Archive | February, 2011

Winter is back in force in the Northwest

Winter has returned to the Northwest. A fickle La Nina has not deliverd the epic winter that everyone was hoping for, but the past week has seen a major turn around in snow conditions here in the Northwest. The current forecast for Mt Hood calls for 2.5 inches of water equivalent in the next two days. The National Weather Service… Read More

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Solitaire – ski film from Sweetgrass Productions

Nick Waggoner and crew from Sweetgrass Productions recently announced a 12-part webisode series that chronicles the work on their new film Solitaire. Sweetgrass is the crew that brought us Signatures and Hand Cut. Here is what they have to say about the new webisode series: "On The Road with Solitaire" is a 12-part webisode series following Sweetgrass Productions in the… Read More

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More 2011 Gear News

There are several changes on the avalanche beacon front for 2011. Ortovox is now delivering the 3+ Avalanche Transciever that they showed last winter. The Ortovox 3+ is an innovative beacon that features three antennas and the ability to prioritze which antennas to use for transmit based on the beacons orientation. Like and camera or smart phone that can turn… Read More

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Dynafit Radical Binding

In other interesting product news form the tradeshow, Dynafit showed a new binding design evolution that they are calling the Radical. The Radical design uses newly designed toe and heel pieces. The new design creates new stops or towers on the toe that help with boot alignment, or in Dynafit’s words, allow for step-in functionality. The Radical also introduces new… Read More

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Wasatch Follow up

A week or so back I posted a clip of some rather uncharacteristic conditions in the Wasatch. There was a fair bit of disbelief that the clip was truly shot in the Wasatch. It was in fact shot up in the Maybird Creek area of Little Cottonwood Canyon. To be fair, we also found some decent snow the same day…. Read More

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Outdoor Research Stormbound Jacket for Women

Women’s Sidecountry Ski Jackets

Here is a guest blog from our web guru, Karen Holt. I decided I wanted an insulated ski jacket in my life this season. I often find myself skiing at the ski resort in my backcountry ski gear and, frankly, I am tired of wearing so many layers. My only alternative was to throw on my nice warm puffy, which… Read More

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More Backcountry Ski Gear news from the 2011 OR show

In other backcountry ski gear news, Voile announced a new ski at the show, the Vector BC. The Vector BC adds a waxless pattern base to the Vector. At 94mm underfoot, The Vector BC is the widest, most downhill oriented waxless ski yet to be offered by anyone. I have always been an advocate of wide waxless skis and find… Read More

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