Archive | April, 2011

Mt. Hood Climbing Poster

Climb and Ski a Volcano

Spring weather is slowly settling in here in the Pacific Northwest, and the corn snow is starting to ripen. Volcano climbing and skiing season is upon us! It is the ideal time to climb Mount Hood or other volcanoes with the intent to ski down (why else would you climb anything). If climbing Mount Hood is on your radar, check… Read More

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Solitaire Episode III – The Raptor

Sweetgrass Productions is back with the third installment of On the Road with Solitaire, a 12-part webisode documenting the making of their new backcountry ski film Solitaire.   On the Road with Solitaire Episode III: The Raptor from Sweetgrass Productions on Vimeo.

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ski goggles

Pack-Friendly Ski Goggle Case

Pack-Friendly Ski Goggle Case Goggles are a required item for most backcountry ski tours, but packing them is not so simple. Big hard cases are just that, big. They offer great protection for your expensive ski goggles, but they take up a lot of space in a day pack. For years, I have managed with a light goggle bag when I… Read More

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backcountry skiing in british columbia

Ski Testing Beta

March and April storms have made for some fun ski testing conditions the past few weeks. Although the bulk of our testing occurs at our local ski hill, I did take a few select skis up to British Columbia for a week of ski touring. Here is a quick report on the Volkl Nunataq, Voile Charger and Dynafit Stoke backcountry… Read More

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Rain-X keeps snow off your topsheets

Rain-X For Ski Topsheets

Snow build-up on your top sheets is a fact of backcountry skiing, and spring is probably the worst season for snow build-up on your skis. Warmer temperatures mean heavier snow and that means you are dragging more weight up the hill than you need to.  K2 tried to address the issue with a p-tex top sheet material on their backside… Read More

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Ski Testing

March and April storms have made for some fun ski testing conditions the past few weeks. Although the bulk of our testing occurs at our local ski hill, I did take a few select skis up to British Columbia for a week of ski touring. Here is a quick report on the Volkl Nunataq, Voile Charger and Dynafit Stoke backcountry… Read More

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Snow keeps falling

Winter is hanging on in the mountains. Mt. Hood continues to be in the storm path, and I just returned from a winter-like week of touring up at Powder Creek Lodge in central British Columbia. April in the mountains can serve up quite the variety pack of weather, but Powder Creek lived up to its name last week as Ullr… Read More

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Life Cycles Mountain Bike Film

Ski season lingers on in many parts of the West, but we recently watched Life Cycles, a mountain bike film. It is not your average action film. There is plenty of inspiring bike action, but what carries the film is the stunning film work and visuals that filmmakers Derek Frankowski and Ryan Gibb create revolving around the sport of mountain… Read More

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