It was in January 1978 that Karhu introduced their original XCD ski – it was a marriage of Nordic construction and downhill performance into one ski, the XCD. A ski that subsequently launched a genre of skis for karhu. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of their XCD ski program, Karhu invited a group of skiers to the North Cascades… Read More
Climbing skins are an underappreciated tool. We spend more time using them than not using them on most days. However, without skins, ski touring would be a different sport. I have used just about every skin on the market over the years. They all do the job and many of them have had their bouts with bad glue or various… Read More
I spent last weekend with up at Washington Pass in the North Cascades with Bruce Edgerly and Steve Christie from Backcountry Access, the folks behind the Tracker beacon and a variety of other fine ski touring gear. I’m happy to report that the skiing was springlike and the snowpack is as good as it gets for this time of year. We… Read More
I recently returned from a seven day hut trip in Italy through the Ortler region with our friends from North Cascades Mountain Guides. Touring between huts in Europe is much different than any North American equivilant. The rich history of the mountains and the level of comfort offered in the Ortler region huts is unmatched – even in Europe. From esspresso to… Read More
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Insight into the oh so complex charlift mind
I just returned froma little skiing up in the North Cascades and i am happy to report that winter is still in full swing in the mountains. It may feel like spring here in th valley but upper elevations are still producing good winter skiing. We toured a couple days with Larry Goldie of North Cascades Mountain Guides and even spent… Read More
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.
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
I spent the Holidays up in the Monashees at Sol Mountain Lodge. It was my third year of trips to Sol in December. These guys seem to have a super reliable early season snowpack. The snow at the lodge measured three meters when we arrived and it snowed every day we were there. Aside from from the trail breaking issues… Read More
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
I have been out of the computer loop for 10 days and what a great ten days it was. Santa smiled on our crew up at Sol Mountain Lodge in British Columbia’s Monashee Range. For the third year running, Sol Mountain has served up some fine December powder skiing. We measured the snowpack at over 3 meters when we arrived… Read More
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
Better late than never, snow is falling in the NW. Mt Baker is opening, Mt Hood is open and expanding terrain available. Here’s a shot from Max Reitz up in 4 bowl at meadows. They hiked up to catch the latest round of snow . . . We also just got a couple gear items in the office this… Read More
A friend sent this link my way – I heard that the latest Warren Miller film had some footage of paragliding skiers too. I can just imagine what a US resort would say if you tried this here.