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Common Snowpack Tests

With the growing complexity of snowpacks around the country, it's a great time to brush up on your avalanche safety knowledge, specifically common snowpack tests. The following video presentation of snowpack tests from Bruce Jamieson and Mike Conlan from the Applied Snow and Avalanche Research Center at the University of Calgary in Alberta offers a lot of information, including tests ranging from simple hand shears to full propagation tests and large Rutschblock tests. Remember, snowpack tests are an important part of your bag of tricks, but they should not be the only tool you are using to determine slope stability and avalanche hazard. Common Snowpack Tests Common snowpack tests from Bruce Jamieson on Vimeo. A brief how-to for common snowpack tests to locate and assess instabilities within the…

avalanche accident

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

The Great White Highway grumpy old shop guy

Grumpy Old Shop Guy – The Great White Highway

The Great White Highway by the Grumpy Old Shop Guy, aka Don Pattison It’s the inevitable and ponderous start to another ski season, and I’ve got a worried mind. Driving my old Jeep over the local pass last weekend, a couple of thoughts popped out – I need new wiper blades and the good December snow reminds me that a… Read More

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G3 Alpinist LT Climbing Skin

G3 Alpinist LT Climbing Skins

G3 Alpinist LT Climbing Skins Review We spend many an hour working our way uphill while backcountry skiing and our choice of climbing skins can make a big difference in our efforts to move uphill. Think lightweight and good glide. The lightweight part is obvious but the good glide part is often overlooked in favor of grip. Today’s wide skis translate to lots of… Read More

dps wailer 112RP2 tour1

DPS Wailer 112RP2 Tour1 Review

DPS Wailer 112RP2 Tour1 Review The DPS Wailer 112 has been a consistent crowd pleaser since its introduction. The 112mm waist hits a sweet spot for touring width and DPS has fine-tuned the profile over the years to create a refined but always energetic ski. This season they added a new edition – the Wailer 112RP2 Tour1. The Tour1 edition… Read More

outdoor research trailbreaker jacket

Backcountry Ski Jackets

Backcountry Ski JacketsShell Jacket 101 Hardshell – We define a hardshell as any waterproof / breathable jacket that features waterproof membrane construction like GORE-TEX®. It’s essentially a sandwich featuring an outer face material, a waterproof/breathable membrane and a backer material. Hardshell materials have come a long way in recent years to offer softer, less hardshell feeling materials. High-end three-layer hardshells… Read More

Outdoor research trailbreaker pants

Outdoor Research Trailbreaker Pants

Outdoor Research Trailbreaker Pants Review As the song goes, you gotta get up to get down and breaking trail tests more than just your legs; it tests your outerwear, too. A good backcountry ski pant needs to breathe while you go up and protect from the elements on the way down. I’ve long been an advocate of softshell materials for… Read More

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avalanche accident

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

The Great White Highway grumpy old shop guy

Grumpy Old Shop Guy – The Great White Highway

The Great White Highway by the Grumpy Old Shop Guy, aka Don Pattison It’s the inevitable and ponderous start to another ski season, and I’ve got a worried mind. Driving my old Jeep over the local pass last weekend, a couple of thoughts popped out – I need new wiper blades and the good December snow reminds me that a… Read More

avalanche hazard rating

What’s The Problem?

The classic backcountry ski checklist – shovel, probe, beacon, brain – has also come to include the avalanche forecast, and most of us make the effort to check the forecast before we head into the mountains. But an important question that’s often overlooked is; “Are really absorbing the most important information contained in the forecast?” Sure, the avalanche hazard rating… Read More

bro brah

Backcountry Skier Personalities – part II

Backcountry skiers can be a curious bunch. We come in a variety of flavors and there are several easy stereotypes to poke fun at. Of course, we all hold traits from multiple stereotypes, but in the spirit of making fun of ourselves, we offer Backcountry Skier Personalities part II – read part I here THE BRO BRAH Few skiers are… Read More

  • 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

  • off-piste magazine back issue 62

    Off-Piste Magazine Issue 62 October 2014

    Download Now Off-Piste Magazine – the backcountry skier’s magazine – Issue 62, October 2014 includes 2015 backcountry ski reviews, historic patrol race, getting’ schooled, dream job avalanche forecaster and more

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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.