Archive | October, 2011

backcountry skiing

Winter Weather Forecasts

We’ve all heard that La Nina is forecast to influence our winter weather for a second consecutive ski season this winter. The cooler than average sea surface temps in the Equatorial Pacific mean different things to differrent regions but, for the most part, backcountry skiers should be stoked because it normally means a good snow year for most western mountain… Read More

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Skiing in October

Well, I wish I could say I was with these guys for what looks to have been an excellent day of skiing last week, but alas, I will have to live vicoriously through their vid. Our pals at North Cascades Mountain Guides had a great day up on Mt Baker on October 13. October skiing is normally a bit of… Read More

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Sorcerer Lodge Fall Update

We recently heard from Tannis up at Sorcerer Lodge near Golden, BC. She and a crew of folks just wrapped up their 21st annual (more or less) fall work trip (repair, replace and repaint) up to Sorcerer Lodge to finalize their project list for the coming winter season. Here is what Tannis has to say . . . “Projects this… Read More

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2011 snowbash poster

Pre-Season Backcountry Events

Many mountain areas have already had their first round of winter storm cycles. Wolf Creek Ski Resort in Colorado even opened for skiing on October 8. For those of us who don’t have snow, or are not actually ready for it, there are plenty of pre-season events happening in the coming weeks. Ski movie season and Avalanche Center Fundraiser season… Read More

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Backcountry skiers mag #50

October Issue of Off-Piste Mag

Along with the recent shift in the weather comes the first issue of Off-Piste Mag – The Backcountry Skier’s Magazine for the season. The October issue features the 2011 Ski Review with over 50 backcountry skis included. We also debate the merits of ski quiver, pay respects to dedicated backcountry skier Mark Nelson, profile the stereotypical Northwest skier and more…. Read More

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skiers of the altai

2012 Polartec Challenge Grants

Expedition planning is an exciting time, but raising money is never easy. Over the past twenty years, Polartec has supported hundreds of expeditions around the world through the Polartec┬« Challenge, an international grant program encouraging outdoor adventure. Applications for Polartec┬« Challenge grants are now available for 2012 expeditions.”Since 1991, Polartec has assisted some of the world’s greatest athletes and explorers,”… Read More

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