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New Voile Drifter ski - with new school rocker . . .

More OR trade show tidbits

There are still a few details from the tradeshow that I have not posted because I have been busy getting the fourth issue of the season ready for the printer, but I thought I would grab a moment this morning to share a couple items. First, Voile unveiled new graphics for their Insane and Asylum models as well as a… Read More

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08-09 Backcountry Ski Review

I’ve been getting a lot of requests to load our 0809 ski review on the web. Remember, you can always subscribe and request the October issue, but in the mean time; here is the oft requested 0809 Off-Piste Mag backcountry ski review. Our ski testing is not comprehensive, but we feel we offer a good cross section of the backcountry skis… 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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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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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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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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