There are several events comming up in March this year. First there are a couple of interest to Mt Hood area tele skiers. March 4th - Tele Tuesday at Mt Hood Ski Bowl - www.mountainshop.net March 15th - Mt Hood Meadows Classic Tele Race. Full details here March 15th - Black Diamond Powder Keg - Full Details here
Monday, February 25, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
The folks at Sol Mountain Touring just gave me a heads up on some standby rates for a couple trips in march and april - These guys are great. If you have the time - they have some good pricing on these dates - just give them a shout.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I just got a note from Winter Wildlands Alliance. They are putting together a hut trip to the Tornak Hut near Sun Valley, ID and have some last minute space available. The trip is fully catered and guided! Proceeds go to support Winter Wildlands. Check the flyer here for more details - Tornak Hut Trip Details
Thursday, February 14, 2008
The 2007-2008 winter has been full bore here in the Northwest. Hood's snowpack is repoted to be pushing 200 inches at the ski areas. As I have talked about earlier this season, the avalanche fatality toll in North America has also been higher than normal. The snowpack here in the NW has seen more layering than normal and many areas of the country have had significant avalanche cycles that have taken their toll.
The Canadian Avalanche Center recently released an in-depth report on persistent weak layers that are widespread in western Canada. The daily avalanche forecast does not have the space to offer such an in-depth look at such layers so mountain guide Karl Klassen and the Canadian Avalanche Association have prepared a seperate article on this year's persistent weak layers that exist in the snowpack in many areas of the western Canadian mountains. Klassen and the CAC hope this article will serve as a valuable reference for anyone planning backcountry activities in BC or Alberta this winter. I highly recommend it for anyone heading north for a hut trip or any touring excusions. Persistent Weak Layers Article
Sunday, February 10, 2008
The January issue of Off-Piste includes an interview with Chip Chase from White Grass in West Virginia. Chip is a force in the nordic ski world and the number of people e-mailing to get a copy of this issue is a good indicator of his influence on skiers. We do not typically post content from the current season's printed mag online, but given the interest in this interview, I have posted a PDF copy here. The above photo is Chip's son Morgan on a pair of no-edge waxless skis having some fun at White Grass.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Just when you think that skis are fat enough, the next round of boards comes out. I have been skeptical about needing more ski underfoot than say 100 or 105mm but several companies are offering such skis. The Black Diamond Megawatt is 153 – 125 - 130 and looks like a reverse camber spatula type board. Closer inspection shows that it is actually a flat cambered ski with a rockered tip. Believe it or not these skis are hoot and not simply in bottomless snow. They manage to be lively and skiable in a variety of conditions.
Voile also showed a super fatty at the show this year, the Asylum 159-112-144. They only had the Asylum in a 194cm length and I did not get out on them. According to Voile, the Asylum may be available in more sizes and the final dimensions may evolve a bit too. Voile is also going to offer both of their skis with the option of traditional flat decks for AT binders or with inserts for tele binders. The move back to inserts is driven by active telemark bindings and the force put on binding mounts. Inserts offer the strongest mount possible thus eliminating binding pullout. Bottom line is if it skis anything like the Insane (138-103-128), it will be a choice deep snow tool.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
A little industry news today. Spyder, known for their alpine racer clothing, has aquired Cloudveil Mountain Works, Credited with starting the modern day soft shell revolution, Cloudveil was founded in Jackson Hole in 1997. According to the press release, Cloudveil will remain a separate brand entity and operate as a wholly owned, independent division of Spyder Active Sports. Cloudveil’s founders, President Brian Cousins and Vice President Stephen Sullivan have signed multi-year contracts to continue in their respective roles within the new organization.
Full details are here
Monday, February 04, 2008
Telepalooza is gearing up to be a big event this year. The event is hosted by Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaksa March 28-30. This three day celebration brings together friends, families and members of the telemark community for a weekend of telemark clinics, races, demonstrations, live music and lots of fun Grand prize for the raffle this year: a trip to Valkyr Adventures Lodge in B.C.! www.valkyradventures.com . Second prize: a backcountry heli drop for two from...