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Arc'teryx Procline AT Boots

Arc’teryx Procline Ski Boot Review

Arcteryx Procline Ski Boot Review Joshua Cole - Guide and Owner, North Cascades Mountain Guides - AMGA Ski Guide Notwithstanding the ski industry’s “quiver of one” marketing hype, most diehard skiers sport a quiver of skis – the rock skis, the powder skis, the spring skimo skis and probably a pair of straight skis you're keeping for posterity. The new Arc’teryx Procline ski boot is a groundbreaking ski / climbing boot that, in my mind at least, makes a convincing argument for a quiver of boots to go with my quiver of skis; more on this later. The Arc’teryx Procline is light and remarkably stiff in ski mode, but what sets it apart from other lightweight touring boots on the market is its cuff mobility. Arc’teryx has integrated…

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slackline fun

Slackline Fun – Tuesday Time Waster

Slackline Fun Summer is in full swing in North America. It’s time to ride our bikes, scramble peaks, paddle, sail and swim in wild water. Or you could work on your slackline skills. Here’s a little vid of some creative slackline moves to work into your repertoire. Check out our review of the Gibbon Slackline Kit

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Copper Mining Threat in the Upper Methow Valley

THE THREAT: COPPER MINING IN THE UPPER METHOW The North Cascades of Washington hold some of the finest backcountry skiing in North America. In the northeast corner of the range sits the Methow Valley, a sleepy albeit “discovered” community surrounded by some the most inspiring terrain in the range. Anyone who has visited the valley, in summer or winter, knows what a rarity… Read More

Gear

Arc'teryx Procline AT Boots

Arc’teryx Procline Ski Boot Review

Arcteryx Procline Ski Boot Review Joshua Cole – Guide and Owner, North Cascades Mountain Guides – AMGA Ski Guide Notwithstanding the ski industry’s “quiver of one” marketing hype, most diehard skiers sport a quiver of skis – the rock skis, the powder skis, the spring skimo skis and probably a pair of straight skis you’re keeping for posterity. The new Arc’teryx Procline ski… Read More

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Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Beer Growlers – Miir, Hydroflask

Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Beer Growlers The ever-evolving world of water bottles is heavily weighted toward metal, vacuum insulated bottles these days. The new breed of stainless water bottles are durable, free of chemicals and they keep cold liquids colder and hot liquids hotter than any of the basic single-wall designs we’ve all been using for years. The price is… Read More

Outdoor Research Elevator Pack

Outdoor Research Elevator Pack

Outdoor Research Elevator Pack – A Technical Daypack for Mountain Scrambling For me, summer is a time to travel light in the mountains, a time to enjoy the simplicity of the warm weather and summit views. There is something very freeing about hiking and scrambling without the burden of skis or technical climbing gear. I’ve been on the search for… Read More

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2017 Ski Test Beta part II

The opportunity to ski a wide variety of backcountry skis back to back for direct comparisons is the foundation of our ski testing program and our subsequent ski review write-ups.  This season’s fresh crop of backcountry skis includes a few highly regarded favorites like the Voile V6, the DPS Wailer 112 and the Volkl BMT 94 but it also includes… 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

Movies

slackline fun

Slackline Fun – Tuesday Time Waster

Slackline Fun Summer is in full swing in North America. It’s time to ride our bikes, scramble peaks, paddle, sail and swim in wild water. Or you could work on your slackline skills. Here’s a little vid of some creative slackline moves to work into your repertoire. Check out our review of the Gibbon Slackline Kit

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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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

  • off-piste mag winter 15/16

    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.