Elan Ripstick 106 and Elan Ibex carbon 94 xlt Theres a healthy snowpack in the Northwest and it’s been a great spring for ski testing. We’ve been putting skis from Voile, DPS, Black Diamond, Salomon, Elan and others through the paces on Mt. Hood. Yes, you heard that right Elan is entering the backcountry ski market. It’d been decades since I jumped on… Read More
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The Renewal Workshop Goes Live Have you ever wondered what happens to the jacket or shirt that you sent back to the manufacturer because a zipper or a seam blew out? In a few rare cases, it gets repaired and returned to the consumer by the manufacturer. But, more often than not, returned gear simply ends up destined for the landfill. In… Read More
Tech bindings have evolved quickly over the past few years and the 2017 Outdoor Retailer (OR) show in Salt Lake offered a glimpse of the latest innovations on the tech binding front. Dynafit and Fritschi unveiled new AT tech bindings at OR, while G3 and Salomon continue to refine their offerings. Here’s quick overview: DYNAFIT: The brand that literally invented the… 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
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
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
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
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
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
Efficient Ski Touring Transitions Efficient transitions while ski touring help you manage your time, temperature and gear effectively. Check out this video of Jeff Ward, IFMGA Mountain Guide and co-owner of North Cascade Mountain Guides, as he talks us through several ski touring transitions. Jeff does a great job walking us through the steps and thought process behind efficient transitions between ski… Read More
Rogers Pass Glacier Park Lodge to be Demolished Rogers Pass sits between Revelstoke and Golden, British Columbia on the Trans-Canada Highway. The Pass boasts an annual snowfall in excess of 40 feet and roadside access to some of the best ski touring terrain on the planet. For more than five decades, the Glacier Park Lodge has offered accommodation at the Pass, making… Read More
Sharing the Stoke – Backcountry Skiing with Kids – by Dave Waag “I can’t go any further,” my six-year-old son exclaims with the added drama of excruciatingly slow forward shuffles on the skin track. “Let’s regroup and take a break at the larch tree just ahead,” I offer encouragingly as I look over my shoulder to gauge the whereabouts of my wife… Read More
Off-Piste Mag Editors’ Choice Ski Reviews 2017 – Round I Here’s our first round of Editors’ Choice ski reviews for 2017. We’ve got three boards that are worthy of quiver-of-one status for backcountry skiers: The Voile SuperCharger, The DPS Wailer 106 and the Völkl 90EIGHT. We’d gladly grab any one these boards as our go-to ski for a full season of mixed backcountry… Read More
RIP Trevor Sexsmith Sept 25, 2106 There is no shortage of impressive ski athleticism these days, but every now and then you come across a skier who’s passion for the mountains reflects more than just strong ski skills. Trevor Sexsmith was one of those skiers. He has been quietly skiing impressive lines with inspiring enthusiasm from his home in Golden,… Read More