Archive | November, 2008

Paul Butler frees his heel on Harts Pass, WA - larry Goldie Photo

Skiing – Schwag

Larry Goldie from North Cascades Mountain Guides just sent me a couple pics of skiing up near Slate Peak in the North Cascades. He and Paul Butler from North Cascade Heli headed up for an early season tour on some lightweight  XCD gear. Larry reports that it was thin but skiable and that it felt good to drop the knee on… Read More

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New Off-Piste Stickers

New Off-Piste Stickers

Our new batch of Off-Piste stickers just arrived here at the office. We went for a new shape this year that is more elongated than earlier models. They are still the same high quality vinyl we have always used. For a limited time, just send us a self addresses stamped envelope (SASE) and we will drop a few in the… Read More

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Issue 39 December 2008 - cover image - Will Wissman

December Issue of Off-Piste

Well, I wish I was posting a ski trip report, but recent temps pushing 60 degrees have not been too cooperative for the snowpack. Nonetheless, we just wrapped up the December issue and sent it off to our printer. The new issue takes a look at June Mountain, CA, a successful traverse of the Tordrillo range in Alaska, interpreting weather station… Read More

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Avalanche Transceivers from BCA, Barryvox, Ortovox, and Pieps

Avalanche Transceivers

We just received the Ortovox S1 avalanche transceiver with the updated software here at the office. It is a very interesting beacon, and we are stoked to check it out in the coming months. I have long used the Backcountry Access Tracker and still believe it is great beacon, but late last season I began testing several of the newer three antenna digital beacons…. Read More

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Grassroots Backcountry Ski Film

Greg Hill is a respected name in the backcountry ski community. He has placed well in many randonee races, set some incredible endurance standards, and generally pushes the window for human powered big mountain ski exploration from his home in the Selkirk Mountains (read a profile on Greg from 2003 here ). Last season, Greg decided to carry a video camera with… Read More

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Omar cuts out the ski shape on the bandsaw with the help of shop teacher, John Hadley

Ski Building 101

Ever wanted to build your own skis? Well, John Hadley, a shop teacher at a local high school here in the Columbia Gorge, is building skis (and snowboards) with high school students in a class he teaches called Materials Science. It is the second year he has offered the ski building class, and it is impressive. With support from local company Innovative Composite… Read More

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