Archive | September, 2014

freeskitv

Quality Ski Footage

This week’s Tuesday Timewaster features quality ski footage from Salomon FreeSki TV. These guys consistently produce high quality ski footage in their clips. Check out the season teaser; they get around.

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Backcountry Skier Personalities

Last year, we ran a piece offering six backcountry skier personalities that garnered a bunch of mail. The personalities included: the Gearhead, Jaded Local, Luddite, Bro Brah, Rando Racer and Newby. More than likely, we all hold traits from a variety of the stereotypes, but in the spirit of making fun of ourselves, here’s a look at the first three:… Read More

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land of no use ski film

Land of No Use

We ran a short news piece on the Land of No Use Project last winter. This movie clip is more interesting story than actual time waster. Read the article to learn more about how this project took shape and the roots of the phrase, Land of No Use. The full ski film is due out this fall. Here’s the trailer:

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techcrampon

TechCrampon 250 – Gear Review

Being more skier than mountaineer, the slogan, “If I can’t climb it, I won’t ski it,”  helps keep me out of trouble. But there are situations when a steep slope may be too firm to climb, but in time will soften into good skiing. Climbing steep firm slopes just requires the right tools, namely boot crampons. But, for many ski–centric… Read More

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AvaTech SP1 Smart Probe

AvaTech SP1 Smart Probe

AvaTech, a new snow and avalanche safety company, announced an interesting new tool today, the SP1 – essentially a smart probe that can profile the snowpack as it descends through the layers. The 150cm long SP1 reads snowpack structure, slope angle and aspect in seconds and then geo-tags the data. The tool is designed to interface with software called AvaNet,… Read More

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apocolypse snow

Apocalypse Snow

This one is a bit long at 24 minutes, but it has some priceless vintage footage. Regis Rolland takes some amazing lines given he’s basically strapped into his board wearing what appear to be moonboots. And who can ever get enough monoboard footage . . . this must have been cutting edge for 1983 in so many ways. I’m surprised… Read More

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off-piste mag editors' choice

2015 Ski Reviews – Off-Piste Magazine

Our 2015 backcountry ski review is a fixture in the first issue of the season (due out Oct 15) but, to help fuel some winter dreams, we thought we’d share some of the details about a few favorites skis from testing. These are our official Editors’ Choice boards.  Subscribe now to get the October issue with our full reviews and lots… Read More

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Rock Skis

The Tuesday timewaster is back. This video gives a whole new meaning to the term rock skis. I’d like to see the edit of spills and thrills; it can’t be pretty.

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scarps freedom sl

Scarpa Freedom SL Review

I’ve run the Scarpa Freedom SL for a full season of testing now, and it continues to live up to its first impressions as an incredibly lightweight and touring friendly alpine ski boot. I do not see it as a dedicated touring boot for a devoted backcountry skier but rather as the best of the crossover boots that provide alpine… Read More

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Marker King Pin AT Binding

Marker King Pin AT Binding

The King Pin, Marker’s new tech-style AT binding is making waves across the internet this week. And for good reason, it sounds pretty cool. The tech toe is similar to the growing crop of tech binding options, but it’s the heel unit that looks to set the King Pin apart. It’s got a full TUV Din certificate for one. Second, it’s… Read More

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