Archive | December, 2009

Ski Trab Stelvio XL

Ski Trab Stelvio Light XL

A pair of the new Ski Trab Stelvio Light XL’s showed up just in time for the holidays here at Off-Piste Mag HQ. If you are not familiar with Trab’s Stelvio line, it is a bit of a departure from their standard ultra-light rando race fare and features what I think is a very cool, traditional wood veneer topsheet. The… Read More

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North Cascades Skiing

The slideshow function is my new favorite tool for the blog. Here is a short slide show from a couple of days in the North Cascades. We enjoyed some North Cascades skiing with a little heli-assisted ski touring up in the North Cascades with North Cascade Heli and North Cascades Mountain Guides. I know heli-assisted touring sounds like an oxymoron to… Read More

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The Best Socks for skiing

Socks are low on on the gear glamour scale, but a fresh pair of quality socks feels mighty nice sliding into a pair of boots. A good pair of ski socks can mean the difference between a good day and a bad day of skiing. From comfort to longevity, quality socks out perform cheap socks. The tight weaves and durable… Read More

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Sol Mountain Lodge gallery

The Monashee Range in Central British Columbia has proven to have some the best early season powder skiing of any place I have ever skied. Sol Mountain Lodge sits on the edge of Monashee provincial park and serves up powder skiing every December. The mid-December snow pack is routinely 2+ meters deep. Here are a few shots from a mid-December trip to… Read More

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backcountry ski reviews - off-piste magazine 2009 ski reviews

2009 Backcountry Ski Review

2009 ski review The holidays are upon us and it seems everyone is shopping for skis – at least given the requests for copies of our annual ski review. Well, here it is the 2009 Off-Piste Mag Ski Review. We have been doing an annual ski review for ten years. After looking over our current review and the reviews from… Read More

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The Deaver tours mission ridge at Sol Mountain Touring, BC

Sol Mountain Delivers the Goods

I managed to slip out of town and into British Columbia last week for a little backcountry skiing trip to Sol Mountain Lodge in the southern Monashee Range. I have been up to Sol Mountain numerous times in mid to late December over the years. As usual, Sol delivered the goods. We were greeted by temps hovering around zero degrees… Read More

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Tuesday Time Waster

Tuesday Time Waster

I have seen some crazy ski footage over the years, but this footage of French skier Antoin Montant is unique. He sounds so calm and collected in the interview, must be part of being French…

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Ski Area Report Card Released

The Ski Area Citizens Coalition (www.skiareacitizens.com) has been publishing the Ski Area Environmental Report Card for the past 10 years. The report evaluates the environmental policies and practices of ski areas in the western U.S. based on a system of 35 criteria including: preservation of sensitive lands within the ski resort area, actions related to water conservation and quality, and… Read More

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