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Couloir Skiing with FatMap Mapping Tool

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

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DPS Lotus 124 Spoon powder skis

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

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scarpa f1

Scarpa F1 Ski Boot Review

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

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Mt Bachelor Opens Cloudchaser

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

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DPS Cinematic

DPS Cinematic – Gone Big

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

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efficient skin tracks

Efficient Skin Track Cornering

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.

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Dream Job Avalanche Forecaster

Dream Job – Avalanche Forecaster

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

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Outdoor Research Deviator Hoodie

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

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Tantalus Range – Kye Petersen Ski

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.

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DPS Cinematic

DPS Cinematic – Genesis

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

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Backcountry Skier Gifts

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

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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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smith vantage ski helmet

Gear Review: 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 been known to wear… Read More

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