Exploring the wonders of Hyalite Canyon on my ongoing journey to improve my skills as an alpinist. The ice rescue course I recently completed is just one piece of the puzzle. It takes years to develop all the skills to become a proficient ski mountaineer. Tomorrow, I'm giving a slideshow at @snowbird about my trip to Chamonix and my progression into world of ski alpinism. Come by and check it out if you're around! Link in profile. Photo: @parkcityrob Huge thanks to all my sponsors: @jaybirdsport @zealoptics @patagonia @lekiusa @goalzero @nordicausa @clifbarcompany @prethelmets @delormegps #livelikeliz #bigmtndreams

Snow makes me happy! I spent the weekend taking an ice rescue course at the @bozemanicefest through the Khumbu Climbing Center. Hyalite Canyon (pictured here, on the approach to our climb) was an awesome setting to practice these important skills. Whether you want to head out on steep snow, rock or ice, I highly recommend taking a rock or ice rescue course near you. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to continue learning and practicing my technical rope skills. #bif18 #livelikeliz photo: @parkcityrob

Chasing frozen waterfalls. After a day of warm up to get back into the swing of things, we ventured out to climb Dribbles, an almost 500' WI4 climb in Hyalite Canyon. Huge props to @louisarevalo for leading this! Photo: @parkcityrob #bif18 #bigmtndreams

Practicing my steep ice technique in Hyalite – Loving my time here in Bozeman for the ice fest so far! If you ever have a chance to check out an ice festival, it's the best way to learn and improve technique, as well as try new gear and meet rad people. #bif18 photo: @ktmillerphoto #bigmtndreams

I've always thought that skiing and mountain art go hand in hand. That's why I'm so excited and honored to be featured on this beautiful painting by Seattle based artist and designer @mimikvinge_creative. I love her creative expression of winter sports culture- Check out more of her work! Link in profile! #bigmtndreams

A beautiful Bozeman sunrise. Psyched for a day of ice climbing! #bif18 #poweryourpassion @jaybirdsport

We love ice climbing!!! I was soooo stoked to get some pitches in with @ktmillerphoto in Hyalite Canyon, Bozeman, MT. Here all week for the Bozrman Ice fest. #bif18 #livelikeliz

With a good partner, you can go far. Sometimes it just takes the slightest bit of encouragement to push yourself farther than you thought you could go, or take the edge off the sufferfest. I'm grateful for all my mountain partners, past, present and future. (And I'm looking forward to seeing @ktmillerphoto, pictured here, really soon!) @jaybirdsport #poweryourpassion #livelikeliz

Watched the sun set on Flagstaff and the moon rise on Hidden Peak at @snowbird. Also threw in a West Ridge of Toledo- Toledo Chute and a lap into Days Fork. We love our #Sundaysufferfest in the Wasatch! Photo: @parkcityrob #bigmtndreams #livelikeliz

One of my favorite shots from our #MexiSnowGetaway, @brodyleven and @graysonschaffer navigating their way their a technical down climb in the Labrynth section of the route. Today, someone asked me how I stay motivated for training. And it made me think of this- all my training made me as physically prepared as possible to do Orizaba in a weekend (a day, really- we were on and off the highest volcano in North America 24 hours after landing in Mexico.) There are enough obstacles that stand between you and the summit of your dreams. Fitness is one of the variables you can control. #bigmtndreams #livelikeliz

One of my goals lately is to bring the energy @liz_daley and I shared to the world. To focus on the positive and keep dancing, because life is too awesome to be sad. #livelikeliz #tbt to #akgirls_way last spring. Photo: @jaybeyerimaging Taking a shower on the glacier felt so good.

