before the snow – training sessions to be announced.
  • Winter – Saturdays 10-12 or 1-3

For Youth

Arrowhead Race Centre Team

The ARC program enables skiers to improve their fitness and skiing in order to compete in cross country ski racing This group trains year round and includes weekly off-season training sessions, training camps and biweekly on-snow instruction. It is designed for athletes interested in racing at the Ontario Cup or Masters Cup levels, but is also suited to skiers wishing to compete in friendly loppets and younger athletes who are considering racing at higher levels but are not quite ready yet. Athletes have access to roller skis, classic skis, slider mats and roller boards. Coaching and waxing support is provided at O-Cup races. Ages 11 to adult.


For Adults

Adult Ski for Fitness – Program Coordinator: Steve Jones

This friendly, non-competitive class is for adults who want to improve their skiing and fitness at their own pace and level. (This is NOT a program for ―hardbodies‖ only!) Choose from classic or skate instruction, or both. You’ll also meet other skiers and have fun! Runs on Saturday afternoons.

Masters Program

Interested in a Masters Ski program for adults?  Masters skiing is generally for ages 30 to 90+!, but it is also open to young adults under 30 as well.

  • Program runs from fall to February
  • Training sessions are every Saturday morning
  • One training session per week with a coach
  • Ongoing communication and consultation

 Masters Training Program Structure

  • The Program includes:

Pre-season dry-land – conditioning (pole running, hill striding, roller skiing, strength, dynamic, balance exercises)

Skiing – practicing both ski techniques, race preparation, waxing, racing. Racing: coaching and waxing support but no waxes provided!

Roller skis for rent!

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Wonderful Winter Activities in Algonquin Park http://algonquinoutfitters.com/wonderful-winter-activities-algonquin-park/ http://algonquinoutfitters.com/wonderful-winter-activities-algonquin-park/#respond Tue, 07 Mar 2017 16:00:39 +0000 http://algonquinoutfitters.com/?p=46614 During family day weekend 2017, I spent my time in Algonquin Park attending the Winter in the Wild Demonstration portion of the event, displaying my hot tent.    It was a fabulous weekend and there were so many people in the park winter adventuring!  I spent some of every day checking out the trails and...

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During family day weekend 2017, I spent my time in Algonquin Park attending the Winter in the Wild Demonstration portion of the event, displaying my hot tent.    It was a fabulous weekend and there were so many people in the park winter adventuring!  I spent some of every day checking out the trails and area and was amazed at all the different things you can do in winter in the park.  Here are a few:

Hiking

Hiking can mostly be done year round in the park, unless the snow has not been packed down by previous attendees.  There are so many interpretive trails offered and many of them are open in the winter.  While visiting, I checked out the Logging Museum Trail, Spruce Bog and Peck Lake. I also spent some time on the Highland Backpacking Trail which you can get onto right from the Mew Lake Campground and the Railway Trail, also accessible by walking from the Mew Lake Campground.  Other trails that are open in the winter are Mizzy Lake , Bat Lake and Two Rivers Trails.  No matter your age or level of fitness, it’s easy to find a great trail to hike in Algonquin Park.

Snowshoeing

When the snow is new or the trails have not been broken in, or are very deep with snow or icy, exploring the park by snowshoe is a great way to check things out!  I love snowshoeing in the Park and you can do it almost anywhere there is snow.  There is no great skill required, just strap the snowshoes on, and off you go.  If you can walk, you can snowshoe and there is nothing more peaceful than walking through a fresh layer of white stuff, listening to the sounds of nature and exploring the area this way.

Cross Country Skiing

Algonquin Park is full of cross country ski trails for every skill level!  If you are winter camping at Mew Lake, you can ski right from the parking lot by the Mew Lake Airfield and you have a few options to proceed from there.  You can also drive to one of the many trails throughout the park and can find conditions listed here.   Many of the trails have hot tents set up, or warming stations, places you can stop for a snack or even make a hot lunch.  Cross country skiing is a great way to explore the park and cover a fair distance easily. Click here for more information on the ski and snowshoe trails, including maps and where you can rent gear!

Skating

Mew Lake Campground is host to an excellent skating rink located by the comfort station. It is created where the parking lot is in the other seasons.  The rink is taken care of by the amazing Ontario Parks staff and Mew Lake Campground hosts and as long as the weather is cooperating, the rink is maintained.  You will find a few shovels in case you feel like cleaning the snow off.  Feel free to play some hockey,  nets are provided in case you want to get a game of pickup going with some of your fellow campers or just go for a leisurely skate!  When you get tired or need a break, or are watching someone else having a skate, there is a hot tent and fire pit right beside the rink to help warm you up.

