Following up the last post about an industry ski day spent testing the latest SCARPA Maestrale RS AT boot and the new G3 SENDr 112 ski, lets look at the latest edition of the SCARPA Maestrale. Testing new gear is always a good time, but being able to test gear with the very people who helped bring the product to market is… Read More
Outdoor Retailer, the annual gathering of outdoor gear/clothing manufacturers and industry pros, was held in Salt Lake last week. We checked out a wide variety of cool new and upcoming products at the show, but one of the highlights was a day of skiing in the Uintas Mountains with SCARPA, G3 and Park City Powder Cats to test the new… Read More
Patagonia Stretch Nano Storm vs Nano Air An insulated jacket is on the must-have list for backcountry skiing. It’s the layer that keeps you warm during breaks or transitions and offers a safety margin should you end up having to wait out a repair, deal with an injury or adjust to changing weather. I’ve developed a preference for synthetic insulation… Read More
Ski Clothes for Kids – setting kids up for the backcountry A big part of getting kids to enjoy backcountry skiing is making sure they have good ski clothes, so they stay warm and dry. We (adults) take managing our body temp and comfort level for granted, but kids have to learn how to manage uphill and downhill comfort. It’s not… Read More
When the snow conditions are firm, nothing offers uphill security like ski crampons or, as they say in German, ”harscheisen”. Check out the video from the American Mountain Guide Association about when to use ski crampons. Ski crampons attach to your bindings (or ski as in some aftermarket telemark solutions) and pivot under foot as you skin up the hill,… Read More
Xavier De Le Rue was tired of big production ski videos and embarked on a little DIY project with the hopes of more skiing and less computer time. Here’s a short clip skiing a couloir on the Mont Blanc Massif. The line and skiing are cool for sure, but check out the FatMap tool that they use to plan and… Read More
DPS Lotus 124 Spoon When asked for backcountry ski recommendations, I often turn the conversation to where the ski will see most of its use. And for most of us, this means mixed snow conditions, which usually leads to talking about skis in an all-purpose backcountry range of something like 100-114 mm underfoot. It’s the rare person who is looking for a… Read More
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
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.
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.