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avalanche engineers

Avalanche Engineers – Tuesday Timewaster

Avalanche Engineers - These guys are more than a bunch of flakes; Avalanche Engineers is the story of two Montana State University scientists who delve deep into the mysteries of the snowpack to find out how a snowflake becomes an avalanche. Filmed in Bozeman, Montana, this mini-documentary takes you on a journey from the micro intricacies of snowflake structure to the massive mountainsides where this force of nature reigns. Avalanche Engineers from Abby Kent on Vimeo.

Smith Goggles

Smith Goggle Promo

Smith Goggle Giveaway! We’ve got multiple pairs of Smith I/O and the I/O7 goggles to pass on to lucky subscribers. The I/O and I/O7  are rimless, interchangeable-lens goggles. They are all about clear, unobstructed vision and easy lens swapping. The spherical Carbonic-X polycarbonate lens is top-of-the-line and offers the latest Smith anti-fog tech and sharpest vision possible – and in… 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

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


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


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