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Ski Clothes for Kids – setting kids up for the backcountry

Ski Clothes for Kids - setting kids up for the backcountry A big part of getting kids to enjoy backcountry skiing is making sure they have good ski clothes, so they stay warm and dry. We (adults) take managing our body temp and comfort level for granted, but kids have to learn how to manage uphill and downhill comfort. It's not rocket science, but it requires us as parents to stay tuned in to our budding backcountry skiers and keeping them outfitted with good ski clothes for kids - not a small task as they keep growing. Just as when I kit up for touring, I encourage my kids to work with layers, so they can learn to manage their core temp. Good baselayers are easy to find. I've…

Features

backcountry ski packing list

What’s in Your Pack – backcountry ski packing list

Backcountry Ski Packing List What’s in your ski pack? It’s a question I hear a lot. There’s no sense in carrying more up the hill than you need to, but there are some key items you should always have with you in the backcountry. We’ve put together a backcountry ski packing list for a basic day of ski touring. In… Read More

efficient skin tracks

Efficient Skin Track Cornering

Setting an efficient skin track requires using the terrain to your advantage and finding the balance between climbing efficiency and skin track angle. A key component of a good skin track is efficient corners. Jeff Ward from North Cascades Mountain Guides walks through the process behind creating rounded and AVA turns in lower to moderate angle terrain.

Gear

kids ski gear

Ski Clothes for Kids – setting kids up for the backcountry

Ski Clothes for Kids – setting kids up for the backcountry A big part of getting kids to enjoy backcountry skiing is making sure they have good ski clothes, so they stay warm and dry. We (adults) take managing our body temp and comfort level for granted, but kids have to learn how to manage uphill and downhill comfort. It’s not… Read More

dps lotus 124 spoon

DPS Lotus 124 Spoon powder skis

DPS Lotus 124 Spoon When asked for backcountry ski recommendations, I often turn the conversation to where the ski will see most of its use. And for most of us, this means mixed snow conditions, which usually leads to talking about skis in an all-purpose backcountry range of something like 100-114 mm underfoot. It’s the rare person who is looking for a… Read More

scarpa f1

Scarpa F1 Ski Boot Review

Scarpa F1 Ski Boot Review I’m no rando racer, but I still have a solid appreciation for the trend in lighter backcountry ski gear. Following design innovations pioneered in the randonee race world, alpine touring boots have, perhaps, benefited the most from slimmed down, lighter designs born of the rando race world. These new svelte boots still offer strong downhill performance and are gaining momentum… Read More

outdoor research deviator hoodie

Outdoor Research Deviator Hoodie

Outdoor Research Deviator Hoodie Dressing for a balance between warmth, breathability and wind protection while on the uptrack is part of the art of ski touring. Everyday presents its own weather conditions and demands, but the Outdoor Research Deviator Hoodie handles the job of climate control on the uptrack in a wide variety of conditions. It’s a versatile uphill layer that offers stand-alone protection… Read More

Avalanche Safety

Avalanche Safety - Keep it Simple

Avalanche Safety – Keep it Simple

Avalanche Safety – Keep it Simple NSAW, the Northwest Snow and Avalanche Workshop, was held in late October. As usual, the event was excellent and is a great way to jump start your avalanche safety brain for the season. NWAC recorded all of the presentations this year and recently posted them on their YouTube channel. All of the presentations are high… Read More

snow and avalanche workshops

2016 Snow and Avalanche Workshop Schedule

Snow and Avalanche Workshop Schedule Fall is securely upon us and ski season is on the horizon! Fall snow and avalanche workshops have become a pre-season staple in most regions around the country. These large-group workshops represent a gathering of the dedicated backcountry community and offer an excellent opportunity to experience presentations from seasoned snow and avalanche pros. Here’s a… Read More

Movies

DPS Cinematic

DPS Cinematic – Gone Big

DPS Cinematic – Gone Big Zack Giffin has led many lives. The quintessential powder bum that went big on skis became a professional athlete, then went even bigger to become a co-host of the television show Tiny House Nation and a national leader in the tiny house movement. But once you’ve gone big, how do you stay true to the… Read More

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Tantalus Range – Kye Petersen Ski

Tantalus Range Ski Stoke Pure ski stoke from the Tantalus Range in British Columbia’s Coast Mountains. An all-star cast of big mountain riders including Kye Petersen, Athan Merrick and Pep Fujas shred like only pros can shred.

The Vault

Dream Job Avalanche Forecaster

Dream Job – Avalanche Forecaster

Dream Job – Avalanche Forecaster An Interview with ChugachNational Forest Avalanche Center Forecaster Wendy Wagner by David Waag We all appreciate the value of our regional avalanche forecast centers and, let’s be honest, who hasn’t dreamed of working as an avalanche professional. It’s all face shots, field observations and free gear right? Well, it turns out there’s a lot more… Read More

Uptrack

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

  • 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

  • back issues of off-piste magazine avalanche beacon reviews

    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

  • off-piste magazine back issue 63

    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

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Off-Piste Magazine - the backcountry skier's magazine and website. Backcountry skiing resource: gear reviews, avalanche safety information, feature stories, mountain culture, ski films and more! Check out our back issue archives and backcountry skiing resources ranging from ski and gear reviews to avalanche safety and backcountry huts and lodges directory.