Buried

Buried

Well, ten days ago we had no snow. Today, we have two to three feet in town depending on where you are. Hood has been hammerd with over five feet in four days. The touring in the high country has not been so great given the amount of new snow. Hazard is high, trail breaking difficult at best. The return… Read More

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Tordrillo Range, AK - joe stock photo

Hans Saari Memorial Fund

  We just received this note from the good folks at Backbone Media regarding the Hans Saari Memorial Fund. Start planning and get your grant applications in by March.     The Hans Saari Memorial Fund (HSMF), a Bozeman based non-profit, reminds ski mountaineers that the deadline for submitting Ski Exploration Grant applications is March 1, 2009. Information on Grants… Read More

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snowroad001

Snow, Avalanche Incidents, Backcountry ski report

Old man winter is currently making his presence known around the country. Along with double digit snow totals in the mountains comes news of the season’s first avalanche deaths. Sad news at any point in the season, the current reports offer a clear indication of current consitions in parts of the western states. you can read more about the incidents from… Read More

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Gamont Veloce, Scarpa T-1 ( 1996 vintage), Garmont Synergy, Black Diamond Seeker

Telemark Boots

The weather is finally beginning to resemble winter around here. If the current storm system tracks as forecasted, we could be skiing any day. The NWAC forecast shows over 2inches of water equivalent in the next two days. We need it, I have boots to test. I have been telemark skiing for about 20 years. Having started in leather boots… Read More

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Mt. Hood photo: Eileen Garvin

Cascade Carnivore Project

Climbing up to 5,500 feet in the Indian Heaven Wilderness just west of Mt. Adams last week led to breathtaking views, a dusting of snow and the remains of a goose. From our perch we had unobstructed views of Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier, Goat Rocks Wilderness and shadowed peak of Mt. Hood, pictured above. My crew was volunteering for the… Read More

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G3 Announces New Ski Program

G3 just announced a new ski program for next season. The program revolves around  their new relationship with ski designer Francois Sylvain.   ". . . Previously the lead designer of Line and Karhu skis, and most recently a consultant for K2, Francois comes to G3 with more than ten years of extensive ski design, construction, and manufacturing experience.    … Read More

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General Backcountry Ski Chatter

General Backcountry Ski Chatter

December is here and our latest issue is on the street. Now, if our local hills could only get some more snow.  Word from Tannis at Sorcerer Lodge in the Selkirks and Aaron up at Sol Mountain in the Monashees is that the high elevation snowpack is coming along, albeit slowly.  Tannis shared this image of skiing at Rogers Pass this week… Read More

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Telemark ski boots

I have been tele skiing for about 20 years. Having started in leather boots and experienced the plastic revolution first hand, I have skied just about every tele boot at one time or another over the years.   Right now, the gear room has four different tele boots: the Garmont Synergy, The Garmont Veloce (a discontinued model), a Scarpa T-1, and the new Black… Read More

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ski bench

Ski Quiver

Although we may not be making turns yet, we have had a good flow of gear in the office the past few weeks and I thought I would offer a look inside our gear room for the season. I will go through everything over the next couple of weeks, but I will start with the big one, skis. I field ski questions daily, and I… Read More

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Avalanche Story

A friend just sent a link to the video embedded below. It is a firsthand account of an avalanche scenario in the Montana backcountry. The story is educational and sobering. The clip is pretty long (30 minutes) but is a compelling account of a day in the backcountry that turned tragic despite a high level of experience within the group.

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skiers of the altai

Skiing in the Shadow of Genghis Khan

In March of 2005, I travelled to the Altai Mountains in Central Asia with Nils Larsen and Naheed Henderson. Located in the northern most reaches of China, bordering Russia, Mongolia and Kazahkstan, the Altai are home to a network of semi-nomadic people. The people of the Altai are a mix of Central Asian cultures and live a simple life based… Read More

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100% Organic Cotton Off-Piste Ball Caps

Off-Piste ball caps

Finally, after years of being asked for them, we now have Off-Piste ball caps. In keeping with current trends these babies are 100% organic cotton and come in two earth friendly colors, brown and jungle. We have two styles, regular ball cap style and corps style. Git ’em while they last – $16 includes shipping order here

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Three-Pin Simplicity

We used the various "free-pivot" telemark bindings for a good part of last season and have continued using them into this season. I have been psyched with the results. Now that they exist, it is hard to believe that it took this long for free-pivot systems to evolve. The bottom line, in my opinion, is that free-pivot or touring bindings evolved because of beefy plastic… Read More

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SKI REVIEW 2007-08

Ski Reviews posted

Although the weather forecast calls for clear weather through Thanksgiving, the hills are starting to look more like winter in these parts. The resorts are opening limited terrain and there is skiing to be had above treeline.     We had a small wax and tune party the other day to get the sticks ready for action. It was warm and… Read More

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Outdoor Research Mithril Stormshell

Hooded Softshells – OR Mithril Stormshell

Softshell fabrics like Schoeller have been gaining momentum for a handful of years now. They are great for ski touring because they really breath. They do not always offer the same protection form the elements that laminated shells offer but the improved breathability is a worthy trade off when your focus is climbing to ski.   The recent surge in… Read More

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