Archive | October, 2015

All In Ski movie

All In Ski Movie

All In Ski Movie The weather has made the switch toward ski season here in the Pacific Northwest and the ski dreaming is on in earnest. Here’s some ski stoke from the Will Wissman and the crew at Stellar Media in the form of ALL IN. It’s a collection of ski movie shorts – part I into the Idaho backcountry, part II… Read More

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patagonia snowdrifter ski pack

Patagonia Snowdrifter Ski Pack 40L

Choosing a ski touring pack is not rocket science: you need room for the basics – warm layers, food, water, skins and avalanche safety gear – plus misc tour-specific gear. Add in some skier-specific favorite items and it’s easy to fill a basic day pack. Regardless, most of us can pack everything we need in a 30- to 40-liter model…. Read More

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The Warmth of Winter – Skiing Japan

As if any of us needs another reason to dream about skiing Japan, DPS, Outdoor Research and Gore-Tex offer six minutes of temptation to book now. Three wanderers emerge from a raging Hokkaido storm, and are drawn into the light and the warmth of a mysterious doorway. The snow flies and the wind beats against the walls, but here, in… Read More

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Backyard Roots – Episode 001 ski film

It’s easy to get jaded about the Jet-A fueled, cliff hucking ski film world; a little goes a long way. It’s refreshing to see a more homespun effort that includes enviable backcountry terrain and skiers working hard to make it happen. Patience is a Virtue is a nice short grassroots ski film that hits the DIY target. These two live in Cooke… Read More

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t-bar films

Off-Season with T-Bar Films

With summer turning to fall and winter on the horizon, the off-season is almost behind us. The next month or two offer a chance to savor the last warmth of the sun and anticipate the ski days to come. Here’s a short film that pays tribute to the off-season from T-Bar Films, an independent media cooperative founded by brothers Elliot… Read More

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Jumbo Wild – Sweetgrass Productions

JUMBO WILD We’ve all been witness to the classic them-versus-us scenario of mountain development in the name of economic progress. Jumbo Wild, a new film by Sweetgrass Productions and backed by Patagonia, digs into the story of Jumbo Glacier Resort, a proposed ski resort development in British Columbia’s Purcell Mountains. On the surface, the Jumbo story is a classic development… Read More

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Avalanche Safety – Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting The importance of a clear plan and conditions dialogue – Larry Goldie, IFMGA Mountain Guide, North Cascades Mountain Guides When asked why they are taking an avalanche safety class, the number one response I hear from students is, “to be safer in the backcountry.” While you can argue that this is a difficult task in a three-day course,… Read More

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Northwest Avalanche Center

Fall Avalanche Safety Workshops

Regional snow and avalanche safety workshops have grown in popularity the past few years. Directed at professional and recreational backcountry users, these workshop offer valuable perspectives on a variety of subjects including risk, snow science, human factors, terrain selection, weather, stability evaluation and technological innovations. They are also a great time to connect with the local backcountry scene and expand… Read More

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