Today's training: 3600' with 25% of my body weight in the pack. I love the added challenge of training outside in a snowstorm! The wind in your face makes you feel so alive. Photo: @louisarevalo #bigmtndreams #livelikeliz

This is our future if we continue on the high carbon road. Rock, dirt, ice and very little snow. I've seen firsthand the effects of climate change on the glaciers in Ecuador and Mexico. They are receding at unprecedented rates. Its important to share these stories with Senators, the EPA and the White House. Climate change is not a belief system or a political issue. It's a reality. Some of you have asked how @brodyleven and I balance our environmentalism with airline travel. It's a good question. And there's no simple answer. Every human economic activity has costs. Our work involves travel. But our work also makes a tangible difference in the world. It's a lot harder to create a positive change in the world if you sit at home. Plus, that's not my calling. We live an examined life and do what we can to inspire change. We are doing our best to behave more responsibly to the earth. And to create the future we envision. But to be a mover and a shaker, sometimes you have to move and shake. Will you join us? #actonclimate @protectourwinters photo: @graysonschaffer @outsidemagazine

Today's training: Four uphill laps=close to 7k' Sunday funday at @brightonresort. I'm grateful for my training plan to keep me focused and @parkcityrob for keeping me company! I remember reading somewhere that "Gratitude is the raddest attitude." Keep the Turkey Day spirit all year long. #explorethankfulness #livelikeliz #bigmtndreams

"There are no bad waves, only a poor choice of equipment and a lousy attitude."-Mickey Munoz I try never take my time in the mountains for granted. I am so grateful for each opportunity I have to climb and ski, like last week on Orizaba. What are you grateful for? Hope everyone had a happy turkey day. #explorethankfulness Post inspired by @brodyleven #MexiSnowGetaway

Reaching the 18,503' summit of the highest volcano in North America was the icing on the cake. Even though it was a sufferfest, I loved every moment of our #MexiSnowGetaway. I'm so grateful to climb and ski big mountains, and for the awesome people (i.e. @brodyleven @graysonschaffer) I get to meet along the way. Safe Thanksgiving travels everyone!

Thinking back to the whirlwind that was last week- going straight from DC to Orizaba for a little #MexiSnowGetaway. We packed so much into those four days. There's nothing I love more than climbing and skiing big mountains. It forces me to find peace in the present moment and enjoy the little things. The experience of seeing the mountain shadow at sunrise – shared with good friends – is so precious, I feel grateful we had such a successful trip! More pics to come! @brodyleven @graysonschaffer @outsidemagazine

Soooo stoked I made it home in time to ski fresh powder! Winter has arrived in Utah and I couldn't be happier. #poweryourpassion @jaybirdsport photo: @parkcityrob

When you hike through the night, the miles seem to disappear like a dream beneath your feet. The pain and suffering melts away. And then, the first hint of sunrise gently nudges you awake. Photo: transitioning into crampons around 16,500' on the Jamapa glacier of Pico de Orizaba. #MexiSnowGetaway @graysonschaffer @outsidemagazine @brodyleven Happy to be home now in one piece.

18 hrs after arriving in Mexico, we were nearing the summit of Pico de Orizaba. @graysonwyatt entering the pain cave around 18,000'. #MexiSnowGetaway @outsidemagazine @brodyleven #poweryourpassion

I grew up in Minnesota, so snowy winters have always been a way of life for me. I love snow so much! Which is why I felt compelled to go to DC with @protectourwinters to talk about the effects of I've climate change I've seen, and how they are affecting the $60 billion dollar snowsports industry. But it's more than dollars. It's a way of life I want to preserve for future generations. Now, I'm off to vacation. @brodyleven, @graysonwyatt and I are going to Mexico, with two days to climb and ski the highest volcano in North America. Wish me luck, because this might hurt. #MexiSnowGetaway Photo: @louisarevalo

So stoked to be in DC with @protectourwinters, talking about climate change and its effects on the snowsports community with the EPA and Senators! It's so awesome to share our stories and make our voices heard. #AthletesActOnClimate

Tomorrow, I'm heading to Washington, DC with @protectourwinters. We are doing a @Twitter Town Hall with @GinaEPA on Tuesday to have a conversation with the winter sports community about climate, snow sports and carbon standards. Ask us questions anytime from now til Tues. morning on Twitter using #AthletesActOnClimate hashtag. We will answer questions from 10:15-10:45. I am beyond excited for this opportunity! After DC, I'm heading on an exotic ski mountaineering adventure. Stay tuned for more updates from a crazy week ahead!

