Archive | November, 2010

North Cascades Mountain Guides Avalanche II Class

Avalanche Education

Winter seems to have gotten up to speed mighty fast. The first powder turns of the season are already old news and the first avalanche fatalities of the season have already made the news (Colorado and Utah), and it is only November. British Columbia has issued a high avalanche hazard warning for the South Coast and storms appear to be… Read More

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A Far White Country - NW Skiing History Project

A Far White Country – NW Skiing History Project

  We received word from Lowell Skoog that he has completed another chapter of his on-line history of Northwest skiing. Here is the scoop from Lowell: "A Far White Country" My previous chapter ("The Ski Climbers") dealt with events between about 1928 and 1948.  In this chapter, I’ve jumped back to the beginning, roughly the years between 1890 and 1920. … Read More

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Ski Rocker 101

Ski Rocker 101

The October 2010 issue of Off-Piste (#46) included an article called Rocker 101 explaining ski rocker design and its importance.  The piece has garnered a lot of requests for copies of the magazine. Written by Jeremy Rooper from the Mountain Shop in Portland, Oregon, Rocker 101 offers a window into the evolution of ski design and the rise of rockered… Read More

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Contagious Enthusiasm

With the first significant snowfall each season come the phone calls, emails and photos of many a friend who has made it out for their first turns of the season. Given my  role as the publisher and editor of Off-Piste Mag, the barrage of first turn tales is inescapable and helps fuel the fire for the season to come. Personally,… Read More

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Salomon Quest 12 boots

Fresh on arrival here in the office is a pair of Salomon Quest 12 AT boots. It is the same boot that was released last winter with tech fittings (Dynafit compatible) and quickly recalled due to failure of the fitting. The boot has been re-released this season without tech fittings. The touring pads with Dynafit compatible tech inserts are NOT… Read More

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Snow in Idaho

We just heard from Chuck at Payette Powder Guides, a relatively new backcountry hut operator in Idaho. Sounds like they have been gearing up their operation for the season and have had the first significant snowfall of the season to boot. Here is what Chuck has to say: Winter has arrived in the mountains! Last week we received a foot… Read More

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