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paranormal skis

Paranormal Skis – Smithers, BC

I spent the day testing a pair of handcrafted Paranormal Skis in Smithers, BC up at the local ski hill, Hudson Bay Mountain. James at Paranormal has been designing and building skis for about four years in his self-built workshop. His passion for the design/build process is as impressive as the equipment he has created in his shop. From his ski press to his custom computer-controlled c-n-c machine, the shop speaks to his attention to detail. He currently has three different ski models. I was able to ski the Weapon - 135-110-125 - an all-around ski with a soft snow bias. It features sidewall construction and five-point design with healthy tip rocker and modest tail rise. Though the snow conditions were a little lackluster, the ski performed…

north cascades skiing off-piste mag

North Cascades Ski Touring

The deepest snowpack in the Northwest this winter is in Washington’s North Cascades. I was lucky enough to catch a few bluebird days ski touring with North Cascade Heli and North Cascades Mountain Guides this month. We found some good snow hiding in the north-facing alpine reaches of the Washington Pass area. NC Heli offers a touring option where they… Read More

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Mountain Approach Skis for Backcountry Snowboarding

There’s more than one way to pursue backcountry snowboarding. Splitboard options have evolved nicely the past few years with a variety of new binding choices and numerous board options. Or, if you are on a budget, you can go the snowshoe route for the occasional backcountry foray. And now, Mountain Approach – a relatively new player in the backcountry snowboard… Read More

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paranormal skis

Paranormal Skis – Smithers, BC

I spent the day testing a pair of handcrafted Paranormal Skis in Smithers, BC up at the local ski hill, Hudson Bay Mountain. James at Paranormal has been designing and building skis for about four years in his self-built workshop. His passion for the design/build process is as impressive as the equipment he has created in his shop. From his ski… Read More

mtnapproach

Mountain Approach Skis for Backcountry Snowboarding

There’s more than one way to pursue backcountry snowboarding. Splitboard options have evolved nicely the past few years with a variety of new binding choices and numerous board options. Or, if you are on a budget, you can go the snowshoe route for the occasional backcountry foray. And now, Mountain Approach – a relatively new player in the backcountry snowboard… Read More

Black Diamond Neve Pro Boot Crampons

Crampons

The lackluster winter here on the West Coast has many of us pursuing ski mountaineering adventures where climbing skins can only get you so far. Here’s some beta on a couple solutions for alpine endeavors: ski crampons for telemark and AT gear and boot crampons for when it’s time to carry your skis. Ski Crampons Ski crampons are an underrated tool… Read More

2015 ski reviews off-piste mag

Full 2015 Ski Reviews

It’s the time of year when ski deals can be had at your local shop and online. So, to help in your quest for the right quiver of one or quiver builder set of boards, we offer our full 2015 ski reviews for your consumption. Backcountry skis are lighter and more versatile than ever. A combination of rocker profile, tip… Read More

  • Off-Piste Magazine

    Issue 61 March 2014

    Off-Piste the backcountry skier's magazine, Repair-Renew-Recycle, Zed Final, Hillmap, Rogers Pass 411

  • Issue 60

    Issue 60 January 2014

    Off-Piste the backcountry skier's magazine, Wallowa History, Touring Jackets, Zed III, Daily Debrief, Origins of Telemark

  • Off-Piste Magazine

    Issue 59 December 2013

    Off-Piste the backcountry skier's magazine, Issue 59 December 2013, ski pack reviews, ski cutting, Zed part II, Breathe

  • op58

    Off-Piste Mag Issue 58 October 2013

    Off-Piste the backcountry skier's magazine, 2014  Ski Reviews, Dirtbaggin, Kim Havell, GOSG, Zed part I

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