The Wapta Traverse – A Canadian Rockies Classic High Pressure and bluebird conditions prevail and the views stretch as far as my eyes can see in all directions. Dozens of stunning, rocky peaks dressed in white vie for my attention. I wander the ridge toward the summit of a small peak near the Scott Duncan Hut and contemplate the surroundings…. Read More
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.
What’s Your System? Managing Your Human Factor – Joe Stock I’ve never been caught in avalanche. Maybe it’s because I’m good at mountain travel. Maybe it’s because I maintain a healthy margin for error. Maybe it’s luck. In any case, I work hard to avoid avalanches. I’m in the snowy mountains most of winter. The odds are against me. One of the… Read More
It’s Always a Powder Day Somewhere The road comes and goes from my vision as the wind alternately whips the falling snow into a frenzy and wanes to let the flakes follow the call of gravity. I switch between my hi-beams and normal headlights in the hopes that the road comes into better focus as it unfolds beyond the windshield,… Read More
Here’s a few backcountry skier gift ideas from the product testing crew at Off-Piste Mag: Petzl Tikka Headlamp: We’ve abused a lot of different headlamps over the years and hands down the most reliable and functional headlamp we’ve used is the Petzl Tikka. It’s a great blend of compact brightness and just enough options to make it usable for almost… Read More
Just in case you thought telemark skiing was dead, here’s a little freeheel stoke from Jake Sakson – the “last remaining professional big mountain telemark skier” (those are his words). After years on the freeskiing circuit and a very respectable third place finish in the North American Freeskiing World Tour, Sakson has returned to his backcountry roots in search of adventure… Read More
Backcountry skiers can be a curious bunch. We come in a variety of flavors and there are several easy stereotypes to poke fun at. Of course, we all hold traits from multiple stereotypes, but in the spirit of making fun of ourselves, we offer Backcountry Skier Personalities part II – read part I here THE BRO BRAH Few skiers are… Read More
Off Piste Mag Winter 15/16 The new winter 15/16 edition of Off Piste Mag is on its way to subscribers and retail outlets! Inside you’ll find the 2016 Ski Review, the history of skiing with a single pole, a simple beacon search method to improve your search times and more including words of wisdom from the Grumpy Old Shop Guy! The… Read More
Regional snow and avalanche safety workshops have grown in popularity the past few years. Directed at professional and recreational backcountry users, these workshop offer valuable perspectives on a variety of subjects including risk, snow science, human factors, terrain selection, weather, stability evaluation and technological innovations. They are also a great time to connect with the local backcountry scene and expand… Read More
Alpine Singletrack on the Rise Story and Photos by Steve Shannon A hundred kilometers south of Revelstoke, British Columbia, tucked away in an alpine meadow in the Monashee Mountains, sits a growing alpine singletrack hotspot: Sol Mountain Lodge. Sol has operated as a ski touring lodge since 2005 but with the lodge accessible by car after the snow melts, owner, Aaron… Read More
My relationship with energy bars could be described as a love / hate situation. I eat ’em when I have to and appreciate their energy to weight ratio when in the backcountry. But after decades of outdoor adventure, I’ve eaten every bar on the market and I’m picky about what I’ll use. I’m also always on the search for a new… Read More
Every summer we post the previous season’s back issues of Off Piste Magazine and here’s the links for the 2014-15 digital editions. These are digital “page turners” and it’s the same format that our digital subscription uses. Of course, subscribers get the digi editions during the ski season as they are released. You can look at previous seasons’ back issues… Read More
Here’s a little pure ski inspiration – human-powered, big mountain fun in the Canadian Rockies . . .
The new film, Search for Freedom, looks pretty interesting. The Search for Freedom is a story told through the eyes of a group of people who helped create a cultural phenomenon. It is about the freedom that is accessible to everyone; the freedom that comes from living in the moment and doing what makes us feel the most alive. An… Read More
Cascade volcano skiing season is going to be a bit shorter than normal this season due to the low Pacific Northwest snowpack this winter, but the access is opening up earlier than normal. Most access roads are snow-free, but a couple primary ones remain gated as of this week. I’d think this should change soon. In the meantime, you can… Read More
Here’s a cool window into the old-school wooden ski building process. Way to keep the tradition alive . . . Making Traditional Wooden Skis from S Ensby on Vimeo.