Scarpa F1 Ski Boot Review I’m no rando racer, but I still have a solid appreciation for the trend in lighter backcountry ski gear. Following design innovations pioneered in the randonee race world, alpine touring boots have, perhaps, benefited the most from slimmed down, lighter designs born of the rando race world. These new svelte boots still offer strong downhill performance and are gaining momentum… Read More
Archive | December, 2016
Mt Bachelor Opens CloudChaser Lift True to its namesake, the new Cloudchaser lift opened to a lifting veil of storm clouds this morning. Most of the east side of Mt. Bachelor was lit up for the opening ceremony, while all lifts west of Pine Marten, including Outback and Northwest, were left under a stormy shroud. This opening in the clouds… Read More
Backcountry Ski Packing List What’s in your ski pack? It’s a question I hear a lot. There’s no sense in carrying more up the hill than you need to, but there are some key items you should always have with you in the backcountry. We’ve put together a backcountry ski packing list for a basic day of ski touring. In… Read More
DPS Cinematic – Gone Big Zack Giffin has led many lives. The quintessential powder bum that went big on skis became a professional athlete, then went even bigger to become a co-host of the television show Tiny House Nation and a national leader in the tiny house movement. But once you’ve gone big, how do you stay true to the… Read More
Setting an efficient skin track requires using the terrain to your advantage and finding the balance between climbing efficiency and skin track angle. A key component of a good skin track is efficient corners. Jeff Ward from North Cascades Mountain Guides walks through the process behind creating rounded and AVA turns in lower to moderate angle terrain.
Off-Piste Mag Gear Pick – Arc’teryx Sawatch Pants The Arcteryx Sawatch pants are a piece gear that works and wears just the way you want it to. These softshells have become my go-to ski touring pants for a variety of reasons. In fact, I’m on my second pair and not because they don’t wear well. But because they fit and feel so… Read More
Dream Job – Avalanche Forecaster An Interview with ChugachNational Forest Avalanche Center Forecaster Wendy Wagner by David Waag We all appreciate the value of our regional avalanche forecast centers and, let’s be honest, who hasn’t dreamed of working as an avalanche professional. It’s all face shots, field observations and free gear right? Well, it turns out there’s a lot more… Read More
Outdoor Research Deviator Hoodie Dressing for a balance between warmth, breathability and wind protection while on the uptrack is part of the art of ski touring. Everyday presents its own weather conditions and demands, but the Outdoor Research Deviator Hoodie handles the job of climate control on the uptrack in a wide variety of conditions. It’s a versatile uphill layer that offers stand-alone protection… Read More
Tantalus Range Ski Stoke Pure ski stoke from the Tantalus Range in British Columbia’s Coast Mountains. An all-star cast of big mountain riders including Kye Petersen, Athan Merrick and Pep Fujas shred like only pros can shred.
DPS Cinematic – Genesis Check out the latest in the DPS Cinematic project of short ski films – Genesis. The crew heads for Alaska’s famed Chugach Range, rising above the rain-soaked primordial forest of lower elevations and rising into the peaks that inspired big mountain skiing. The all-star cast of skiers features Zack Griffin, Santiago Guzman and Piers Solomon. Five minutes of big mountain bliss and… Read More
Skier Gift Ideas ‘Tis the holiday season and time for our annual backcountry skier gifts! We’ve put together a collection of skier-centric items from our product test crew here are at offpistemag – all under $100. Pistil Designs boiled wool toques – $40-$42 You can’t have enough toques in your life. In fact, you can calculate the number you should have… Read More