Archive | March, 2010

2010 backcountry ski and powder ski testing

2010 Ski Testing

It is ski testing season here at Off-Piste. Backcountry and powder specific skis are rolling into our office every day. The recent blast of winter here in the northwest gave us an opportunity to get out in some good deep snows on on the Armada JJ and the Voile Drifter. Both skis served up fine perfomances and both are incredibly… Read More

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Mt Hood Climbing Route Poster

Mt. Hood Climbing Posters

High pressure was in full swing here in the Hood this last week and spring is now fully in the air. I am off to British Columbia for a final hut trip of the season.  Hopefully this next Pacific front gives us a little refresher. I will be testing a variety of skis, boots, and skins while up in BC…. Read More

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North Cascade Heli Yurt Trip

I spent last week in the North Cascades at the Yurt operated by North Cascade Heli-Ski (NCHS). A quick flight from their base in Mazama, WA, the Yurt, a well appointed, 30-foot diamater structure, offers out-the-door ski touring in the North Cascades bordering the Pasayten Wilderness. The Yurt has been part of the NCHS operation for many years, but has… Read More

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Backcountry Skiing in the North Cascades

Larry Goldie from North Cascades Mountain Guides and I just spent a day out touring on the new Voile Charger (134-110-123) and Dynafit Stoke (129-105-119) skis. Both skis are light, touring minded boards with rockered tips. The snow was excellent with north aspects holding the goods. The skis lived up to their names proving that fat, rockered skis don’t have… Read More

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Wallowa Avalanche Center

While visiting the Wallowas back in January, I had the opportunity to hook up for a ski tour with Keith Stebbings, the director and lead forecaster of the newly minted Wallowa Avalanche Center. Keith posts condition summaries online each Friday at www.wallowaavalanchecenter.org. Keith’s reports give a detailed synopsis of the current snowpack along with snow profiles and photographs illustrating layers… Read More

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NE Kingdom Tele Boys

Telemon and his crew of freeheel skiers are up to their usual pursuits in Vermont’s NE Kingdom this winter. The crew recently sent us some shots of life in the NE Kingdom. According to the e-mail note, "…it has been a low snow year, but we are making the best of it. Been skiing our collective asses off, taking whatever… Read More

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