Fat Biking

While I was out snowshoeing, we ran across a very nice couple who were fat biking on the rail trail by Mew Lake.  They told me they had never done it before, but were really enjoying themselves and so far so good! If you haven’t seen them around, or don’t know what they are, fat bikes are basically a bike with really big tires, built for all terrain. I saw photos online last week of someone winter camping via fat bike with a fully packed toboggan in tow! How fun would that be to try out? Click here to check out places to fat bike in Algonquin,  and get rental information.

Dog Sledding

Believe it or not, there are people out dog sledding in Algonquin Park!  As we were returning to the parking area beside the airfield at Mew Lake, we ran into a couple who were on their way out to do just that.  There are two dog sledding trails located in Algonquin Park, The Sunday Lake Trail and the North Algonquin Trail.  The trails can also be used for skiing, snowshoeing, and skijoring (with dogs), but you must strictly obey the rules of the trails. If you are interested in dog sledding in Algonquin Park, there is a list of businesses on the Algonquin Outfitters dog sledding trails page that you can contact to make such arrangements.

Bird Watching

Many people flock to Algonquin Park to watch the birds!  Some birds that you might get to see are the gray jay, spruce grouse, boreal chickadee, blue jays, woodpeckers, nuthatches and winter finches.  There is a bird feeder located at the visitor centre which can be viewed, or you can attempt to feed the birds by hand, which is something we were able to do while at Mew Lake.  The airfield is a great place to visit with them, and I also noticed many at the Logging Museum Trail and Spruce Bog Boardwalk.  You’ll have them eating out of your hands!

Tracking tracks

One of my favorite activities to do in Algonquin in the winter is looking for tracks!  Even though the bears are sleeping (we hope), the park is full of many other creatures including but not limited to: deer, moose, martens, fishers, hares, otters, fox and wolves.  I have a track book I picked up at one of the Ontario Parks stores and I bring it along on all my outings. When I find some tracks, I check them against my book to see what made the tracks.  It’s amazing how many animals are walking around that you never see. In the summer, you think they’re around, but only in winter do you really know for sure by seeing the tracks they leave behind in the snow.

Photography

Another one of my favorite things to do in Algonquin Park year round is take photos.  In winter, there is something so peaceful and serene about the area.  The snow makes a very unique and cool backdrop for wildlife, vegetation, waterfalls and also can be an incredible subject all on it’s own.  One comment I receive continuously about most of my winter photos is the sky is so blue!  I still haven’t figured out if the sky is actually bluer, or if it just looks that way with the white snow contrasting it, but regardless, it truly does assist in making some great photos!

Winter Camping

My most favorite thing to do in the winter in Algonquin Park, which ties many of the things above together, is winter camping!  Car camping or yurting can be done at Mew Lake Campground. Both hydro sites and non hydro sites can be reserved upon arrival, however, if you are aiming to stay in a yurt, it’s suggested you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.  Backcountry camping can be done in many areas of the park except on designated summer sites.  It is recommended to choose a site that is sheltered and has a good amount of dead standing wood.  You must also ensure you are a minimum of 30m from any water source, portage or trail.

I’m sure there are many other winter activities you can do in Algonquin Park that I have yet to see. If you know of some others, or just want to share your experience from some of the ones listed above, please leave a comment or post a photo.  We’d love to see them!  If you have questions, need further information or require rentals, check out Algonquin Outfitters Rentals for further information.

I hope whichever activity you do, that you remember to pack some extra food and water and dress appropriately for the weather.  It is amazing adventuring and exploring in the wintertime, and even better if you are adequately prepared for your outing!

Camper Christina at Algonquin Park’s Winter in the Wild Festival 2017

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Winter Adventures in Arrowhead http://algonquinoutfitters.com/winter-adventures-arrowhead/ http://algonquinoutfitters.com/winter-adventures-arrowhead/#respond Sat, 18 Feb 2017 03:50:50 +0000 http://algonquinoutfitters.com/?p=46541 More Than Just A Skating Trail Arrowhead Provincial Park is a gorgeous place to visit in the wintertime. The park is located north of Huntsville and when the snow flies, there is no better place to spend the day adventuring. I used to hate the cold weather and winter, until I discovered how many amazing...