Sooo stoked to be back on skis!!!

Huge thanks to everyone who came to my #chamonixoxo slideshow last night at @zealoptics! I felt so much love from the Boulder community. So awesome to meet you all and share stories on a cold, snowy Thursday night. thanks to all the sponsors who supported the silent auction and @protectourwinters fundraiser! #bigmtndreams #livelikeliz @goalzero @lekiusa @bigagnes_ @jaybirdsport @clifbarcompany @patagonia

I steep skiing and cannot wait to get back on my skis. Is it winter yet? This pic is from one of my best days last season, skiing the West Couloir of the Chardonnet in Cham. Photo: @ktmillerphoto On a similar note, if you are in Boulder tomorrow night and want to learn more about my trip to Chamonix, come check out my slideshow at 6pm at @zealoptics headquarters. There will also be a fundraiser for @protectourwinters with lots of great items from my sponsors, @jaybirdsport @bigagnes_ @patagonia @goalzero @clifbarcompany @lekiusa. Hope to see you there!#chamonixoxo #bigmtndreams

I loved waking up to the chill in the air this morning. Bring it on, winter. I'm ready. Photo: Frozen pigtail braids after a very cold sunset ski tour in the Wasatch backcountry. @liamjski #bigmtndreams

Summit smiles after some spicymixed knife-edge ridge walking. If climbing up the South Ridge of Superior ever seems easy to you, may I suggest adding weight to your pack and wearing mountain boots? And why not throw add a little snow and ice into the mix and some brisk wind? It took a little longer than usual, but I made it up that mountain. Photo: @parkcityrob #bigmtndreams #livelikeliz

Good evening from Little Cottonwood. I enjoyed this lovely sunset from the top of Superior after an afternoon scramble up the South Ridge. #poweryourpassion @jaybirdsport #bigmtndreams #livelikeliz

I'm learning that suffering is an inherent part of happiness. It's hard to describe the roller coaster of emotions this past week has been. I went on one of the hardest trips of my life – up to Seattle for @liz_daley's memorial party. It was a sad yet beautiful celebration of life with an awesome group of people. I carry with me an indescribable sense of loss, but also a deep gratitude for the time we spent together. And a reminder to stay positive and keep dancing, because life is pretty awesome. Her memorial party prompted me to dig up this old video clip from our first trip together in Chile. #livelikeliz

It's almost snow and ice season- here's a little Wednesday workout motivation – pull-ups on ice tools! Part of "Training for the New Alpinism." The book has a special strength program used for pull-ups (book link in profile). #icephoto #bigmtndreams video: @chris_twosherpas

It's not too late to drop in and vote! Voting is an action we can all take now to protect our winters. Vote for the environment. There are a few hours left. If you haven't already, go do it. #dropinandvote #votetheenvironment photo: @brentbensonphotography

Good evening from @snowbird. Some days you summit and other days, you need to unwind and recharge. I'm learning that it's important to take recovery seriously. One of my favorite recovery activities is the yoga- hot tub- steam room trifecta at the Cliff Spa at @snowbird! Here's the sunset from the spa. It was a gorgeous night to be up in the mountains. #bigmtndreams #livelikeliz

Had to get up to @altaskiarea yesterday to play in the new snow and to do some @patagonia product testing. The snow angel is one test to simulate the demands of deep powder skiing. Photo : @brookegaynes #livelikeliz

Happy Halloween! I hope everyone is having a fun and safe weekend of tricks and treats. I was stoked to get out and do a little costume crack climbing in Little Cottonwood yesterday before the snow! Love this neon pink onesie I had in my costume box. Photo: @brookegaynes #livelikeliz

3 days of meetings at @patagonia remind me how stoked I am to be an ambassador for this company. One of the reasons is because of their willingness to disrupt the status quo. Example: all fall 2014 jackets have #traceabledown. Unwilling to accept conventional down standards, @patagonia went ahead and traced every cluster of down to ensure that is came from birds who were never force fed or live plucked. In doing so, they established the highest animal welfare standards in the apparel industry. It's that willingness to ask the hard questions and find the deeper truth that makes them a remarkable company. Not all down is equal. Find out more at Patagonia.com/traceabledown #whatthepluck

