Archive | November, 2012

K2 Pinnacle 130 Freeride Touring Boot

K2 Freeride Ski Boots

K2 just sent out a sneak peek of their new ski boot line and it includes two touring models – the Pinnacle 110 and Pinnacle 130 (number references boot flex). The boots look pretty downhill centric, but we are stoked to check them out. Sounds like first real glimpse will be in January or February 2013 with a retail launch… Read More

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Off-Piste Mag Issue 55 - cover shot by Ryan Creary - Sol Mountain Lodge

Off-Piste Mag Issue 55 – December 2012

The days are getting noticably short on daylight and the flakes are finally beginning to stack up around North America (although they are bit wet in these parts at the moment) and Issue 55, December 2012, is in the mail! Although not fully intentional, Issue 55 revolves around dreams – dreams of backcountry shelter in one form or another. From… Read More

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Into The Mind

Sherpas Cinema, the makers of All I Can and The Fine Line, just launched the trailer to their newest film, Into the Mind. The final cut is not due until fall 2013, but the trailer looks mighty tempting. Here’s what Sherpas has to say . . . Blur the lines between dream state and reality, as you perceive the world… Read More

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Ullr Rules

Ullr Holiday Cards – Scott Dickson Artwork

You know the feeling – you are on your skis working the rhythm, enjoyin’ the speed – and suddenly, for a few turns, you feel immortal – you channel the energy of Ullr himself.  Ullr, god of choice among Scandinavians and backcountry snow lovers alike – is a pre-Viking era Norse God who kept fine company with the likes of… Read More

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Pro Bar Energy Bars

Pro Bar Energy Bars

Pro Bar Energy Bars I’m not much of a packaged energy bar user. I must have eaten too many back in the day. I eat them now and then – usually when I’m tapped out of food and the only thing available from a kind touring partner is a standard Clif bar or similar. I tend to travel with regular… Read More

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off-piste mag shop quiver

The Off-Piste Backcountry Ski Quiver

Each season here at the office, we look forward to a host of new and innovative backcountry ski gear. I can always guage the local ski fever by the number of people hitting me up for ski gear advice, and the talk is rampant at the moment as the first turns of the year are now a reality for many…. Read More

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Off-Piste Swag - ball caps, voile straps, ski scrapers. hoodies

Off-Piste Swag

In case you are working on your holiday shopping, we’ve got great gift ideas for the backcountry skier in your life. Off-Piste Ball Caps – $14 100% organic cotton traditional style and the always-popular trucker style Infinitely useful Voile Straps! 18-inch Voile straps – 2 for $10 All-new Ski Scrapers these clear plastic scrapers are handy for more than just… Read More

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Skier

skier’s restroom rules

Skier’s Restroom Rules A little skier humor found on the wall above the the urinal at Lookout Pass. Remember, try not to hit anyone . . .

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White Grass Rocks

La Nada, White Grass and more

If you have not yet heard, it’s official – at least for the time being according to the NOAA Climate Prediction Center, the forecasted El Nino influence has drifted into La Nada. In other words, there is currently little or no significant ENSO influence on our winter this season. For those not in the know, ENSO can directly influence western… Read More

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Utah Avalanche Center Video

The Utah Avalanche Center does an excellent job forecasting mountain weather and avalanche hazard in Utah. Their website offers a wealth of information for anyone heading into Utah’s backcountry and beyond. Their latest video, a retospective look at last season’s record breakingly poor snowpack, is full of incredible avalanche and snowpit footage that illustrates the hazards of a shallow, continental… Read More

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Artful Powder Skiing in Japan

Japan has been getting some great press the past couple of seasons. The following short film is from photographer Jordan Manley. I had the good fortune to jury a photo comp he entered a few years ago. He’s got a keen eye and is apparently making a name for himself with video. Check out this artful ski film from a… Read More

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stop ski link

Backcountry Ski News

It’s been a busy week in the backcountry ski industry. Our inbox is full of event news, backcountry hut updates and industry press releases. Let’s start with some environmental action news brought to us by Black Diamond Equipment. Admirably, BD is taking the lead on the Stop Ski Link movement in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. The Utah Ski Link proposal revolves… Read More

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