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More Than Just A Skating Trail

Arrowhead Provincial Park is a gorgeous place to visit in the wintertime. The park is located north of Huntsville and when the snow flies, there is no better place to spend the day adventuring. I used to hate the cold weather and winter, until I discovered how many amazing things there are to do in the snow! Arrowhead is host to many of those activities!

Saturday was my second time spending a snowy winter day at Arrowhead and I really enjoyed my time there both visits.  Arrowhead is a winter playground for all ages and experiences.  You can spend the day snowshoeing, tubing, cross country skiing, skate skiing, skating, or all of the above!!!  The rental office at the park rents everything you need, so if you are new to an activity, just rent the gear needed, and you are on your way!

Last year, I had bought a pair of snowshoes, planning on embracing my new found love of winter.  The sad thing is, in Niagara, where I lived at the time, winter did not arrive.  I found out about all the things you could enjoy at Arrowhead and planned a day to meet some friends there.  When I arrived, my friends were still a ways away, so I headed down the Mayflower Trail to test out my new snowshoes.

I was amazed at how gorgeous hiking trails can be in the wintertime. It was truly a winter wonderland and I enjoyed every minute of the trail.  It was well marked, so you can’t get lost and I found I was all alone on the trail.  Snowshoeing is as easy as walking with big shoes on and a great way to get outside and get some fresh air.  Anyone can do it and doing it at Arrowhead is a great place to start. They almost always have snow and if you don’t want to spend a huge amount of money on a pair of snowshoes just to see if you like it, you can rent a pair and test out snowshoeing here before making an investment in equipment.

After my friends arrived, we went out on a snowshoe trail together. It was just as magnificent as the trail I’d done earlier on my own, and I was astounded at how empty the snowshoe trails were, considering their great beauty.

Arrowhead Park Ski Trails MapSomething I have done very little of, is cross country skiing.  My very first time doing it, was actually last year at Arrowhead.  I headed to the rental office to rent my skis and with little instruction from my friend, who had skied a few times before, we were on our way.  I enjoyed it, but found it a bit difficult.

One of the main reasons my friends from Niagara came to visit this weekend was to go cross country skiing with me at Arrowhead.  Since, my first time, I had only skied one other time at Hardwood Hills about a month ago, so I was still fairly new to it. My friends also were not very experienced, but with some advice from an Arrowhead regular, we decided to take on the Arrowhead Lake Trail!

The Arrowhead Lake Trail is rated as moderate and is just over five kilometres long.  I was a bit worried about it, but, I actually liked it immensely.  When I skied here last year I did some of the easier trails and didn’t enjoy them as much.  They were beautiful trails, but, I think I needed a bit more of a challenge.  The Lake Trail was awesome!  My friends and I really enjoyed it and it was the highlight of my weekend.

The trail has a lot of hills and you go up and down quite a bit but for me, that was a lot more fun than just skiing on flat terrain.  It was also very scenic with beautiful bridges, views of the lake, and areas where you felt like you were in an enchanted forest.  Again, we were all alone and only saw 3 people the entire two hours we were on the trail.  It was like we had the place all to ourselves and it was truly amazing.

Both times I visited Arrowhead, I spent some time on the skating trail.  It is definitely a wonderful trail and seems to attract a large amount of people.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to skate on a trail that runs through a forest covered in glistening snow?  It’s magical to say the least.

When I was here last year, it had been on a Sunday, and it was fairly empty on the trail, but when I was there yesterday, which was a Saturday, it was extremely busy.

We spent quite some time waiting for just the right moment to take the photo on the right, (yesterday), but behind me, you can see the other skaters who had just passed.  In last years photo on the left, there are no other skaters and it was far less congested.  The difference a day makes!

Arrowhead Park

Arrowhead Park

We had an extremely good time skating at Arrowhead yesterday, and the trail was great. The surface is fairly smooth, well made, and everyone we came across on the trail was very polite. The only thing I would suggest to anyone going is to try and visit the skating trail during the non peak times. I was told that mid week the trail is far less busy, and the busiest day is Saturday.  I had fun skating there regardless, but there is something so peaceful about ice skating through a forest covered in snow.  It’s just a bit less peaceful when there is a large amount of people there at the same time.

If you decide to head to Arrowhead, I suggest you check out some of the other activities in the park, like snowshoeing and skiing, whether it be cross country or skate skiing.  I talked to a few people yesterday who told me they were only at Arrowhead to skate and didn’t know much about the snowshoe or ski trails.  Hearing that somewhat inspired me to write this post on a few alternative things to enjoy while visiting Arrowhead and how you can avoid the crowds.  Unfortunately, I have not had the chance to try the tubing hill as yet, but I can’t wait to give it a go.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my winter visits to Arrowhead. When you get tired or cold, there are firepits all over the park, as well as warming huts, where you can sit, have a bite to eat and shake off the cold before heading back outside to enjoy another adventure. I’m already looking forward to my next visit!  Hope you are as well!

