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
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.
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.
Here’s a quick time waster for your Tuesday. Volcano Skiing.
In this winter of lackluster storms and roller coaster temps around the West, I have learned one lesson over and over: the mountains always deliver. A mid-March trip to Powder Creek Lodge on the west slope of British Columbia’s Purcell Range was a great example of this lesson. The snow gods had been fickle for almost two full months, and so… Read More
Mountain Accord Seeks to Solve One Wasatch Debate deadline for comment extended to MAY 1, 2015 No one disputes that the Wasatch Mountains are a valuable resource, but the future of how to protect, preserve and best utilize the resources the Wasatch have to offer is the center of much debate. Mountain Accord, a public process bringing together more than… Read More
It’s the time of year when ski deals can be had at your local shop and online. So, to help in your quest for the right quiver of one or quiver builder set of boards, we offer our full 2015 ski reviews for your consumption. Backcountry skis are lighter and more versatile than ever. A combination of rocker profile, tip… Read More
We traveled to the annual ski industry show to check out the latest backcountry ski gear and backcountry offerings continue to grow. Last year, avalanche airbag packs were all the buzz, while this year the focus was more on staple gear like skis, boots bindings and base layers. Also notable was the presence of companies like Salomon, Atomic and Fischer… Read More
Climbing Skin Care Tips Dysfunctional climbing skins are frustrating and can put an early end to your ski tour. Fortunately, most issues can be overcome in the field or, better yet, eliminated completely through proper skin care and use. The following climbing skin care tips will help keep your skins doing what they do best, going uphill. 1. Dry/clean skin glue is… Read More