Archive | March, 2013

Voile Ski Tree Tuning Stand

Ski Waxing and Tuning Bench

If you want to spend anytime doing your own ski maintenance, a solid ski waxing and tuning bench is important. Between keeping my skis ready to roll, setting up test gear and working on friends’ gear, my bench sees use multiple times per week. Ski widths exceeded the width of my traditional ski vices years ago, and I’ve tried a variety of ski… Read More

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Hans Gmoser Ski and Mountain Film Project

Climbing and skiing pioneer Hans Gmoser is one of the names that helped to push North American mountaineering and adventure skiing to new heights in the 1950’s and 60’s. Raised in Austria during World War II, Gmoser moved to the Canadian Rockies at age 19 and pursued a life in the mountains as a guide and adventurer. His accomplishments includes… Read More

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Black Diamond Neve Pro Boot Crampons

Ski Mountaineering Tools

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m more skier than mountaineer and generally take powder dreams over summit fever. That said, as the cold snows of winter settle and spring ski mountaineering kicks into gear, a few essential ski mountaineering tools find their way into my pack. Ski Crampons For years, I wondered why anyone would need ski crampons…. Read More

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The backcountry skier

2013 Backcountry Ski Reviews

March is here and our last print issue for the season is on the streets. The Granddaddy Couloir on the Icefields Parkway graces the cover (Ryan Creary photo) and inside you’ll find tales of adventure from Norway to the Canadian Rockies, ode to a mountain dog and sharing the backcountry ski stoke with kids. Of course, the Grumpy Old Shop… Read More

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