Cool Things in Arrowhead Provincial Park

The above video was published on Dec 17, 2014
One in a light-hearted series of videos on cool things in Ontario Parks.
For up-to-date information on winter trail conditions at Arrowhead Provincial Park follow on Twitter @ArroPark .

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LEAF LAKE CROSS COUNTRY SKI TRAILS http://algonquinoutfitters.com/leaf-lake-cross-country-ski-trails/ http://algonquinoutfitters.com/leaf-lake-cross-country-ski-trails/#respond Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:29:51 +0000 http://algonquinoutfitters.com/?p=46193 As an avid canoe tripper, visits to Algonquin Provincial Park only happened for me in the summer. Never having visited the park in the winter, I was curious about the park’s winter cross country ski trail systems. After doing some research, I had 4 ski areas to choose from: Fen Lake, Leaf Lake, Minnesing, and...

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Leaf Lake Ski Trail MapAs an avid canoe tripper, visits to Algonquin Provincial Park only happened for me in the summer. Never having visited the park in the winter, I was curious about the park’s winter cross country ski trail systems. After doing some research, I had 4 ski areas to choose from: Fen Lake, Leaf Lake, Minnesing, and Mew Lake Railway. I chose to check out the Leaf Lake trails as they are the largest network, offering a variety of loops for all ability levels.

The 45 km groomed and trackset Leaf Lake cross country ski trail network is a cross country ski only trail in the East end of the Highway 60 corridor. You will need to arrive with your own gear (skis, poles, boots, wax)- rentals available from Algonquin Outfitters at Oxtongue Lake. If you have your own skis but forgot your wax and scraper, the East Gate has supplies along with a wax wheel so you can match the wax to the temperature (2km from trailhead). Also, make sure you pick up your day pass at the park gate. Current rates are $17/car.

Current ski trail conditions can be found here. There is also a list of open trails listed at the trailhead on a board with the date of the last grooming. Grooming accommodates both skate and classic skiing. We chose to do the 16km Pinetree loop, dubbed as the premiere trail in all of Ontario for experienced skiers. The rolling terrain is interesting in that it flows from moderate climbs to long fast downhills.  Downhill runouts are safe and non-technical. Trails are marked as Easy, More Difficult, and Most Difficult so skiers can select a trail that is appropriate for their ability level.

There are 3 rustic cabins along the way: Pinetree Cabin, Dee’s Cabin and Thistle Cabin. All have woodstoves (if you’re lucky, someone has started the fire before you arrive!), chairs, first aid kits, birdfeeders, outhouses, and enough room to lie down if need be. Between cabins the trails also have a number of outhouses, first aid caches, and scenic lookouts. Junctions are extremely well-marked and often include a full trail map with the ‘You Are Here’ arrow. Cabins also have trail maps inside them. I never once felt any worry navigating my way through the trails.

Before heading out, I would suggest packing a backpack with you on for on the trail. Items to include in your pack could be: Water, thermos, lunch/snacks, extra layers, cellphones (they work on the trails), camera, headlamp, map, small first aid kid, and survival gear.  The shortest loops are 5 km and the longest loop is 45 km, so one may expect to be out for hours. The Pinetree loop took 3.5 hours including lunch for my group. Pack a lunch and make a day of it!

If you want to make a weekend of your trip to the park, check out winter yurt accommodations at Mew Lake, or the plethora of lodging options on either side of the Highway 60 corridor in Whitney or Huntsville. Winter camping is also an option if you dare!

I thoroughly enjoyed my ski on the Leaf Lake trails and would highly recommend them. The trails are for the most part very sheltered, serene, and scenic. My only lasting thought is…..where is Leaf Lake???

More Information:

Leaf Lake Cross Country Ski Trail Gallery

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Krista Petrie-Wallace

Krista Petrie-Wallace

Krista is an outdoor education teacher in Renfrew County. When not introducing teenagers to the wildlands of Ontario, she spends her spare time adventuring all over Canada in both summer and winter pursuits, testing outdoor gear in the process. Read all about her adventures and reviews on her website below!

