Archive | October, 2013

deviation ski

Deviation Skis – boutique skis from Portland, OR

Continuing with our side project to visit and highlight local ski related businesses, I recently made a trip to new boutique ski builder, Deviation, located in Gresham, Oregon, not far from the flanks of Mount Hood. The crew behind Deviation hails from various locales but chose the Portland area to centralize and launch their brand of made-to-order boutique skis and… Read More

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Valhalla

Naked Skiing

In case you haven’t heard or seen, the new Sweetgrass Productions ski movie, Valhalla, includes some impressive naked skiing footage. We’re not just talking sunny day groomers either. These guys and gals are living it up off-piste and in the pow.  In the words of co-director, Nick Waggoner, …”I’m in my twenties goddammit, and this is exactly what I’m supposed… Read More

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powder skiing

12 Months Skiing in the Bag

The weather gods delivered October snow, so we seized the day and slipped out to seal the deal of 12 consecutive months of skiing for the fam. The weather wasn’t glorious, but the snow was soft, carvable and fresh. The quest for year-round skiing is not really all that difficult here in the Northwest. Just pick your nearest volcano and drag… Read More

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black diamond coefficient hoody

Black Diamond CoEfficient Hoody

The Black Diamond CoEfficient Hoody has become my go-to layer for just about everything from technical pursuits to just plain hanging out. The last time a piece of technical clothing worked its way into my everyday life as deeply as this fleece was my old Patagonia Puffball vest, which I still wear. Though Black Diamond has dabbled in clothing over… Read More

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nikwax dwr treatment

Renew Your Outerwear Nikwax DWR Treatment

Nikwax DWR Treatment – Renew Your Ski Jacket Given the rate of rainfall here at the office, the seasons have changed for real. There’s snow in them there hills and it’s time to get your gear in order for another season of backcountry adventure. If your favorite ski jacket has lost its like-new glow, you can give new life to… Read More

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