Archive | March, 2009

2009 skis from Rossignol, G3, Karhu, and Voile

Ski testing has begun

We have begun testing the 2009 skis here on Mt Hood. The weather has dished out some classic March Mt. Hood conditions with over a foot of new snow during the past few days. Of course, the snow has been delivered with some serious winds and relatively balmy temps hovering around the upper twenties. Nonetheless, skiing has been great for… Read More

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Public Lands Bill back up for vote

I just read an interesting article describing the various dynamics at play on the SB 22 – the public lands bill that failed to pass the House a couple of weeks ago. It sounds like the bill is now an amendment to another low controversy bill that is pending vote any day. Rather than pretend I know what I am… Read More

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Off-Piste Back Issue PDF’s

We get a lot of inquires for back issues. Rather than charge money to ship them out, we offer them online as PDF downloads. All back issues are available here. We only offer PDF’s for previous seasons. Current season issues are available at ski shops or by subscription. The idea here is to encourage you to subscribe and support what… Read More

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Climbing Skins

Climbing skins are, obviously, essential equipment for backcountry skiing. For a piece of gear that we use as much as we do, climbing skins do not get a lot of press. Skis are more fun to talk about, for sure, but a good skin is key to a good day. I have a variety of skins going at the moment…. Read More

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Powder skiing

Powder skiing

Winter continues here in the Northwest. Some of the best skiing all season has been found in the past few weeks. Gotta love March cycles.  Skied the Dynafit Manaslus today. They rip. It is one of the best do it all backcountry skis available. The ski powder, the ski mank, and they are great in tough technical terrain and firm… Read More

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Backcountry skiing

March Snow

Winter is finally taking shape here, in March. We have had another string of good cold storms. It sure beats the dry spell we endured in January and February. It must be my friends who sacrificed their ski season by heading to Nicaragua, thanks guys.    Got another day on the Karhu Storm BC. Still stoked on its performance. We… Read More

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The Karhu Storm Backcountry Ski

Storm cycle on Mt Hood

Mt Hood is in the midst of a storm cycle right now. I got out this morning for a few turns with F.J. from Pistil Designs.  We hit the old secret stash, which is less than secret these days, but given the wind, we had the place to ourselves. It is puking toonies as they say up north, but the… Read More

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North Cascades Backcountry Skiing - North Cacsades Mountain Guides - North Cascades Heli Ski

North Cascades Backcountry Skiing

Aside from some good early season snow, the powder skiing at Mt Hood  has been a bit sparse this season. Hopefully the renewed westerly flow seen over the past week will continue through the month of March. Historically, March can be one of the biggest snow months of the year in many parts of the West. I managed to time… Read More

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