Website: www.kpwoutdoors.com

Twitter: @kristapetrie

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Nordic Waxing Clinic http://algonquinoutfitters.com/event/nordic-waxing-clinic/ http://algonquinoutfitters.com/event/nordic-waxing-clinic/#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2017 22:59:16 +0000 http://algonquinoutfitters.com/?post_type=ai1ec_event&p=46179
When:
January 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Where:
Algonquin Outfitters - Huntsville, 86 Main St E, Huntsville, ON P1H 2C7, Canada

Join us and John Cowan from the Huntsville Nordic Ski Team for this FREE public Nordic ski waxing clinic that will focus on grip waxing for the Muskoka Loppet on January 22nd.  

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Join us and John Cowan from the Huntsville Nordic Ski Team for this FREE public Nordic ski waxing clinic that will focus on grip waxing for the Muskoka Loppet on January 22nd.

Waxing Clinic

 

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The North Face Turning 50 http://algonquinoutfitters.com/north-face-turning-50/ http://algonquinoutfitters.com/north-face-turning-50/#respond Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:53:53 +0000 http://algonquinoutfitters.com/?p=44511 Behind The Brand We are named for the coldest, most unforgiving side of a mountain. We have helped explorers reach the most unfathomable heights of the Himalayas. But The North Face® legend begins, ironically, on a beach. More precisely, San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, at an altitude of only 150 feet above sea level. It was...

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Behind The Brand

The North FaceWe are named for the coldest, most unforgiving side of a mountain. We have helped explorers reach the most unfathomable heights of the Himalayas. But The North Face® legend begins, ironically, on a beach. More precisely, San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, at an altitude of only 150 feet above sea level. It was here in 1966 that two hiking enthusiasts resolved to follow their passions and founded a small mountaineering retail store.

Soon thereafter, that little shop became known as The North Face, a retailer of high-performance climbing and backpacking equipment. In 1968, The North Face moved to the other side of San Francisco Bay, to the unbridled possibilities of the Berkeley area, and began designing and manufacturing its own brand of technical mountaineering apparel and equipment.

Through the 1960s, The North Face brand cherished a following amongst avid outdoor athletes and began sponsoring expeditions to some of the most far-flung, still largely untouched corners of the globe. This launched a proud tradition which continues in full force today and constantly reinforces The North Face mantra, Never Stop Exploring™.

By the early 1980s, The North Face was taking exploration to the outer limits of the ski world, adding extreme skiwear to the product offering. These were the days of pastels, neons, hair dye, and mohawks; they laid the groundwork for today’s free-spirited snowsports athletes. By the end of the decade, The North Face became the only supplier in the United States to offer a comprehensive collection of high-performance outerwear, skiwear, sleeping bags, packs and tents.

The 1990s ushered in an era during which The North Face further broadened the outdoor world it helps athletes to explore. The decade saw our debut in the sportswear market with the launch of Tekware™, an innovative collection designed to provide rock climbers, backpackers, hikers, trail runners, and outdoor enthusiasts with the ultimate fit and function. The North Face half dome logo began to appear with greater regularity on ultramarathon courses, high-country trails, and big walls. And, as the calendar clicked toward a new millennium, The North Face launched its own line of trekking and trail-running shoes to ultimately address the head-to-toe needs of those always striving for the next horizon.

Now, 50 years after its humble grand opening, The North Face delivers an extensive line of performance apparel, equipment, and footwear. We push the boundaries of innovation so that you can push the boundaries of exploration. We remain deeply proud to be the first choice of the world’s most accomplished climbers, mountaineers, extreme skiers, snowboarders, endurance runners, and explorers.

There’s little telling what the next 40 years hold for us. However, there is one bedrock certainty: The North Face will maintain an unwavering commitment to pushing the limits of design, so that you can push your limits outdoors. Never Stop Exploring.

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Question Madness – 2016

A life lived outdoors has taught us to question preconceived ideas. What makes something crazy? What defines happiness? Who gets to tell us what to do? When do we listen? As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we believe that exploration matters now more than ever. It allows us to break down walls and create new paths forward. Following our curiosity is the clearest road to progress. #QuestionMadness – See more on our 50 years of Madness at www.thenorthface.com


LAB TESTED, EXPEDITION PROVEN, ATHLETE TRUSTED

It begins with our world-class athletes. Their suggestions, recommendations and new equipment ideas provide the inspiration and challenges that drive the research and development of advanced materials, innovative design and construction. The most crucial step involves testing both in our laboratories and with our athletes on expeditions around the world.

