Archive | December, 2011

prior husume ski

Prior Husume Skis XTC Carbon Construction

I recently mounted up a new pair of Prior Husume skis built with Prior’s new XTC Carbon Construction. Based on the Husume dimensions, the carbon construction reduces the ski weight relative to Prior’s standard lay-up and is designed with backcountry skiing in mind. The 2011 Husume also features a new tip profile (more taper). The result is a healthy dimensioned… Read More

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Dear Santa, We Want Snow

Mother Nature is marching to her own drum thus this winter. The Northwest mountains have been uncharacteristically dry and sunny the past few weeks. Snowfall around much of the country has simply stalled out following a nice start to the ski season around Thanksgiving. Sounds like the ridging that has been delivering the dry, high pressure pattern has started to… Read More

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Backcountry Skier Christmas Gifts

Get your favorite backcountry skier set up with something they can really appreciate, Off-Piste branded swag! We’ve go our usual organic cotton ball caps, and this year, we added Trucker style ball caps, too. If that’s not enough, check out our organic cotton hoodies with embroidered logo. These heavyweight cotton hoodies are the perfect apres ski wear. They run true… Read More

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Shames Mountan, BC

In the spirit of small town ski culture, I thought this vid was pretty cool. Residents of Terrace, BC are standing up to try and save their local ski hill, Shames Mountain. Friends of Shames: A Skier’s Journey EP1 [Season 2] from Jordan Manley Photography on Vimeo.

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Ski Area Report Card

The Ski Area Citizen’s Coalition just released their 2011 Environmental Report Card. It’s not exactly related to backcountry skiing, but it’s good that someone keeps tabs on ski resort practices. Here is what they have to say  . . . "Ski resorts across the west for the first time in five years did not significantly increase their activities related to… Read More

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opus hut colorado

Opus Hut – New Colorado Backcountry Hut

There is a new backcountry ski hut in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, the Opus Hut. After years of dreaming and searching for a suitable scenario, longtime Colorado-based skier and craftsman Bob Kingsley has made it happen. The Opus Hut, Ophir Pass Ultimate Ski Hut, is located at 11,765 feet near Ophir Pass, Colorado. The 1800-squarefoot, three story solar powered structure… Read More

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