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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STEEP the movie

STEEP the movie

  I had the opportunity to preview STEEP, a new film from Sony Classics. This is not your normal ski porn. STEEP is a high quality documentary film that explores the history and evolution of steep and big mountain skiing. A project by High Ground Productions and the Documentary Group (formed by Peter Jennings), STEEP is a combination of interviews and… Read More

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Book

Ski Related Book Reviews

Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain – Bruce Tremper¬†One the best avalanche safety books available. It has the science, it has the human element. If you are looking to expand your vision in the world of avalanche science, this is the book. Powder Pioneers – Award winning book on Canadian ski history by Chic Scott. From the roots of skiing in… Read More

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Past Video Reviews

Past Video Reviews

Big Mountain Little Skier: Free Heels Big Mountain Little Skier is Nils Larson’s latest movie. Anyone who questions the power of the free heel turn needs to see this movie. Big Mountain Little Skier features free heel skiers pushing the envelope of backcountry skiing the Chugach, Selkirks, and Sierra. The majority of the film is composed of footage earned via… Read More

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