Archive | May, 2010

2010 Armada JJ powder ski

Armada Skis JJ

Armada Skis: Armada JJ 126-136-115-133-121 @ 185cm. The Armada JJ first caught our attention when we learned it weighed in at around four pounds per ski (1.96kg or 4lbs 5oz to be exact). Most skis in this width category push 5lbs (or more) per ski. The JJ uses what Armada Skis refers to as their “ultralight core,” and it combines generous… Read More

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Ski Testing – Dynafit Stoke

Despite the fact that it is snowing at elevation (again), the majority of our backcountry ski testing is now done. I get countless questions regarding what we liked during our testing, so thought I would share some notes from our highlights. The crop of truely touring-minded skis gets more diverse every season, and this year’s line up is especially flush… Read More

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Glacier Skiing - Roped Ski travel

BD Couloir – An Ultra Light Ski Mountaineering Harness

  Guest Blog from Larry Goldie of North Cascades Mountain Guides The minute I saw Black Diamond’s new Couloir harness, I knew I needed one.  In the never ending quest to lighten my kit, it was immediately apparent that this harness would likely bump my current ski harness out of its favored spot.  I have spent the last month using… Read More

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2009-2010 Issues online

2009-2010 Issues online

The 2009-2010 season’s Off-Piste Mag issues are now available free online in PDF format. We post back issues online each spring. This year’s issues are 42-45 and include the 2009-10 ski review, interviews with Sweetgrass Productions and PowderWhore Productions, skiing on Alaska’s Mount Foraker, Dynafit Splitboard hybrids, ski pack reviews, alpine-touring bindings, the boutique ski movement, and much more. All… Read More

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May Ski Photos from Mt Hood

I have been testing  AT boots from Scarpa, Dynafit, and Garmont this spring as well as new XCD skis from Rossignol and Madshus. May has offered a bit of a bonus season here in the northwest, but it appears we are now headed for a more classic spring cycle of corn and sun. Here are a few shots of some… Read More

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May Powder Skiing - The Bonus Season

May Powder Skiing – The Bonus Season

Winter knocked on the door here in the Northwest last week. Incredible conditions were had throughout the Cascades. I made it out around Hood for several days of skiing and here are a couple of reports from  Central and North Cascades that saw winter-like conditions as well.  North Cascade Mountain Guides Cinco de Pow report. Don Pattison and friends made… Read More

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Ski Mountaineering is Alive and Well

There are an incredible number of people out there pulling off incredible tours and descents around the world. It is inspiring and humbling to see and read about others’ high level adventures. From the Hummel brothers recent winter traverse of the Pickets in the Washington Cascades  to Greg Hill’s  pursuit of one million vertical feet of ski touring, and Cascade… Read More

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