Archive | November, 2016

skiing greenland

Guilt Trip – Skiing Greenland

Guilt Trip – Skiing Greenland Mountains, snow, skiing, travel; it’s a seductive combination. Anyone who has travelled afar for adventure or sat in a helicopter or on snowmobile to access a hut or ski terrain has likely heard the voices questioning the value and the bigger picture contribution to climate change. It’s difficult not to think about it at some level. Modern… Read More

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2017 editors' choice ski reviews

Off-Piste Mag Editors’ Choice Ski Reviews 2017 – Round II

Off-Piste Mag 2017 Ski Reviews – Editors’ Choice Round II Here is our second round of 2017 ski reviews and Editors’ Choice picks. We’ve got three boards that you should consider for your backcountry touring needs. We’d gladly consider any of these boards for a day of slashing the pow and you should too. DPS Wailer 112 Tour 1 141-112-128;  178cm, 3kg, $1050 The Wailer 112… Read More

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Gear Review: Smith Vantage Ski Helmet

Smith Vantage Ski Helmet I’ve been slow to adopt a ski helmet for the backcountry. As I’m fond of saying to those who question my lack of helmet, “My head’s not a vital organ, so why worry.” Joking aside, I certainly understand the value of wearing a helmet while skiing. I don’t get on my bike without one, and I’ve… Read More

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Voile Shovel and Probe Giveaway

Voile Shovel and Probe Giveaway We’ve teamed up with Voile to give you a chance to win a Telepack-mini Shovel and Tourlight Avalanche Probe. Just sign up below for our e-news letter (sent more or less monthly) before December 4, 2016 and you will be entered into the drawing. If you already receive our e-news, you can still enter to win the shovels… Read More

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Avalanche Safety - Keep it Simple

Avalanche Safety – Keep it Simple

Avalanche Safety – Keep it Simple NSAW, the Northwest Snow and Avalanche Workshop, was held in late October. As usual, the event was excellent and is a great way to jump start your avalanche safety brain for the season. NWAC recorded all of the presentations this year and recently posted them on their YouTube channel. All of the presentations are high… Read More

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A Skier's Journey Final Episode

A Skier’s Journey – Home

A Skier’s Journey – Crossing Home The final episode of A Skier’s Journey – Crossing Home – follows Chad Sayers and Forrest Coots to British Columbia’s Coast Mountains for a reflective look at the idea of home.  Life on the road ultimately points towards where one started and, for Coots, Sayers and Manley, the start is British Columbia. Embarking on a three-week expedition,… Read More

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Dynafit Radical 2.0 Binding Review

Dynafit Radical 2.0 Binding Review Competition breeds innovation. And as Marker, G3 and Fritschi commit to the tech binding market, Dynafit continues to refine and evolve their binding line-up to keep pace with market demand. Dynafit’s impressive binding offering features more than 10 models ranging from the ultra-light race DNA to the modestly minimalist Speed Radical and the burly pro-freeride edition–the Beast. But it is… Read More

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Dry Skiing

Dry Skiing And now for something completely different . . . dry skiing at its most extreme. While we digest the recent election and look forward to deep winter days, here’s a dose of creative mountain culture energy.  Leave it to the Euros to take rock skiing to new levels. I can’t believe they are not wearing elbow pads and… Read More

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Efficient Ski Touring Transitions

Efficient Ski Touring Transitions Efficient transitions while ski touring help you manage your time, temperature and gear effectively. Check out this video of Jeff Ward, IFMGA Mountain Guide and co-owner of North Cascade Mountain Guides, as he talks us through several ski touring transitions. Jeff does a great job walking us through the steps and thought process behind efficient transitions between ski… Read More

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Rogers Pass Glacier Park Lodge to be Demolished

Rogers Pass Glacier Park Lodge to be Demolished Rogers Pass sits between Revelstoke and Golden, British Columbia on the Trans-Canada Highway. The Pass boasts an annual snowfall in excess of 40 feet and roadside access to some of the best ski touring terrain on the planet. For more than five decades, the Glacier Park Lodge has offered accommodation at the Pass, making… Read More

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Ortovox S1+ avalanche transceiver

Ortovox S1+ Avalanche Beacon

Ortovox S1+ Avalanche Beacon If we find ourselves needing our avalanche beacons for a search, something has gone terribly wrong. Either we underestimated the avalanche hazard, we broke safe travel protocols, we made a poor terrain choice or, quite likely, some combination of the above. Regardless, the first step in recovering from our mistakes is to move into companion rescue mode as quickly and… Read More

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Sharing the Stoke – Backcountry Skiing with Kids

Sharing the Stoke – Backcountry Skiing with Kids – by Dave Waag “I can’t go any further,” my six-year-old son exclaims with the added drama of excruciatingly slow forward shuffles on the skin track. “Let’s regroup and take a break at the larch tree just ahead,” I offer encouragingly as I look over my shoulder to gauge the whereabouts of my wife… Read More

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DPS Skis Cinematic

DPS Skis Cinematic – Reflections

DPS Skis Cinematic – REFLECTIONS Few places deliver epic early season powder ski conditions as reliably as British Columbia’s Monashee Range. We were lucky enough to be up at Sol Mountain Lodge in the Monashee while the DPS Skis crew was filming this edition of the DPS Cinematic series last December. It was a great week of classic, deep Monashee pow, but… Read More

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