Archive | December, 2014


Avalanche Beacon Testing

We’ve been practicing with an assortment of current model avalanche beacons for an upcoming article in the print magazine. The bulk of our testing has focused on mid-level beacons aimed at solid recreational users like the BCA Tracker 3, Barryvox Element, Ortovox 3+ and Pieps DSP Sport. All of these avalanche beacons feature three-antenna technology and a signal marking function (suppression… Read More

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Revenge of the Telemarkers – a telemark ski movie

Telemark Ski Movie Free the heel and the mind will follow . . . was the mantra of the the telemark movement as it took hold in the 80’s and 90’s. And for those who embraced the early freeheel days, it took an open mind to will those long, narrow skis into action with a set of leather lace-up boots. Strong thighs helped… Read More

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Dynafit Vulcan Pant

The Dynafit Vulcan Pant arrived here at the office this fall. It’s a new softshell backcountry ski pant and part of a broader line of clothing that Dynafit launched in the US this year. While I haven’t had them on snow too much yet, I have put them through the paces this fall. I’m a firm believer in softshell pants for… Read More

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Downing Mountain Lodge – early season update

We just got an update from John up at Downing Mountain Lodge above the Montana’s Bitterroot Valley. They got a decent snowpack building and have been out on skis. Here’s what John had to say . . . Last week’s Thanksgiving storm dumped a foot of powder on a solid base above 6500′ and we’ve been skiing settled powder since…. Read More

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Backcountry Skier Gift ideas under $50

Backcountry Skier Gift Ideas Here’s a few backcountry skier gift ideas for under $50 from the product testing crew at Off-Piste Mag: Buff: Simple and super functional, a Buff is a scarf, a hat, a neck gaiter and more. Best of all, it’s lightweight and goes a long way to keeping you warm on a stormy day in the backcountry… Read More

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Sol Mountain Lodge – early season report

We just got word (and photos!) from Aaron up at Sol Mountain Lodge that they enjoying a great start to the ski touring season. Here’s what he had to say … The lodge staff flew in on November 22 to prep the for the first trip of year. They arrived to a below average snowpack of only 125 cm at… Read More

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