Archive | October, 2014

rogers pass backcountry ski guidebook

Rogers Pass Backcountry Ski Guidebook

The Rogers Pass backcountry is one of the largest and most accessible backcountry ski playgrounds on the planet. It lies between Revelstoke and Golden, British Columbia in the storied Selkirk Mountains and boasts an annual snowfall in excess of 40 feet. If you have ever ski toured on the Pass, you know how vast it is and how quickly you… Read More

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Ski Swap Season

It’s time to clear out the gear closet; ski swap season is underway. Here are a few ski swap buying and selling tips. Sellers: 1. Don’t be greedy, ask a fair price and share a deal 2. Clean your gear up – give it a little shine 3. Better to sell your unwanted gear at a low price than not… Read More

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Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid Shell Review

The Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid shell walks the line between highly breathable softshell and waterproof-breathable three-layer jacket. I’m a longtime advocate of ditching full-on waterproof-breathable gear in favor of more breathable softshells, but new hybrid designs like the Dawn Patrol Hybrid let you maintain key storm protection in your bag of tricks. The shell uses highly breathable Schoeller stretch-woven… Read More

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Skiing Iceland

Skiing Iceland – Salomon FreeSki TV While we’re waiting for the snow to fall, might as well dream about ski trips. Here’s one for the late winter or early spring calendar, skiing Iceland. Iceland is the youngest land mass on earth and offers enough pristine mountains and treeless terrain to keep you busy for at least a couple-week-long adventure.  I… Read More

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Buried by Ken Wylie – Book Review

Here’s the review of the new book Buried by Ken Wylie that appeared in the October issue. Buried by Ken Wylie Rocky Mountain Books – $25 January 2003 was a deadly month in British Columbia’s Selkirk Mountains. A total of 14 backcountry skiers and boarders died in the range that month in two separate avalanche accidents. The first incident took… Read More

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Off-Piste Mag Issue 62 – Fall 2014

The Fall 2014 issue of Off-Piste Mag is in the mail to subscribers and shops this week. Hard to believe it’s issue 62, but it’s true. The cover shot of skier Will Cardamone was taken by Jay Beyer while in Hokkaido, Japan filming with the Powderwhore Crew. Inside, we’ve got the annual 2015 Ski Review complete with seven editors’ choice boards… Read More

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Afterglow – Sweetgrass Productions

Afterglow – Sweetgrass Productions UPDATE OCTOBER 20 – Full Afterglow film now available I enjoy a ski movie as much as the next guy, but it’s easy to appear a little jaded now and then as the genre is generally pretty predictable. During the past handful of years we’ve actually seen some innovative approaches to ski films, and  leave it… Read More

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From the Road

Today (October 15) is the day to catch the full film From the Road by Dynafit. Link to full film From the Road follows a group of Dynafit athletes as they travel to Alaska’s Chugach Mountains. The trip marks the first time Dynafit’s Eric Henderson has returned to the scene where he took a serious fall and broke his neck while working as… Read More

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El Nino 2014-15 Update

NOAA recently released its most current El Niño 2014-15 update. And, no real surprise, it’s in a holding pattern that appears to favor a weak El Niño building by January. It’s about the same statement that was released a month ago. Of course, there’s plenty reason to question any long-range forecast. Nonetheless, I find myself compelled to read such discussions; it’s part curiosity… Read More

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Praise Ullr Sticker

Ullr Stickers from Off-Piste Mag

Check out our new Ullr Stickers! Ullr is My Co-Pilot and Praise Ullr. Who’s Ullr you ask? Ullr, god of choice among skiers – is a pre-Viking era Norse God who kept fine company with the likes of Odin, Thor and Skadi. Among his many skills, of course, is skiing. His name is often invoked in the name of snow… Read More

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Backcountry Ski Gloves

Good backcountry ski gloves need to be durable and not too warm, yet still able to handle storm conditions. Of course, a glove’s warmth rating is subjective with weather and personal preference playing big roles. Some  skiers use a two-glove system – lightweight gloves for the up and warmer gloves for the down, while others prefer to run one pair of… Read More

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Backcountry Ski Packs

Last winter, we took 10 backcountry ski packs (non-airbag) for an extended spin. The line-up included packs from Arcteryx, Black Diamond, Cilo Gear, Deuter, Exped, Gregory, Jones and Mammut, Ortovox and Osprey.  Here excerpts from the reviews and a link to the full backcountry ski pack review – pdf. Arc’teryx Khamski 38; $299 Weight: 3lb The newly revamped Khamski 38… Read More

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Commercial film and photo permit fees

The United States Forest Service (USFS) recently announced plans to adopt new commercial film and photo permit fees for use in designated wilderness areas. The announcement raised the ire of news agencies and journalists as the plan’s initially vague details made it appear that permits could apply to news coverage and documentary journalism. Some of the concern stems from a… Read More

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