Erika Wiggins is a Salt Lake City based freelance writer specializing in travel, food and adventure sports. She travels extensively throughout North America and Mexico seeking new experiences. In addition to adventure sports, her passions include fitness, local cuisines, strong coffee and wine. You can follow her on Twitter (@Active_Explorer) , Instagram (@Active_Explorer) and http://TheActiveExplorer.com

3 Tips For Finishing The Ski Season Strong & Staying Sharp for Next Season

There’s no denying it – the end of the season is here. Ski season always seems too short and we risk losing skill over the summer. This year, try something different. Instead of winding down at the end of the… Read More →

Riding & Skiing Etiquette: How To Not Be A Jerk On The Slopes

When you’re a new skier you might act like a jerk without meaning to be rude. You simply may not know the etiquette and rules of the slopes. When you begin skiing, you’ll see signs telling you to follow the… Read More →

Top 11 Gear Picks From 2015’s Outdoor Retailer Market

Every outdoor gear nerd’s dream, Outdoor Retailer, is where manufacturers bring their latest and greatest creations. My partner and I spent the day scouring their recent Winter event held in Salt Lake City, January 20-24. As always, we didn’t see it all,… Read More →

7 New Year’s Resolutions For Skiers & Riders

2015 is officially here! If you’re still flip-flopping between resolutions or finding that some are way too hard to stick to, go ahead and trade out those boring New Year’s resolutions for something a little more fun! Here’s a list of seven… Read More →

5 Steps to Planning a Women’s Ski Vacation

Girl time refreshes my soul. With ski season just starting and International Women’s Ski Day coming up on December 13th, now is the time to plan a ski/riding vacation. Don’t get me wrong, my guy is sweet and romantic, but there’s… Read More →

14 Ski Resort Events Delivering Holiday Cheer This Season

‘Tis the season for skiing powder! Oh, and the holidays are upon us as well. I’d rather bury my head in the snow than deal with shopping and, luckily, there are some festive events taking place at ski resorts across… Read More →

5 Ways To Overcome Fear On The Slopes

Fear is no fun. And learning to ski or ride for the first time, or leveling up to new a challenge, can bring it up. It doesn’t matter that a run is an easy green; if it’s new for you,… Read More →

Ski Boot Buying 101: Fit Is The New Sexy

My favorite shoes are neither cute nor sexy and I typically can’t wait to take them off at the end of the day. I spent a lot money and time choosing these oh-so-clunky kicks but they reward me every time… Read More →

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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market: A Gear Nerd’s Top 10 Picks

My challenge: Choosing 10 items worthy of a closer look at this year’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. So many outdoor companies have “stepped up their game” with new innovations or improvements this year, it was mind boggling to pick the… Read More →

5 Ski Resort Beer Festivals Not to Miss

Skiers dig beer. So it’s no surprise that a number of beer festivals are held at ski resorts. Most in the summer and fall, but occasionally one pops up while there’s snow still on the ground. Personally I love the… Read More →