Mount Rainier National Park just announced their new 2011 climbing permit fees. The new fee is now $43 (up from $30 last season). The permit is valid until December 31 of the year purchased, so if you are a regular user or are shut down on your first foray above 10,000 feet, you can try again with the same permit…. Read More
Archive | March, 2011
I am a fan of synthetic insulation. Its all-weather versatility is unbeatable for backcountry skiing. Sure, I live in the land of heavy precip and moderate temps, but even when skiing in colder climates, I still find my gear gets damp. Maybe it is my affinity for storm cycle skiing, or maybe it is my not-so-careful gear management skills. Synthetic… Read More
We have begun our annual ski testing for our 2011 ski review. March has proven (once again) to offer some of the finest skiing of the season around here, and we have been running skis through the ringer up at Mt. Hood. Our testing focuses on touring minded skis. In addition to the usual suspects, there are several new players… Read More
Here is episode two from Sweetgrass Production’s 12-part webisode following the making of their two-year backcountry ski film project, Solitaire. Episode two sets the South American stage in Huaraz, Peru and explores the emotions of hopping off a jet plane into a world totally unlike your own. At the end of the day, most things that go into making a… Read More
This weekend is the annual Sven and Glenn Memorial Telemark Race at Stevens Pass. This year marks the 28th annual Glenn Race and the 4th annual Sven Race. The whole weekend makes for a great teleamrk festival event. The Sven Race, Saturday March 26, combines nordic skills with classic cross-country downhill technique. Pay tribute to a longtime Stevens Pass local… Read More
I just stumbled accross this great old school powder skiing footage on the WorldWidetimeWaster. It is all skiing around the Red Mountain, BC area in the early 90’s. Funny, it just doesn’t sound that long ago, I must be getting old…either way, these folks are ripping it up!
Just a fun sequence of shots from a powder day this winter . . . a little motivation to get out and go skiing!
Ski testing season is upon us. 2011 is our twelfth season of testing and reviewing backcountry skis. We have already been able to get on a few skis, but the bulk our testing happens in late March and early April. I will post more information about our ski line-up as they begin to arrive, but the list includes backcountry skis… Read More
March is roaring in like a lion here in the Northwest! The powder skiing is the best we have had all season. I just spent the week up in the North Cascades with the crew at North Cascade Heli and North Cascades Mountain Guides. I am not sure what I did to deserve it, but we hit the storm cycle… Read More