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Backcountry Skier Gifts

Skier Gift Ideas 'Tis the holiday season and time for our annual backcountry skier gifts! We've put together a collection of skier-centric items from our product test crew here are at offpistemag - all under $100. Pistil Designs boiled wool toques - $40-$42 You can't have enough toques in your life. In fact, you can calculate the number you should have with the equation n+1, where n equals the number you currently own. When it's cold and blown' like it's prone to do on Mt. Hood, we reach for a boiled wool hat from Pistil Designs. There are wool hats and then there is the Pistil boiled wool hat and little else compares. Add Pistil style and these toques are the best of the best. Pistil makes…

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ramble-berry

Backcountry Skier Gifts

Skier Gift Ideas ‘Tis the holiday season and time for our annual backcountry skier gifts! We’ve put together a collection of skier-centric items from our product test crew here are at offpistemag – all under $100. Pistil Designs boiled wool toques – $40-$42 You can’t have enough toques in your life. In fact, you can calculate the number you should have… Read More

efficient ski touring transitions

Efficient Ski Touring Transitions

Efficient Ski Touring Transitions Efficient transitions while ski touring help you manage your time, temperature and gear effectively. Check out this video of Jeff Ward, IFMGA Mountain Guide and co-owner of North Cascade Mountain Guides, as he talks us through several ski touring transitions. Jeff does a great job walking us through the steps and thought process behind efficient transitions between ski… Read More

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2017 editors' choice ski reviews

Off-Piste Mag Editors’ Choice Ski Reviews 2017 – Round II

Off-Piste Mag 2017 Ski Reviews – Editors’ Choice Round II Here is our second round of 2017 ski reviews and Editors’ Choice picks. We’ve got three boards that you should consider for your backcountry touring needs. We’d gladly consider any of these boards for a day of slashing the pow and you should too. DPS Wailer 112 Tour 1 141-112-128;  178cm, 3kg, $1050 The Wailer 112… Read More

smith vantage ski helmet

Gear Review: Smith Vantage Ski Helmet

I’ve been slow to adopt a ski helmet for the backcountry. As I’m fond of saying to those who question my lack of helmet, “My head’s not a vital organ, so why worry.” Joking aside, I certainly understand the value of wearing a helmet while skiing. I don’t get on my bike without one, and I’ve been known to wear… Read More

Dynafit Radical 2.0 binding weight

Dynafit Radical 2.0 Binding Review

Dynafit Radical 2.0 Binding Review Competition breeds innovation. And as Marker, G3 and Fritschi commit to the tech binding market, Dynafit continues to refine and evolve their binding line-up to keep pace with market demand. Dynafit’s impressive binding offering features more than 10 models ranging from the ultra-light race DNA to the modestly minimalist Speed Radical and the burly pro-freeride edition–the Beast. But it is… Read More

Ortovox S1+ avalanche transceiver

Ortovox S1+ Avalanche Beacon

Ortovox S1+ Avalanche Beacon If we find ourselves needing our avalanche beacons for a search, something has gone terribly wrong. Either we underestimated the avalanche hazard, we broke safe travel protocols, we made a poor terrain choice or, quite likely, some combination of the above. Regardless, the first step in recovering from our mistakes is to move into companion rescue mode as quickly and… Read More

Avalanche Safety

Avalanche Safety - Keep it Simple

Avalanche Safety – Keep it Simple

Avalanche Safety – Keep it Simple NSAW, the Northwest Snow and Avalanche Workshop, was held in late October. As usual, the event was excellent and is a great way to jump start your avalanche safety brain for the season. NWAC recorded all of the presentations this year and recently posted them on their YouTube channel. All of the presentations are high… Read More

snow and avalanche workshops

2016 Snow and Avalanche Workshop Schedule

Snow and Avalanche Workshop Schedule Fall is securely upon us and ski season is on the horizon! Fall snow and avalanche workshops have become a pre-season staple in most regions around the country. These large-group workshops represent a gathering of the dedicated backcountry community and offer an excellent opportunity to experience presentations from seasoned snow and avalanche pros. Here’s a… Read More

Movies

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Guilt Trip – Skiing Greenland

Guilt Trip – Skiing Greenland Mountains, snow, skiing, travel; it’s a seductive combination. Anyone who has travelled afar for adventure or sat in a helicopter or on snowmobile to access a hut or ski terrain has likely heard the voices questioning the value and the bigger picture contribution to climate change. It’s difficult not to think about it at some level. Modern… Read More

A Skier's Journey Final Episode

A Skier’s Journey – Home

A Skier’s Journey – Crossing Home The final episode of A Skier’s Journey – Crossing Home – follows Chad Sayers and Forrest Coots to British Columbia’s Coast Mountains for a reflective look at the idea of home.  Life on the road ultimately points towards where one started and, for Coots, Sayers and Manley, the start is British Columbia. Embarking on a three-week expedition,… Read More

The Vault

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Darkside Calling – Telemark vs AT

Darkside Calling – Telemark vs. Alpine Touring by Paul Butler Right before the end of the year, I went out skiing. After a week of torrential and monumentally depressing rain turned Christmas into Slushmas, cold from the east brought December back to the way it should be in these parts. Two friends and I began making our way up “the… Read More

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Avalanche Accident – A Perfect Storm

A Perfect Storm – Reflecting on an Avalanche Accident by Larry Goldie and David Waag Never have I fought so 
hard to suppress the 
overwhelming urge to panic. Before I realized what I was doing, I 
heard my own muffled screaming. I told 
myself to calm down. Again, I realized I was
 screaming. A few deep breaths later, I gained… Read More

  • off-piste mag winter 15/16

    Off-Piste Mag Issue 66 – Winter 2016

    Subscribe to get Off-Piste Mag Issue 66 Off-Piste – the backcountry skier’s magazine – Issue 66, Winter 2015/16 Issue 66 includes 2016 backcountry ski reviews Download Issue 66 in a digital page turner format

  • Off-Piste Magazine issue 65 March 2015

    Off-Piste Magazine Issue 65, March 2015

    Download Off-Piste Issue 65 Off-Piste – the backcountry skier’s magazine – Issue 65, March 2015 Issue 65 includes Dream Job – Pro Skier Molly Baker; Guide’s Corner – Turning Around; Trouble at Tuckerman’s and more

  • back issues of off-piste magazine avalanche beacon reviews

    Off-Piste Magazine Issue 64, January 2015

    Download Off-Piste Issue 64 Off-Piste – the backcountry skier’s magazine – Issue 64, January 2015 Issue 64 includes avalanche beacon reviews; dream job – ski photographer and more

  • off-piste magazine back issue 63

    Off-Piste Magazine Issue 63 December 2014

    Download Off-Piste Issue 63 Off-Piste – the backcountry skier’s magazine – Issue 63, December 2014 Issue 63 includes avalanche airbag pack reviews; guide’s corner – morning meeting; dream job – ski guide and more

The Backcountry Skier’s Magazine

Off-Piste Magazine - the backcountry skier's magazine and website. Backcountry ski gear reviews, avalanche safety, feature stories, mountain culture, ski films and more! Check out our back issue archives and backcountry resources ranging from ski and gear reviews to avalanche safety and backcountry huts and lodges directory.