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Setting Up a Backcountry Repair Kit

Backcountry Repair Kit - Pack Light or Go Big? Have you ever had a gear failure in the field? Fortunately, modern backcountry ski gear is pretty robust stuff. I can count the number of significant gear failures I've experienced or witnessed on one hand – and most of those were back in my dedicated telemark ski days. Nonetheless, a basic backountry repair kit should make your packing list. Gear failure might not happen often, but it does happen – be it due to abuse, accident or simple wear and tear. A basic repair kit is lightweight and easy to assemble. An Ounce of Prevention Before putting together an extensive backcountry repair kit with one of everything in it, consider that a little prevention goes a long…

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Ogso Couturier Ski – Tip Rise Meets Camber and Control

Tip Rise Meets Camber and Control If you’re not familiar with Ogso skis, it’s time to get acquainted. Based in Chamonix, France, Ogso Mountain Essentials is a rising new ski brand that makes a range of very fun and versatile touring skis – read more about Ogso and our review of the Ogso Schwarztor ski, which we awarded a qiver-of-one label…. Read More

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Outdoor Research Skyward II Jacket and Pants – Do-it-All Shell Jacket and Pants

Breathability vs Weather Protection When evaluating waterproof, breathable outerwear, the question is rarely how waterproof a jacket is, rather it’s whether the jacket is actually breathable enough to keep you comfortable while working hard on the skin track. Breathability, however, is a somewhat relative term. We all heat up and sweat at different rates, and some breathable membranes are simply… Read More

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Leather Ski Gloves

Leather Ski Gloves Put your skins on. Take your skins off. Buckle your boots. Loosen your boots. Fuss with your bindings. Open your pack. Eat a snack. Take a photo. A typical day in the backcountry asks a lot of our gloved hands – far more than a day at the resort. Good gloves for backcountry skiing need to be… Read More

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Ultralight Puffy Jacket – Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody

Ultralight Synthetic Insulation Down vs Synthetic A  puffy or insulated jacket is essential gear for backcountry skiing. Ask a skier if they prefer down or synthetic, and you’ll find less consensus. While synthetic insulation is more durable, stays warm when wet and is better suited to the repeated stuffing and re-stuffing that a puffy experiences in the life of a… Read More

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Osprey Soelden 32 Snow Pack – A Dedicated Backcountry Ski Pack

Osprey Soelden 32 Backcountry Ski Pack Skins. Shovel. Probe. Layers. Goggles. Food. Water. Check. Packing for a ski tour isn’t rocket science, but dialing in your ski pack for easy access to the gear you want when you want it takes practice and a pack with thoughtful organization. The Osprey Soelden 32 backcountry ski pack balances a quick-access main body… Read More

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Setting Up a Backcountry Repair Kit

Backcountry Repair Kit – Pack Light or Go Big? Have you ever had a gear failure in the field? Fortunately, modern backcountry ski gear is pretty robust stuff. I can count the number of significant gear failures I’ve experienced or witnessed on one hand – and most of those were back in my dedicated telemark ski days. Nonetheless, a basic… Read More

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Backcountry Skier Personalities – The Jaded Local

Backcountry Skier Personalities – The Jaded Local Continuing our sarcastic look at backcountry skier personalities, we profile the typically grumpy and often misanthropic Jaded Local. Stay tuned for the still to come Luddite, Bro Brah, Rando Racer and Newby. And be sure to read the Gearhead The Jaded Local The Jaded Local is an anti-social creature. Unless you happen to… Read More

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Backcountry Skier Personalities – The Gearhead

Backcountry Skier Personalities 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 a mix of stereotypes, but in the spirit of making fun of ourselves, we broke backcountry skier personalities into six classic stereotypes – Gearhead, Jaded Local, Luddite,… Read More

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Skier Gifts

Skier Gifts Holiday gift ideas for the skiers on your Christmas list We’ve put together a few of our favorite gifts for skiers to help seed your holiday shopping with fresh ideas – all for under $100. Thermos $20-40 Ok, we’re supposed to call it a vacuum bottle, but we call it a thermos anyway. Bottomline, skiing without a thermos… Read More

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GORE SHAKEDRY™ – 7Mesh Oro Jacket

GORE SHAKEDRY GORE set the standard to which waterproof, breathable outerwear is measured, and their latest innovation, GORE SHAKEDRY™, takes everything GORE-TEX is known for to a higher level of performance – waterproofness, breathability and lightweight construction. SHAKEDRY’s distinct design uses a 100% GORE-TEX membrane as the face fabric and a 100% polyamide fabric as a backer. What does that… Read More

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Adventure Ride Essentials – Gravel Tires

Adventure Bike Gravel Tires Reviewed So many choices, so little time. Choosing the best gravel tire is a bit like picking the right shoes for the day. It’s all about the terrain and surfaces that are on the agenda. And when adventure riding is on the table, maximum volume/width is key. Tread is important too. But volume is directly related to overall… Read More

Avalanche Safety

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Avalanche Rescue Shovel Technique

Avalanche Rescue Shovel Technique Avalanche rescue has several stages. The longest and most strenuous aspect of avalanche rescue is the shoveling phase. Proficient shoveling saves vaulable minutes. From where you start digging relative to your probe strike to efficiently moving snow, there are several shoveling techniques that help make for fast, efficient recovery of an avalanche victim. Backcountry Access (BCA)… Read More

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Avalanche Canada Webinar – Recognizing Avalanche Terrain

Recognizing Avalanche Terrain Avalanche Canada has a webinar series this season covering a variety of avalanche safety topics.  Recognizing Avalanche Terrain and Trip Preparedness provides a good introduction to or refresher on avalance hazards.  It includes info specific to Avalanche Canada’s website, but more it’s a solid overview for anyone looking to broaden their backcountry knowledge.  

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Follow the Forecast

Wow, Folllow the Forecast has some great deep snow footage. These guys really get the goods. Big Lines. Pillow lines. Deep Lines. Sit back and enjoy. Follow the Forecast

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Salomon Freeski Collective Ski Movie Trailer

Salomon TV Freeski Collective 2020 Movie Trailer Each day is one day closer to getting on snow and skiing . . . Get ready to make the most of it when it gets here. Salomon TV has some motivation for you with their fall/winter 2020 Freeski Collective Movie Trailer    

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Backcountry Skier Personalities – The Gearhead

Backcountry Skier Personalities 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 a mix of stereotypes, but in the spirit of making fun of ourselves, we broke backcountry skier personalities into six classic stereotypes – Gearhead, Jaded Local, Luddite,… Read More

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ENSO – La Niña, El Niño and Your 2020-21 Ski Season

 La Niña is in the Air You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, but it’s the season to prognosticate about winter weather and snow. From the height of the beargrass and the plumpness of the squirrels to the study of analogous years and the science of large scale climatic forces, there are plenty of theories… Read More

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Off-Piste Magazine - the backcountry skier's magazine and website. Backcountry skiing: gear reviews, avalanche safety information, feature stories, mountain culture, ski films, adventure cycling gear and more!

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