Fabio Wibmer rides Saalbach Well, bad acting aside, this is pretty crazy. Full-tilt ripping on the mountain bike on snow with a full array of acrobatics. I’m guessing a few of these scenes required multiple takes.
The Loners – Northeast Appeal – Backcountry Skiing in Chic Chocs For those of us in the western states, it’s easy to think the backcountry ski universe revolves around us. Lest we get too self absorbed, here’s a look at some dedicated backcountry riders exploring the Chic Chocs on the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec. Looks like fun . . …. Read More
Mountain Coloring Book for Outdoor People A wide variety of outdoor gear and related stuff comes across our desk over the course of a season, but this is the first time we’ve ever seen a coloring book. It’s a mountain coloring book to be specific. And, believe it or not, it’s worth a look. The Mountain Mix Coloring Book is… Read More
We’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; climbing skins are one of the most underrated pieces of gear weuse. Yet without climbing skins, we’d struggle to do what we do – climb up to ski down! I’ve used just about every climbing skin on the market over the years, and I have developed a strong preference for mohair… Read More
Mystery Ranch Patrol 45 Ski Pack The Mystery Ranch Patrol 45 ski pack is a refined piece of history. For those readers old enough to recall the Dana Bomb pack, the Patrol 45 has a familiar air about it. The Bomb pack was the go-to day pack for ski patrol, ski guides and any backcountry skier who appreciated a quality… Read More
Candide Thovex ski film Here’s a new take on skiing or at least sliding on skis . . . I kept waiting for the snow. I guess Thovex is just ahead of his time – he’s ready for the future of climate change and a time when there is no more snow . . . Regardless, it’s impressive.
Tailgate Niner Goggle Case We pack a variety of gear in our packs for a tour, but few things get taken in and out of our packs as much as our goggles. On storm days, goggles are right up there with our skins for getting used and repacked with every transition. We’ve all scratched or otherwise abused a perfectly good… Read More
Fritschi Tecton – Tech binding meets alpine binding ease The latest tech binding to make our test fleet is the Fritschi Tecton. As tech bindings evolve, the designs can be categorized into one of three general categories – minimalist, full-featured and – for lack of a better term – freeride. The Fritschi Tecton binding fits the freeride category. It builds… Read More
Snow Shed Topsheet Wax We’ve all been there – breaking trail with a healthy layer of snow on our ski topsheets, cursing the added weight with every step. It does not seem to matter what your ski topsheet material is or it’s texture; given the right conditions, snow builds up and adds weight to every step as you head… Read More
La Sportiva Synchro AT Ski Boot – a first look It’s no secret that we spend more time climbing uphill than we do skiing down when backcountry skiing. Nonetheless, downhill performance remains high on the AT ski boot requirement list for most backcountry skiers. As a result, our boots need to walk the line between being lightweight and uphill-friendly while… Read More
La Liste – Jérémie Heitz redefines steep skiing. Steep skiing evolves yet again – gone are the days of jump turns and mountaineering style descents. Young Swiss skiing phenom, Jérémie Heitz, sets a new bar for fluid freeriding of 45-55-degree ski lines. La Liste follows Heitz in his pursuit to ski 15 of the Alps’ steepest 4,000-meter peaks in just two ski… Read More
The DPS Ski Film Series – Shadow Campaign Volume IV – Episode 4 The DPS ski film crew travels to Kyrgyzstan for the latest ski film in their Shadow Campaign series, Song for the Nomad. The film highlights the Celestial Mountains of Kyrgyzstan as well as the traditional mountain culture all set to an original musical score. Here’s what DPS has… Read More
Avalanche Safety – Communication in the Backcountry The freezing levels in the Northwest have been on their typical fall rollercoaster ride and, with the ride, the snow has come and gone and come again. Early season skiing has its attraction, but I like to remind myself that there is no rush. That said, plenty of skiers have seized the moment… Read More
Climbing Skin Care Tips Dysfunctional climbing skins are frustrating and can put an early end to your ski tour. Fortunately, most issues can be overcome in the field or, better yet, eliminated completely through proper skin care and use. The following climbing skin care tips will help keep your skins keep doing what they do best, going uphill. 1. Dry/clean skin glue… Read More
Patagonia Snowdrifter Backcountry Ski Pants If you’ve ever ski toured in a pair of Gore-Tex ski pants, you know how little they really breathe when you’re working hard on the uptrack. Unlike our upper layers, no one changes leg layers while out skiing. Backcountry ski pants require breathability to manage the demands of the skin track. Waterproof and breathable sounds… Read More