One of the best things about this @Patagonia ambassador summit is the opportunity to meet all the athletes. There's so much to learn from other outdoor athletes, from the surfers to the fly fishing team to the trail runners and the climbers (especially @katerutherford and Kitty Calhoun, pictured here). I loved watching Kate's smooth climbing style and getting Kitty's nutrition tips for high altitude climbing expeditions! It was a real treat to get out and climb with everyone today. #bigmtndreams #livelikeliz

Be wild, authentic and free. It took a certain rebelliousness for me to understand that I could pursue my passion for the mountains. I'm so grateful to be spending the week at @patagonia headquarters with 70+ other athletes who have figured out how to pursue their passions and dreams. So much inspiration, my head is spinning after just one day here! #stoked @louisarevalo

Adventure is a state of mind. Go see what's around the next corner. I love exploring my backyard ranges as much as I love traveling to far away mountains. So stoked I made it back up to the Uintas before the snow covers the road. Excellent day in the mtns with @thegription and @louisarevalo for @gowithoutwalls. Photo: @louisarevalo #bigmtndreams #livelikeliz

As I'm getting ready to head to a @patagonia ambassador summit this week, I can't help but think about @liz_daley. I just hope she knew how much she inspired me, and how much I enjoyed our time together. It's a good reminder to be honest and open about your feelings and live and love the present moment with all your heart. #livelikeliz #bigmtndreams

I love starting my weekend with a trail run. Sometimes it's more energizing than a cup of coffee. Here's #myrunningpal @brookegaynes, 6.5 months pregnant, active and smiling! #fitspiration

Good partners make even the most miserable slogs enjoyable. When I told @brodyleven that I was going to load up my pack with extra weight, I was sure he would bail on our plans. Instead, he added 20 lbs to his pack so we could chat along the way. So grateful for all my awesome training partners! #myrunningpal #bigmtndreams

Last night's training: climbing the South Ridge of Superior in mountain boots with 20% of my body weight in my pack. It seems crazy to carry all that unnecessary weight up 3000' until you realize it's the perfect training for ski mountaineering. #bigmtndreams #livelikeliz #utavy #usaw14 photo: @brodyleven

Sunset from the South Ridge of Superior. It was such a beautiful night to be up in the mountains. #bigmtndreams #livelikeliz

One of my tips for living a healthy, active lifestyle is to plan activities with people who are similarly motivated and who have a positive, uplifting energy! This week, I'm hoping to hit the trails with @brookegaynes, an absolute shining star and one of my favorite partners in crime. #livelikeliz #bigmtndreams @altaskiarea @johngaynes

How I love the snow! Reminiscing last Sunday's training hike at @snowbird- and how lovely it was to walk around in the snow and ice. #bigmtndreams #livelikeliz #embracetheelements

Two thumbs up for the summit of the thumb! I was elated to stand on this feature that I have been staring at for so long. You know that thing in your town that you've always wanted to do? Now's the time to go do it! Happy weekend adventuring everyone! #bigmtndreams #livelikeliz @brodyleven

Climbing success seems to come down to one's ability to withstand discomfort, whether it's the weight of a heavy pack on your shoulders or the slow drip of dirty water on you as you place gear in a wet and slippery chimney (pictured here). How you deal with discomfort is the difference between success and failure. It takes a total acceptance of the present moment. You learn to love those things, the intense wind in your face, cold fingertips, painful feet and fatigue because they teach you lessons about yourself and provide the opportunity to grow. @brodyleven #bigmtndreams #livelikeliz

Is it winter yet? A reminder of what I'm training for: skiing the biggest mountains in the world. #tbt to topping out on the Dent Du Geant to ski the South Face last spring. Photo: @tom_grant_ #bigmtndreams #livelikeliz

Is that pure stoke…or fear in my eyes? There's a fine line between what is fun and what is scary. The best adventures are the ones where you're dancing on that line, keeping all the elements and emotions harmoniously balanced. Approaching the thumb yesterday morning… Photo by @brodyleven #bigmtndreams #livelikeliz