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Ski Trab Stelvio Freeride skis in the factory in Bormio

Ski Trab Factory Tour

In April, I was able to visit the Ski Trab factory in Bormio, Italy. I was skiing in the mountains nearby and realized it was much easier to ski into the town than it would be to drive or take a train. Giacomo Trabucchi made his first wooden ski in 1946 and Ski Trab as a company was born. Today,… Read More

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Leather Ski Gloves

I have long been a user of insulated leather work gloves for backcountry skiing. They are inexpensive, offer great dexterity, take a fair bit of abuse, and still seem to keep me warm and dry in most conditions. They are not the best for biting cold or serious storm cycle skiing, but they are excellent for general ski touring.  There are a… Read More

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G3 Alpinist Skins

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

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Karhu Guide Ski

  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

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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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Scarpa Spirit 3 AT Ski Boots

I skied the Scarpa Spirit 3 AT Boot all last season. A three-buckle boot with a touring bias, the boot is a step above the Matrix in the Scarpa line-up, offers Dynafit compatibility, and seemed like a logical step for my next AT boot. The Spirit 3 uses a new strap system that broadens the pull of the straps thus giving… Read More

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Osprey Switch 36 Pack

Osprey Switch 36 Pack

New in 06-07, the Osprey Switch 36 returns for the 07-08 season. I used this pack all last ski season and for a variety of climbs and hikes over the summer. At 36 liters, it has enough space for a big day but packs small for lighter days without feeling like too much pack. A modified top loader design, the… Read More

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