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2016 Backcountry Ski Reviews

2016 Ski Reviews As winter fades, it's time to release our 2016 ski reviews into the archives. If you're still in the market for new skis, now is the time to score a deal on hold-over inventory. Take a look at what our ski reviews have to say and stock your quiver with an end of the season deal. We ski all of the skis in our review and are currently testing 2017 backcountry skis. Stay tuned for details related to the latest and greatest from the likes of Voile, DPS, Black Diamond, K2, La Sportiva, Dynafit, G3 and more. You can download the 2016 ski review as a pdf here or you can download the entire Winter 15/16 issue (with the ski review) in our digi…

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The Wapta Traverse

The Wapta Traverse – A Canadian Rockies Classic High Pressure and bluebird conditions prevail and the views stretch as far as my eyes can see in all directions. Dozens of stunning, rocky peaks dressed in white vie for my attention. I wander the ridge toward the summit of a small peak near the Scott Duncan Hut and contemplate the surroundings…. Read More

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Spring Avalanche Hazard

As winter transitions to spring, changes in the snowpack can take place at an alarming rate, catching even the most experienced skiers off guard. Spring avalanche hazard is every bit as important as winter. By the time March rolls around, the sun is significantly higher in the sky than it has been all winter. This increased sun angle can add… Read More

Avalanche Safety

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Spring Avalanche Hazard

As winter transitions to spring, changes in the snowpack can take place at an alarming rate, catching even the most experienced skiers off guard. Spring avalanche hazard is every bit as important as winter. By the time March rolls around, the sun is significantly higher in the sky than it has been all winter. This increased sun angle can add… Read More

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Knowing When to Dig – going beyond avalanche safety basics

I like to start a day of touring with an innocent sounding question; “Anyone know what the hazard is rated today?” This question is a very effective way to begin a conversation with your touring partners about the current avalanche conditions. I like to follow it up with something like; “Considerable, eh? What’s our main concern?” Now, with a discussion… Read More

Gear

ski reviews

2016 Backcountry Ski Reviews

2016 Ski Reviews As winter fades, it’s time to release our 2016 ski reviews into the archives. If you’re still in the market for new skis, now is the time to score a deal on hold-over inventory. Take a look at what our ski reviews have to say and stock your quiver with an end of the season deal. We ski… Read More

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Lightweight Technical Fleece

Backcountry skiing is a highly aerobic pursuit. Finding the right combination of layers or lack there of is key to managing your temperature and breathability while ski touring. Beyond your base layer, you need to consider a lightweight insulation layer depending on the conditions of the day. I’ve been running several different lightweight technical fleece layers this season including a… Read More

Brunton RESYNC 6000

Portable Chargers for the Backcountry

TECH TALK The use of electronics like phones and gps devices in the backcountry is no longer the exception; it’s the norm. Smartphones can be incredibly useful. With apps like Gaia (GPS) and Avanet (snow study/tour planning/map), a phone becomes a gps and map tool. As we rely more heavily on electronic devices for everything from communication to navigation and weather… Read More

patagonia reconnaissance pant

Patagonia Reconnaissance Ski Pant Review

Patagonia Reconnaissance Ski Pant review I spend nearly every day of the winter in softshell pants. Finding the perfect do-it-all pant is nearly as challenging as finding the perfect quiver-of-one ski. I’ve had my favorite pants over the years but, in the ever-evolving world of fabric and our newer-is-better culture, it seems like the shelf life of even the best… Read More

Movies

The Pucker Factor – steep skiing on Mont Blanc

Here’s a ski vid with a high pucker factor; steep skiing on the Mont Blanc massif. Of course, it’s French. It’s actually a variation of a line first skied (are rarely repeated) in 1987 by Jean Marc Boivin. French skiers Yannick Boissenot, Nicolas Brunel, Titi Gentet and Stéphane Roguet first noticed the line while skiing in the Vallée Blanche. Read… Read More

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More Chamonix Couloir Skiing

Here’s some more Chamonix couloir skiing footage and an opportunity to practice your French! If the access and scenery in this clip don’t make you yearn to head across the Atlantic to explore the Alps, I’m not sure what will. It’s off the tram and into the big mountains.

The Vault

Uptrack

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

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    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

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    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

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    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.