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Welcome to the home of the backcountry skiing blog from Off-Piste Magazine. Here we post backcountry ski gear reviews, feature stories and avalanche safety advice, plus ski news, events and more.


Off-Piste Back Issue PDF’s

We get a lot of inquires for back issues. Rather than charge money to ship them out, we offer them online as PDF downloads. All back issues are available here. We only offer PDF’s for previous seasons. Current season issues are available at ski shops or by subscription. The idea here is to encourage you to subscribe and support what… Read More

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Avalanche Incident Report

In late January, an avalanche near the Eisman Hut in Colorado’s Gore Range buried three folks (one skier, two boarders) out touring. All three survived. The story is pretty interesting and worth reading. The guys involved did a variety of things wrong, but obviously, given their survival, they did a few things right, too. Hopefully, the incident report does more… Read More

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Bend Backcountry Alliance

The Bend Backcountry Alliance is working to protect human powered access in the Century Drive corridor around Mount Bachelor.  The Forest Service is proposing the construction of a massive sno-park at Kapka Butte. This will add more snowmobiles to the Century Drive corridor but will not address the safety, parking, and access needs of skiers. If you are familiar with… Read More

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Off-Piste Mag - The Backcountry Skier

Telefest, Off-Piste XL, Ski Report

 The third issue of Off-Piste is off to the printer and is scheduled to ship next week. If you subscribed in the past couple of weeks, your subscription will begin with the new issue. The new issue includes, shovels, an interview with Wally (founder of Voile Equipment), cautionary avalanche tales, cloud microphysics, great imagery and more. Subscribe now to get… Read More

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Tordrillo Range, AK - joe stock photo

Hans Saari Memorial Fund

  We just received this note from the good folks at Backbone Media regarding the Hans Saari Memorial Fund. Start planning and get your grant applications in by March.     The Hans Saari Memorial Fund (HSMF), a Bozeman based non-profit, reminds ski mountaineers that the deadline for submitting Ski Exploration Grant applications is March 1, 2009. Information on Grants… Read More

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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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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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Issue 39 December 2008 - cover image - Will Wissman

December Issue of Off-Piste

Well, I wish I was posting a ski trip report, but recent temps pushing 60 degrees have not been too cooperative for the snowpack. Nonetheless, we just wrapped up the December issue and sent it off to our printer. The new issue takes a look at June Mountain, CA, a successful traverse of the Tordrillo range in Alaska, interpreting weather station… Read More

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Omar cuts out the ski shape on the bandsaw with the help of shop teacher, John Hadley

Ski Building 101

Ever wanted to build your own skis? Well, John Hadley, a shop teacher at a local high school here in the Columbia Gorge, is building skis (and snowboards) with high school students in a class he teaches called Materials Science. It is the second year he has offered the ski building class, and it is impressive. With support from local company Innovative Composite… Read More

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Yeti Tracks in Nepal

I saw this tidbit in the news today and thought it deserved sharing: A team of Japanese adventurers say they have discovered footprints they believe were made by the legendary yeti, which is said to roam the Himalayan regions of Nepal and Tibet. Full Story here 

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Cooks Meadow Trail crew - mountain bike trail work day

Trail building: It

    The sound of chainsaws echoed off the trees in the Mt. Hood National Forest this past weekend as locals stocked up on firewood. They were getting ready for winter, but I was with three dozen people preparing for spring.   We joined Jim Thornton, Barlow Ranger District Recreation Trails Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, to help build a new section… Read More

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Sol Mountain Lodge Fall 2008

Fall News and Update from the Monashees

Colorado kicked off the North American ski season today with both A-Basin and Loveland Pass firing up the chair-lifts.  Although skiing groomers on man-made snow is not really my idea of skiing, it does allow for making turns, and it is fun to think that skiing is getting closer.   We got word from Aaron up at Sol Mountain Lodge… Read More

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Mt Alpenglow from the Alyeska Hostel in Girdwood, AK

photos from alaksa and mt hood

Tales of snow are rolling in from around the western states. This shot of Mt. Alpenglow from the Alyeska Hostel in Girdwood, AK takes the cake though. Jeremy from the hostel had this to say about life in Girdwood this week. Well, we got our first taste last night as the quarter size flakes started dropping at an official "dumping rate". We… Read More

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Off-Piste Issue XXXVIII - October 2008 - cover photo by Will Wissman

Off-Piste Issue 38

The first issue of the season ships next week. As usual, it includes our annual ski review in addition to a variety of other content including, Ask the PT, Demystifying ENSO, and an interview with the new manager and owners of Whitewater Ski Resort. If you have not subscribed or renewed your subscription yet, do it this week to ensure… Read More

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The Nordic Glacier above Sorcerer Lodge in the Selkirks

News from the Selkirks

A winter (or at least wet) weather pattern has pushed out our sunny fall weather here in Oregon for the time being. Snow levels are forecast to bounce between say five and seven thousand feet this coming week. Tannis up at Sorcerer Lodge in the Selkirks reports that the glaciers above the lodge have new snow on them and seem… Read More

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