Archive | October, 2009

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Wallowas get new avalanche center

Skiers bound for Eastern Oregon’s hidden gem known as the Wallowa Mountains can add the newly created Wallowa Avalanche Center (WAC) to their list of resources.  Until now, avalanche conditions in the Wallowa Mountains were not officially monitored and the nearest center to the Wallowas was the Payette Avalanche Center in Idaho. With an increasing number of winter visitors enjoying… Read More

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Snow report reliability

Anyone obsessed with skiing enough to be reading this blog probably does not need an academic paper to prove that ski resorts often embellish thier snow report numbers, but the following report from a couple of Associate Professors in Economics from Dartmouth College is a pretty entertaining read. In addition, it raises the i-phone issue again. Apparantly, there is yet… Read More

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Snow on its way in the NW

Snow on its way in the NW

National Weather Service forecast looks encouraging… FALLING SNOW LEVELS BEHIND A COLD FRONT LATE IN THE DAY MONDAYWILL TURN RAIN INTO SNOW AT CASCADE PASS LEVELS IN NORTH OREGONAND SOUTH WASHINGTON. SNOW LEVELS WILL DROP AS LOW AS 2500 FEETLATE MONDAY NIGHT. SNOW SHOWERS MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY WILLBRING THE POTENTIAL FOR A SIGNIFICANT EARLY SEASON SNOWFALL…WITHUP TO A FOOT… Read More

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Ski bum contest

I posted a blog referring to the Ski Bum contest sponsored by a consortium of BC ski areas a couple weeks back. The contest is a take on the widely successful campaign run by  Queensland Australia Tourism last winter. I just checked back on the Ski Bum site and am surprised to see only two entries thus far, and they… Read More

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mammut i-phone inclinometer

Inclinometer fun

I don’t own an i-phone. I am not a big advocate of safety through gadets, and I’m not so sure I would tote my i-phone in the backcountry if I happened to have one. I know, they are great cameras, you can make short movies, some day they may even save the world from self destruction, blah blah, blah. For… Read More

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Typhoon Melor - NASA Image

Further El Nino reading

Fall weather is forecast to hit the west coast with some vigor this week. The effects of the front should ripple accross the western states all week. From the forecast discussions, it sounds like the storm is the remnants of a typhoon from the West Pacific. Northern California is due to receive the brunt of the storm, but given its… Read More

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off-piste mag issue 42

Subscribe to Off-Piste

October is here and snow is gracing the high country once again. The latest issue of Off-Piste Mag (Issue 42) is at the printer this week and will begin shipping next week. Subscribe or renew now to be in the loop for a full season of Off-Piste Mag delivered to your door. If you subscribe online by October 11, 2009,… Read More

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