Archive | January, 2009

Black Diamond split skin for skis 100mm+ underfoot

OR Gear Picks

The trade show yielded a few cool items this season. Given my relatively short time in the show, I focus on the main hardware related to backcountry skiing. There are a variety of cool items in the pipe for fall 2009. BD has a new skin that is designed for skis over 110mm underfoot. The skin is split in the… Read More

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Oregon Snow in Utah, Larry Goldie manages just fine

More Outdoor Retailer

I am back in the Hood after several days of trade show fun. I managed to get out skiing a couple of days while in UT. In fact, we found good skiing on Friday despite the Utah Avalanche Center’s discouraging words about the snow quality . . . We got slimed yesterday afternoon and overnight with weather right out of… Read More

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The Fine Line

Avalanche hazard has, for good reason, been receiving a good amount of press around the country this season. North American avalanche related deaths have already reached 31 this year. Conditions are settling out in many areas, but as three new deaths last weekend show, not all areas are seeing better  stability. Black Diamond has been passing around this video of Chris Cardello who was caught in… Read More

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OR on-snow demo Snowbasin Ski Resort, UT

Outdoor Retailer trade show report

I am in Salt Lake for the annual winter Outdoor Retailer show this week. We spent today up at Snowbasin Ski Resort for the on-snow demo. We checked out new skis from all the usual suspects including, K2, G3, Black Diamond, Karhu, Dynafit, Rossignol, Atomic, Movement, and Goode. Predictably, rockered tips and big dimensions are the name of the game… Read More

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East Hills Pow

East Hills Pow

Since we have not had any new snow in the past  couple of weeks, i thought i would post a vid from back in late December when we were able to ski the east hills here in town. The terrain is pretty basic, but it is a real novelty to be able to ski it – especially with nice boot… Read More

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Helmet cam - Gnarl ridge fire

Helmet cam – Gnarl ridge fire

I recently got a helmet cam for some testing. I have always been a still camera guy and know very little about video. The camera I have is a VIO POV cam, and it has proven to be nearly fool proof. Not only was it easy to use, but it was also painless to edit and upload. The video below… Read More

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Bend Backcountry Alliance

The Bend Backcountry Alliance is working to protect human powered access in the Century Drive corridor around Mount Bachelor.  The Forest Service is proposing the construction of a massive sno-park at Kapka Butte. This will add more snowmobiles to the Century Drive corridor but will not address the safety, parking, and access needs of skiers. If you are familiar with… Read More

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Off-Piste Mag - The Backcountry Skier

Telefest, Off-Piste XL, Ski Report

 The third issue of Off-Piste is off to the printer and is scheduled to ship next week. If you subscribed in the past couple of weeks, your subscription will begin with the new issue. The new issue includes, shovels, an interview with Wally (founder of Voile Equipment), cautionary avalanche tales, cloud microphysics, great imagery and more. Subscribe now to get… Read More

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the new G3 Onyx AT binding

G3 Announces new AT Binding

G3 Announced their new Onyx AT binding today with a fancy interactive website. The binding takes its basics from the Dynafit TLT binding and requires a Dynafit compatible boot. We have yet to use the binding, but it looks very promising. It weighs in at 1430 grams. check it out www.g3onyx.com

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shovel testing

The Wild West

Winter has gone from zero to sixty in a matter of days here in the west. Avalanche fatalities are in the headlines everywhere. Even inbounds, resort based terrain is getting hit hard with avalanche activity – whistler – jackson – jacksonII – telluride. It is shaping up to be a year of sensative snowpacks accross much of the west including the often relatively… Read More

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