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rogers pass backcountry ski guidebook

Rogers Pass Backcountry Skiing Guidebook

The Rogers Pass backcountry is one of the largest and most accessible backcountry ski playgrounds on the planet. It lies between Revelstoke and Golden, British Columbia in the storied Selkirk Mountains and boasts an annual snowfall in excess of 40 feet. If you have ever ski toured on the Pass, you know how vast it is and how quickly you can find yourself faced with more options than you could possibly ski. One dedicated Rogers Pass skier by the name of Douglas Sproul has been exploring the Pass for 20+ years and, more recently, working to document and develop a ski touring guide and atlas for the area. He successfully launched a digital edition for Andriod devices last year. You can read more about Sproul…

ski swap season

Ski Swap Season

It’s time to clear out the gear closet; ski swap season is underway. Here are a few ski swap buying and selling tips. Sellers: 1. Don’t be greedy, ask a fair price and share a deal 2. Clean your gear up – give it a little shine 3. Better to sell your unwanted gear at a low price than not… Read More

dawn patrol hybrid shell

Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid Shell Review

The Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid shell walks the line between highly breathable softshell and waterproof-breathable three-layer jacket. I’m a longtime advocate of ditching full-on waterproof-breathable gear in favor of more breathable softshells, but new hybrid designs like the Dawn Patrol Hybrid let you maintain key storm protection in your bag of tricks. The shell uses highly breathable Schoeller stretch-woven… Read More

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dawn patrol hybrid shell

Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid Shell Review

The Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid shell walks the line between highly breathable softshell and waterproof-breathable three-layer jacket. I’m a longtime advocate of ditching full-on waterproof-breathable gear in favor of more breathable softshells, but new hybrid designs like the Dawn Patrol Hybrid let you maintain key storm protection in your bag of tricks. The shell uses highly breathable Schoeller stretch-woven… Read More

Free The Powder Backcountry Ski gloves

Backcountry Ski Gloves

Good backcountry ski gloves need to be durable and not too warm, yet still able to handle storm conditions. Of course, a glove’s warmth rating is subjective with weather and personal preference playing big roles. Some  skiers use a two-glove system – lightweight gloves for the up and warmer gloves for the down, while others prefer to run one pair of… Read More

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Backcountry Ski Packs

Last winter, we took  10 backcountry ski packs (non-airbag) for an extended spin. The line-up included packs from Arcteryx, Black Diamond, Cilo Gear, Deuter, Exped, Gregory, Jones and Mammut, Ortovox and Osprey.  Here excerpts from the reviews and a link to the full backcountry ski pack review – pdf. Arc’teryx Khamski 38; $299 Wight: 3lb The newly revamped Khamski 38… Read More

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TechCrampon 250 – Gear Review

Being more skier than mountaineer, the slogan, “If I can’t climb it, I won’t ski it,”  helps keep me out of trouble. But there are situations when a steep slope may be too firm to climb, but in time will soften into good skiing. Climbing steep firm slopes just requires the right tools, namely boot crampons. But, for many ski–centric… 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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