OUR RESEARCH, DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

The most crucial step involves testing both in our laboratories and with our athletes on expeditions around the world. Our athletes often recommend an innovation that’s outside the bounds of existing technology. The North Face® Research, Design and Development team accepts their challenges and turns to the laboratory for new fabrics and components. Our teams of designers and fabric technicians must turn those revolutionary raw materials into gear that maximizes an athlete’s ability to survive and succeed in the most severe weather conditions.

STEP 1: Research & Design in Conjunction With World-Class Athletes

Athletes who constantly pursue their own limits help us push the limits of apparel and equipment design and technology. The North Face® Athlete Team gives us constant feedback on the clothing and equipment they depend on for success and survival in their adventures. We hear from our athletes through gear evaluations and regular athlete input sessions.

STEP 2: Advance Material Research & Development

We partner with the world’s most innovative leading materials engineers to create the technically advanced fabrics needed to develop clothing and equipment that meet our high standards. For example, The North Face®, in conjunction with W.L. Gore, created the concept and helped to launch PacLite™ the most compressible, lightest weight GORE-TEX® shell fabric available – weighing only 3.2 ounces per yard. By adhering this new GORE-TEX® laminate to our proprietary, extremely lightweight nylon substrate, we succeeded in creating a shell material perfectly suited for the extreme lightweight requirements demanded in high-altitude expeditions.

STEP 3: Innovative Design & Construction

Exploring the frontiers of technology for better fabrics and components is only the beginning of the life cycle of a new piece of gear. A great example of this is our C130 Tent Test. Our entire tent line was tested against our competitors by placing them in back of a C130 plane. The plane’s four engines produce 13,000 ft/lbs. of torque and are capable of producing wind speeds in excess of 80 mph and unlike wind-tunnel tests, the propellers can create wind currents that are irregular and multi-directional. The results speak for themselves – our tents outperformed all the competition.

STEP 4: Laboratory Tested & Expedition Proven

We save the most critical step in our product development process for last. In addition to subjecting our products to a tortuous battery of laboratory tests, we send our apparel and equipment on extended athlete expeditions to learn how new products perform under the true test of the great outdoors. After receiving feedback, we refine each product until it receives approval from our world-class athlete team.

Crazy or Calculated: Angel Collinson

Published on Oct 17, 2016

A life spent in the mountains has allowed Angel Collinson to find an intense stillness of being in the most demanding of situations. What’s crazy about that? #QuestionMadness

Fear or Free: Alex Honnol

Published on Oct 17, 2016

Is freedom in life defined by what we own or what we do? Alex Honnold has been living on the road for most of his adult life, completely at home in climbing. #QuestionMadness

Obsessed or Devoted: Renan Ozturk

Published on Oct 17, 2016

Renan’s life and work are inextricably tied to the mountains. It’s where he creates, where he learns, and where he finds his truth. #QuestionMadness

Weirdo or Visionary: Conrad Anke

Published on Oct 17, 2016

Vision is taking your quirks and turning them into assets. Conrad Anker has tapped into the language of the alpine in a way few could experience. #QuestionMadness


Thermoball

THERMOBALL

THE NEW SYNTHETIC ALTERNATIVE TO DOWN

The North Face™ developed a partnership with PrimaLoft® to offer a new synthetic alternative to down. ThermoBall™ is a revolution in insulation technology. Unlike traditional, continuous-filament synthetic insulations, the small round PrimaLoft® synthetic fiber clusters closely to mimic down clusters; trapping heat within small air pockets to retain warmth.

BENEFITS

  • ThermoBall Collection features ThermoBall insulation technology
  • Lightweight
  • Phenomenal warmth in cold and wet conditions
  • Packs neatly into zipp pocket (not all styles pack into zipper pocket.)
  • Insulates even when wet

Flashdry

FlashDry

Sweat removal and temperature regulation

As a leader in the outdoor industry, The North Face® has developed innovative, proprietary fabrics to improve moisture management and temperature regulation during outdoor activity. FlashDry™ enables the user to stay drier, more comfortable and out performing longer in a wide range of weather conditions and environments. FlashDry™ doesn’t add weight or bulk.

BENEFITS:

  • Accelerates evaporation and keeps you dry
  • Most effective moisture management
  • FlashDry will never wash- or wear out
  • 100+ different products with FlashDry technology within our running, snowsports, climbing, and hiking apparel, baselayers, and accessories.

Dryvent

DryVent™

DryVent™ fabrics are engineered to be fully waterproof, windproof and breathable. The outer face of the textile is treated with a durable water repellant finish that helps form droplets and repel water from the surface. Each multi layered textile is engineered to allow water vapor to pass through from the inside to the outside.

