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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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aerial view of burn around cloudcap mt hood or

more news

October is almost upon us and our first issue for the season ships October 15. Thanks to everyone who has renewed their subscriptions in recent weeks or subscribed for the first time . If you ordered other shwag with your subscription, the schwag will ship first and the first issue of the season will follow on the 15th. We just… Read More

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French Glacier, Kananaski, AB - photo David Begg

Fall Ski Update

Well, despite recent fires in our local area, winter is creeping up on us. David Begg at Yamnuska Mountaineering in Canmore, AB sent us this image of recent snows on the French Glacier in Kananaskis. Word is that the Canadian Rockies have seen numerous early dustings already this fall. With winter approaching we are busy getting the first issue of… Read More

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Proposed Tumalo Backcountry Recreation Area

Tumalo Butte, OR

The Winter Wildlands Alliance has a new action item¬†of interest to¬†backcountry skiers in the Bend, OR area. Local skiers are looking to create a dedicated non-motorized area around Tumalo Butte, called the Tumalo Backcountry Recreation Area. TUMALO Butte BACKOUNTRY RECREATION ZONE Proposal Presented to Deschutes National Forest Supervisor John Allen on May 8th, 2008 Some winter recreationists (snowmobilers, dog sledders,… Read More

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2007-08 Season Off-Piste Mag Covers

2007-08 Back Issues

Off-Piste is available for free in retail shops and we encourage you to SUBSCRIBE to receive the mag at home. Your subscription is very important in supporting the finest ski mag around for backountry skiers. In recognition of the dirtbag element that has driven the backcountry scene for so long, we always make back issues available online in pdf format… Read More

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early season powder skiing

Gittin’ some

  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

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14er movie

We have been getting feedback that our rss feed and our comments area were not working. We did a little troubleshooting this weekend and believe we have both up and running properly. Thanks for letting us know and thanks for visiting the site. We posted a preview of Chris Davenport’s Ski the 14ers book back in September, well word is there… Read More

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