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Backcountry Skier Personalities

Last year, we ran a piece offering six backcountry skier personalities that garnered a bunch of mail. The personalities included: the Gearhead, Jaded Local, Luddite, Bro Brah, Rando Racer and Newby. More than likely, we all hold traits from a variety of the stereotypes, but in the spirit of making fun of ourselves, here's a look at the first three: Gearhead, Jaded Local and Luddite. THE GEAR HEAD The common Gear Head is a gregarious creature that thrives in urban and mountain environments alike but is, perhaps, most easily identifiable in his preferred habitat, the garage or man-cave, surrounded by his sizable collection of equipment, new and old. In the backcountry, Gear Heads are easily recognizable by the colorful plumage of the latest Gore-Tex outerwear…

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Tuesday Timewaster: Land of No Use

We ran a short news piece on the Land of No Use Project last winter. This movie clip is more interesting story than actual time waster. Read the article to learn more about how this project took shape and the roots of the phrase, Land of No Use. The full ski film is due out this fall. Here’s the trailer:

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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

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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

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2015 Ski Reviews – Off-Piste Magazine

Our 2015 backcountry ski review is a fixture in the first issue of the season (due out Oct 15) but, to help fuel some winter dreams, we thought we’d share some of the details about a few favorites skis from testing. Subscribe now to get the October issue with our full reviews and lots more fun skis. Voile V6 – 124/100/109;… Read More

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Scarpa Freedom SL Boots – Off-Piste Mag Review

I’ve run the Scarpa Freedom SL for a full season of testing now, and it continues to live up to its first impressions as an incredibly lightweight and touring friendly alpine ski boot. I do not see it as a dedicated touring boot for a devoted backcountry skier but rather as the best of the crossover boots that provide alpine… Read More

Marker King Pin AT Binding

Marker King Pin AT Binding

The King Pin, Marker’s new tech-style AT binding is making waves across the internet this week. And for good reason, it sounds pretty cool. The tech toe is similar to the growing crop of tech binding options, but it’s the heel unit that looks to set the King Pin apart. It’s got a full TUV Din certificate for one. Second, it’s… 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

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    Issue 58 October 2013

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