DryVent™ fabrics are engineered in a variety, weights, textures and performance characteristics that allows us to provide maximum protection, performance and comfort for the user across all our active and lifestyle waterproof, breathable clothing and accessories.

All DryVent™ clothing and accessories are fully seam sealed and designed with specific features that are relevant to the user’s specific activity needs and conditions. All products that are fully taped, waterproof and breathable will be branded DryVent™.

Windwall

Windwall®

Wind Protection

WindWall® has proven a trusted year-round technology, as it shines as either a layering fabric or as a standalone outerwear in milder conditions.

Windwall® 1 fabric features a mesh liner and utilizes a unique fabric-bonding process that allows a limited degree of external air permeability.

BENEFITS 

  • Wind-Resistant Fleece with Mesh Liner
  • Drastically Reduces Effects of Windchill
  • Enhances Warmth and Comfort
  • Ideal for Climbing, Backpacking, and Hiking

WindWall® 2 features a gridded fleece liner for even greater insulation and utilizes a unique fabric-bonding process that allows a limited degree of external air permeability.

BENEFITS 

  • Great Insulation
  • Drastically Reducing Effects of Windchill
  • Enhances Warmth and Comfort
  • Ideal for Climbing, Backpacking and Hiking During Cold, Windy Excursions

We created the responsible down standard (RDS) to ensure that our down does not come from animals that have been subject to any unnecessary harm.

the-north-face-rdsThe North Face is committed to improving animal welfare and traceability in the goose down and feather supply chain. We created the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) to help to ensure that our down does not come from animals that have been subject to any unnecessary harm, such as force-feeding or live-plucking, and to provide a traceability system to validate the original source of down used in The North Face products. Certified down will be incorporated into our products starting in Fall 2015 with a goal of 100 percent certification by Fall 2017.

The North Face uses down in outerwear and sleeping bags because of its superior insulating properties and warmth-to-weight ratio. A couple of years ago, we became aware of the potential mistreatment of animals in the food supply chain from which we sourced our down.

We had been relying on self-declarations from our suppliers but it became clear that this was not sufficient. The down supply chain is very complex and the animals and raw materials typically change hands many times, making validation difficult. Due to this complexity, we were very deliberate in our development of the RDS and sought input from experts in animal welfare, standard development and materials traceability. A team from The North Face traveled to China and Eastern Europe to evaluate our supply chains in those regions. Because down can be sourced from small farms as well as large slaughterhouses, the team evaluated everything from hatcheries to family farms to processing facilities

We developed a standard that addresses the down supply’s diverse challenges by tapping the expertise of two key partners, Control Union Certifications, an accredited third-party certification body with expertise in agriculture and farm systems, and Textile Exchange, a global nonprofit dedicated to sustainability in the apparel and textile industry.

The North Face gifted ownership of the RDS to Textile Exchange, which will allow any organization seeking to source down more responsibly to use this tool. Adam Mott, Director of Sustainability explains that, “Our hope is that the collective use of the RDS will effectively promote positive animal welfare conditions and traceability in the down supply chain at a much larger scale than we could accomplish alone. We firmly believe that by driving positive change across the global supply chain, the RDS will benefit the industry at large.”


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Social Media Channels

RSS Website  – TheNorthFace.com
Facebook  – Facebook
Twitter  – Twitter
Instagram  – Instagram
Youtube  – Youtube
Pinterest  – Pinterest
Google Plus  – Google +

 The North Face Canada

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Muskoka Loppet http://algonquinoutfitters.com/event/muskoka-loppet-4/ http://algonquinoutfitters.com/event/muskoka-loppet-4/#respond Wed, 09 Nov 2016 14:35:22 +0000 http://algonquinoutfitters.com/event/muskoka-loppet-4/
When:
January 22, 2017 all day
Where:
Arrowhead Provincial Park, 451 Arrowhead Park Rd, Huntsville, ON P1H 2J4, Canada

The Muskoka Loppet a classic tradition Arrowhead Nordic Ski Club, with the help of our sponsors, Arrowhead Provincial Park, and many volunteers, welcomes you back!  Whether you are a racer, recreational skier, or fitness enthusiast,...

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The Muskoka Loppet a classic traditionArrowhead Nordic Ski Club

Arrowhead Nordic Ski Club, with the help of our sponsors, Arrowhead Provincial Park, and many volunteers, welcomes you back!  Whether you are a racer, recreational skier, or fitness enthusiast, why not take the opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty of Arrowhead in its winter splendour.  We hope to see you here!

