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Mountain culture books about skiing, climbing and mountains reviewed by Off-Piste Mag – guide books, fiction, non-fiction

training for the new alpinism

Training for the New Alpinism

Book Review: Training for the New Alpinism: A Manual for the Climber as Athlete Steve House and Scott Johnston $35.00 from Patagonia Books “You can’t coach desire, and no matter how fancy your training plan or how high your stated goals are, it comes down to getting out the door and doing the work day after day.” – Steve House… Read More

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rogers pass backcountry ski guidebook

Rogers Pass Backcountry Ski Guidebook

The Rogers Pass backcountry is one of the largest and most accessible backcountry ski playgrounds on the planet. It lies between Revelstoke and Golden, British Columbia in the storied Selkirk Mountains and boasts an annual snowfall in excess of 40 feet. If you have ever ski toured on the Pass, you know how vast it is and how quickly you… Read More

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Buried by Ken Wylie

Buried by Ken Wylie – Book Review

Here’s the review of the new book Buried by Ken Wylie that appeared in the October issue. Buried by Ken Wylie Rocky Mountain Books – $25 January 2003 was a deadly month in British Columbia’s Selkirk Mountains. A total of 14 backcountry skiers and boarders died in the range that month in two separate avalanche accidents. The first incident took… Read More

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Climbing and Skiing Colorado

Climbing and Skiing Colorado’s Mountains – 50 Select Descents

The Colorado Rockies have a long history of climbing and skiing and there are many lifetimes of descents to be earned within the state’s boundaries. Climbing and Skiing Colorado’s Mountains – 50 Select Ski Descents aims to help you select some of the best. While well known for its fourteeners, Colorado is, of course, full of countless lower elevation peaks…. Read More

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Avalanche Essentials by Bruce Tremper

Avalanche Essentials

There’s no shortage of books on avalanche safety, and Utah Avalanche Center Director, Bruce Tremper, is the author of one of the best, Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain. One thing books like Staying Alive and others lack, however, is a readability and first person approach that appeals to readers with a less technical background or approach. This readable, first person… Read More

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backcountry ski guide washington

Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes Washington

Given the level of backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering occuring today, few mountains in the lower 48 states have been left unexplored. Nonetheless, the Washington Cascades remain one of the more wild and raw ranges south of the 49th Parallel. Writing a guidebook to skiing Washington’s Cascade Range that represents the current level of skiing and exploration taking place is… Read More

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Whistler, BC Ski Touring Guide

Plan your BC ski trips – Whistler, Rogers Pass, Selkirks

We love to ski in our local stashes but, when the road beckons, it’s hard to beat backcountry skiing in Canada. If you’ve got the itch to head north this winter, check out our reviews of the Whistler Ski Touring Guide, the Rogers Pass Winter Map and Chic Scotts Summits and Icefields 2 to help plan your ski roadtrip The Whistler & Area… Read More

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Alaska Factor Ski Guide

The Alaska Factor – Backcountry Skiing in AK

On my first trip to Alaska, my ski partners and I began referring to the scale of everything in AK as the Alaska Factor. Distances are longer, the mountains are bigger and the commitment required to complete any goal just seemed to be greater than we were used to in the lower 48. And as Joe Stock, author of The… Read More

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Backcountry ski guide - Summits and Icefields

Summits and Icefields I Ski Guide

Following up on last week’s Chic Scott post, here’s a review of the first volume of the new Summits and Icefields I ski guide. Book – Summits & Icefields 1 Alpine Ski Tours in the Canadian Rockies by Chic Scott with Mark Klassen 344 pages, www.rmbooks.com, $29.95 If you’ve spent any time ski touring in Western Canada, or even day… Read More

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A Far White Country - NW Skiing History Project

A Far White Country – NW Skiing History Project

  We received word from Lowell Skoog that he has completed another chapter of his on-line history of Northwest skiing. Here is the scoop from Lowell: "A Far White Country" My previous chapter ("The Ski Climbers") dealt with events between about 1928 and 1948.  In this chapter, I’ve jumped back to the beginning, roughly the years between 1890 and 1920. … Read More

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Written in Snows - Lowell Skoog Northwest Skiing History Project

Written in the Snows – Northwest Skiing History

Lowell Skoog, Northwest ski mountaineer and dedicated ski historian, has just published the first chapter in his ongoing Northwest skiing history project, Written in the Snows, on-line. Here is what he has to say about the project:    

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50 classic ski descents

Fifty Classic Ski Descents

We just got word of a cool new book due out in November, Fifty Classic Ski Descents. We should have a copy in time to get a full review in the December issue of the mag. In the meantime, here is the general beta: www.wolverinepublishing.com $60 The book is a large-format compilation of iconic and aesthetic ski descents from Alaska… Read More

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Beyond the Mountain by Steve House

Beyond the Mountain

The December issue of Off-Piste mag featured a review of Beyond the Mountain  by Steve House. Looking for some spring reading, check it out. Steve house is one of the world’s premier alpine climbers. He has set a high standard for style and achievement in the mountains. His approach to the mountains centers on a low impact, self-reliant alpine style… Read More

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deep powder steep rock

Book Review: Deep Powder and Steep Rock

Deep Powder and Steep Rock – The Life of Mountain Guide Hans Gmoser by Chic Scott Hans Gmoser was a pioneer in the world of alpine adventure. Raised in Austria during World War II, Gmoser moved to Canada at age 19 and proceeded to pursue his dreams in the mountains. He went on to claim countless first ascents including epic… Read More

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