Archive | October, 2012

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Greg Stump Interview

If you are old enough to have been watching ski movies in the 80’s and 90’s, you are sure to recognize the name Greg Stump. If you’re not familiar with Stump’s films, do yourself a favor and add a few to your annual ski party viewing list this year. He produced a number of ski films during the rise of… Read More

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Spearhead map by J Leslie

Spearhead Traverse Huts Fundraiser

The Spearhead Traverse is an iconic tour in the Coast Range, and the movement to establish three huts along the famed route is underway (read more about the Spearhead Huts Project). There are two fundraising events this November to help the project move forward. The first is the 2012 Spearhead Huts Winter Kick-Off Party on November 3 in Squamish, BC…. Read More

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Avalanche Awareness

The first big winter storm of the season has launched skiing around the West. With the snow comes the first  avalanche death of the season up in British Columbia. The incident involved survey work, not skiing but, nonetheless, serves to remind us that even a shallow snowpack is subject to avalanche danger. Here is a new avalanche awareness movie that… Read More

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Off-Piste 54 - the backcountry skier

October Issue and New Digi Subscription

The October 2012 mag (issue 54) is out and includes our 2012 backcountry ski reviews, featuring 40 models. As usual, it also features top-notch avalanche safety advice, entertaining opinions and valuable backcountry wisdom. Subscribers should have the issue in hand by now, and it’s available at select outdoor shops around the country. Our first issue of the season coincides with… Read More

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Skiing The Void

It’s a grey Friday here in the Pacific Northwest, and it seemed like a good day for a vid clip. Although Sweetgrass Productions is not scheduled to launch a ski film this winter, they did a run a 12-part web series about their time spent in South America filming for their 2011 film, Solitaire. These guys stand out for their… Read More

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Tuesday Time waster – Legend of Aahhhs

Start your Tuesday with a little dose of ski history ala Greg Stump, maker of ski movies and some might say the man who defined the category. Today’s Tuesday Time waster is Stump’s newest and word is final ski movie, Legend of Aahhhs. Playing on the title of his famed Blizzard of Aahhhs film circa 1988, Legend is the story… Read More

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Fall Colors

ENSO update – La Nada

Fall has finally arrived here in the Pacific Northwest with the first significant storms of the fall season. I spied a dust of fresh snow around 9,000 feet this weekend, but snow levels remain high. Nonetheless, the return to a more seasonal wet flow feels good and lends a certain ski season feel to the air. According to the experts… Read More

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Rechargeable Headlamps – Petzl Tikka CORE battery

Headlamps are easy insurance when ski touring and downright indispensable when it comes to general camping. They have also have come a long way thanks to LED technology. LED’s burn brighter, longer and use less power – a perfect combination for small headlamps. The next best thing to happen to headlamps is rechargeable battery systems. Hands down one of the… Read More

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custom ski scraper

Off-Piste Ski Scrapers are here!

We’ve got new Off-Piste logo ski scrapers this season for your ski waxing and cleaning pleasure. Of course, scrapers are must-have items for your home ski waxing bench, but they are also great all purpose field tools. You’d be surprised how often a ski scraper comes in handy when you are out touring. I always keep a scraper handy in… Read More

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