Where: Arrowhead Provincial Park, Huntsville, Ontario
When: Sunday January 22, 2017
Registration: Register online at www.arrowheadnordic.ca – register online, by mail, or in person on race day.

Register before Sunday, January 15, 2017, 11:59 pm for early bird prices.
Online registration closes at 11:59 pm, Friday, January 20, 2017.
New: Please note that you can NOT register on race day this year. Everyone must register before Friday, Jan 20.

Bibs must be picked up by 9:30 am on race day.

www.arrowheadnordic.ca

2017 Muskoka Loppet at Arrowhead Park

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Lolë Active Wear Inspired by Well-being http://algonquinoutfitters.com/lole-active-wear-inspired-well/ http://algonquinoutfitters.com/lole-active-wear-inspired-well/#respond Fri, 04 Nov 2016 22:10:19 +0000 http://algonquinoutfitters.com/?p=44285 At Lolë, well being means a lifestyle inspired by the quest for balance between urban living and nature, and the pleasure of varied physical activity. Live Out Loud Everyday! With a genuine concern for people and products, the company offers innovative collections that are feminine and functional for urban women. Born in Canada, Lolë still...

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At Lolë, well being means a lifestyle inspired by the quest for balance between urban living and nature, and the pleasure of varied physical activity. Live Out Loud Everyday! With a genuine concern for people and products, the company offers innovative collections that are feminine and functional for urban women. Born in Canada, Lolë still entirely designed in Montreal, Quebec, Lolë clothing can be found of sale around the world, in various dealers like Algonquin Outfitters, in Lolë’s Ateliers and online.

Lolë was founded in Montreal Canada in 2002, Lolë has successfully succeeded the active wear market with our well-being concept for women. We create technical, versatile, feminine fashion apparel for active urban women. We promote well-being through a fun, healthy lifestyle.

“Live Out Loud Everyday” – Lolë

We’re committed to getting women moving every day.

Lolë Videos

 

The Spirit Behind the Brand

  • Lolë activewear, for those amazing moments
  • Lolë loves New York
  • A Day’s Inspiration in Barcelona
  • Lolë – A Yoga Journey to the Grand Palais

 

The Yellow Label Program

Lole Yellow LableLolë created the Yellow Label program as part of our commitment to socially and environmentally responsible consumption.

Over the holidays, Lolë will twinkle and shine with the magic of sharing. And you can get in on the glow by donating one of your gently used coats! We’ll give them a second life, sell them online and all proceeds will benefit a non-profit organization… and warm the heart of someone in need.

Get your coat Certified Yellow Label

The Yellow Label was created to certify that all coats donated are of good quality and in good shape:

  • Worn less than five years
  • Clean and freshly laundered
  • Not torn
  • All brands are accepted (men’s, women’s and kid’s).

Give and receive

Bring your certified Yellow Label coats to a Lolë atelier between December 12 and January 15. In return, we’ll give you a coupon for 35% off any Lolë item at an atelier or online until January 29.   Coats collected and certified Yellow Label will be sold on the Lolë website (lolewomen.com) to raise funds for those in need during the holidays.

Glow with the spirit of giving

Join us at lolewomen.com for our Yellow Label online store. Make yourself feel all warm and fuzzy inside by buying a Certified Yellow Label coat. All proceeds will go to Moisson Montreal in Quebec and Daily Bread in Ontario. When you make a purchase, you’ll receive 35% off any Lolë item. All unsold coats will be distributed at a shelter near our ateliers.

 

Warranty

At Lolë our mandate is to make clothes that allow every woman to be everything she needs to be. Clothes that feel good on your skin and fit your body beautifully. Clothes that give you the freedom to play outside and feel good inside. Clothes made especially so you can live your life in motion, and live out loud. Every day.

*We guarantee all our products against defects for one year from the purchase date. As our clothing is designed for their intended purpose and made to respect the highest standards in the industry, our warranty applies only to those defects that appear during the intended use of the product. If you find your product to be defective within a year of purchase, here’s the procedure;

 


Lolë Canada

please contact us at info@lolewomen.com or by phone: in the US: 1-800-250-5056; in Canada: 1-800-360-6724.

Social Media Channels

RSS Website  – LoleWomen.com
Facebook  – Facebook
Twitter  – Twitter
Instagram  – Instagram
Youtube  – Youtube
Pinterest  – Pinterest
Google Plus  – Google +

Lole Canada

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