Archive | January, 2010

Bond Trubute

In the name of internet fun, take a look at the Shane McConkey Bond Tribute. <object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/sal4h_bPe4g&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/sal4h_bPe4g&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></embed></object>

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Dynafit Stoke Backcountry Ski

New Skis from Dynafit, Voile, BD

  The coolest new skis at the OR show were lightweight touring-minded skis with mild rocker in the tips and powder-minded widths underfoot. Dynafit Stoke – 129-105-119 ; 3.1kg pair (173cm); 164/173/182cm Voile Charger – 134-110-123 ;  2.8kg pair (171cm); 171/181/191cm Voile Vector – 118-94-107; 2.7kg pair (170cm); 160/170/180cm Black Diamond Drift – 136-100-121 (176cm) 3.31kg pair; 166/176/186cm We skied… Read More

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Larsen heads into the Altai Mountains

Four years ago, I travelled to the Altai Mountains in northern China to help Nils Larsen document the remnant use of primitive skis as travel and hunting tools. We spent six weeks in the area exploring and connecting with the local, semi-nomadic people of the Altai Mountains. Our trip exposed us to a very small slice of a ski culture… Read More

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black diamond Prime AT boot

Lightweight Alpine Touring Ski Boots

The go-light AT scene appears to be on the rise. Black Diamond showed four new lightweight AT boots (all tech binder compatible) . The new line includes one women’s model and three men’s boots – Quadrant 4-buckle, Prime 3-buckle, Slant 3-buckle, and Swift 3-buckle (w’s). I actually had the opportunity to ski several of these boots last summer during development…. Read More

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Trade Show Round Up

The annual Outdoor Retailer Trade Show (OR)  took place in Salt Lake City last week.  The show offers an opportunity to see what’s new for next season. Just about all of the backcountry ski related companies are there showing everything from skis and boots to packs, beacons, and socks. The Wasatch received some badly needed precipitation during the week sending… Read More

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burnie glacier ski huts and lodges

Burnie Glacier Chalet report

The Burnie Glacier Chalet, B.C.’s most northwesterly backcountry ski lodge, recently hosted a CAA Level I Avalanche Course. Last week’s weather was horrible for skiing, but in combination with an uncommon widespread buried surface hoar layer, the weather made for ideal avalanche course conditions. When can you observe size 2.5’s running before your popping eyes (from a safe distance, of… Read More

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Wallowas Field Report

Connelly Brown (CB) from Wallowa Alpine Huts just sent us a field report from a recent Guides Skills Course held up in their Norway Basin camp. Like much of the Northwest, the Wallowas has seen below normal snowfall numbers thus far this season. That said, the Norway Basin Camp is, once again, proving to be one of the snowiest places… Read More

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Crown Skis - Kensho

Handmade Ski Movement

The boutique or handmade ski movement is gaining momentum. Numerous smaller manufacturers are popping up in North America. From Ski Builders.com to 333 Skis to Wagner Custom to ON3p, small manufacturers run the gamut of variety and approach. I hesitate to use the term handmade skis because even the big ski operations use plenty of hand labor in laying up… Read More

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