Discovering the Alps

Mont Blanc massif, the highest range of the Alps, view from the Savoy side

The Alps are Europe’s most populous, highest, and largest mountain range. This mountain range is a collection of great mountain systems in south central Europe that form an arc 1200 km (750 miles) from the Gulf of Genoa to Vienna’s Danube River. The Alps formed between 23 million and 34 million years … Read more

Mountains Separating Antarctica Into East and West

the The Transantarctic Mountains in northern Victoria Land near Cape Roberts

The geography of Antarctica may appear perplexing at first. Much of Antarctica appears featureless and white from space, implying that there are few elements to guide you. It’s one thing to be aware that Pine Island Glacier is located in West Antarctica, but it’s another to know which part of the iced … Read more

Getting the Right Size Ski Boots Can Reduce Foot Pain

a close up photo of a skier wearing ski boots on skis

The most common complaints of skiers worldwide are arch pain, throbbing ankles, purple toes, aching shins, and overall foot pain. Snowboarders make fun of rock-hard boots, and beginners wonder if the sport is even worth it with such awkward footwear.  Of course, we know it is, and those who have found the … Read more

Fun Facts About the Nordic Combined

a pictogram of the Nordic combined

At the Winter Olympics, there are three types of skiing events. Alpine skiing consists of traditional downhill events in which skiers compete. The newest discipline is freestyle skiing, which involves athletes flipping and spinning over moguls or in the halfpipe. That leaves Nordic events, defined as those in which athletes’ heels are … Read more

Benefits of Wearing Skiing Goggles

a man skiing down the mountain wearing ski goggles

If you’ve ever gone snowboarding, you recognize that wearing ski goggles is essential for your protection and safety. Most people find a mountain environment very unusual when it comes to wind, light, and weather conditions. Sunlight reflected off the snow can be too bright for your eyes. Furthermore, UV rays can harm … Read more

How Long Is the Appalachian Mountain Range vs the Rocky Mountains

the Smoky Mountains National Park scenic sunrise landscape at the Oconaluftee Overlook

The United States is an enormous and geographically diverse nation with various landforms and climatic zones. The Sierra Nevada Range, the Rockies, the Cascade Range, the Appalachians, and the Coast Range are the five major mountain ranges in the United States. Today, we’ll look at the Appalachian Mountains and the Rocky Mountains, … Read more