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Multi-Tools for skiers

Multi-Tools for Skiers

Multi-Tools for Skiers Three Leatherman Multi-Tools with Bit Drivers My backcountry repair kit is on the thin side when compared to many skiers, but I do always carry a multi-tool in my pack. In my experience, the highest use tools for addressing boot, binding and unforeseen backcountry issues are a scewdriver of one sort or another, pliers and a good blade. Scissors are a nice plus but not a requirement, and a bottle opener is always a handy companion. Although there's no true dedicated backcountry ski multi-tool on the market at the moment, there are numerous generic multi-tools available that meet skier needs. After trying a variety of different models, I have narrowed down a selection of multi-tools that offer what I like to have…

Gear

MyCHarge portable battery charger

Portable Chargers – Backup Batteries for Backcountry Charging

Portable Chargers for the Backcountry Electronics in the backcountry are part of life. Apps like Gaia (GPS), Strava, Avenza and Ride turn our phones into worthy gps and map tracking tools for adventure in any season. However, keeping electronics fully charged and ready to go on a multi-day backcountry trip requires back-up power. There are many portable storage batteries on the… Read More

Fellow Prismo AeroPress Filter

Fellow Prismo AeroPress Filter

Fellow Prismo AeroPress Filter Review Making Great Backcountry Coffee Better For the dedicated coffee drinkers among us, little compares to the ritual brewing of the morning cup. We all have our time-tested favorite methods for brewing coffee in the backcountry and on the road, and one of the best road trip coffee makers is the AeroPress coffee maker. This winter, I… Read More

Spring Ski Mountaineering

Ski Crampons and Boot Crampons for Ski Mountaineering

Spring Ski Mountaineering – Ski Crampons and Boot Crampons Guide The days grow long and the snow grows firm. When your timing is right, spring ski mountaineering offers fast uphill travel and silky smooth descents. Come spring, climbing skins can only get you so far, especially if you have your sights set on summits and couloirs. From firm boot packs… Read More

patagonia-descenionist ski pack

Patagonia Descensionist 32L Ski Pack

Patagonia Descensionist 32L Ski Pack A good ski pack keeps a low profile. It needs to store our avalanche safety gear and essential day trip supplies. But its presence should be subtle and fade away as we skin our way up or turn our way down the hill. The ideal ski pack size varies for everyone, but generally speaking, 30-40… Read More

G3 Scala LT Climbing Skins

Climbing Skins – G3 Alpinist+ Glide

We’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; climbing skins are one of the most underrated pieces of gear we use. Yet without skins, we can’t do what we do, climb up to ski down. Having used nearly every type of skin available over the years, I have a strong preference for momix skins – skins that use a… Read More

patagonia guide snow pant

Softshell Ski Pants for Backcountry Skiing

Backcountry Ski Pants Patagonia Snow Guide and Arc’teryx Rush FL You gotta get up to get down, and skinning uphill requires breathability in your outerwear. It’s easy enough to shed your ski shell when breaking trail, but your ski pants are a different story. As a result, backcountry ski pants need to vent, or better yet, be truly breathable. Waterproof-breathable… Read More

Features

Uphill Athlete Book Review

Training for the Uphill Athlete

Book Review:Training for the Uphill Athlete:A Manual for Mountain Runners and Ski MountaineersSteve House, Scott Johnston, Killian Jornet$35.00 from Patagonia Books Whether you are planning a week-long ski tour, a baccountry hut trip or looking to broaden your trail running horizons, your experience depends on your fitness. And whether you are looking to be competitive or simply enjoy the rewards… Read More

ski waxing tools

DIY Ski Waxing for the Backcountry

Ski Waxing for the Backcountry Backcountry skiing is a far cry from ski racing, but freshly waxed skis are still important to keep you sliding and slashing through the pow with ease. And the good news is that ski waxing for the backcountry is not rocket science. In fact, it’s down right simple. You just need a few basic tools… Read More

skier gift ideas - voile ski stand

Ski Waxing and Tuning Bench

Ski Waxing and Tuning Bench If you want to spend anytime doing your own ski maintenance, a solid ski waxing and tuning bench is important. Between keeping my skis ready to roll, setting up test gear and working on friends’ gear, my ski bench sees use multiple times per week. Ski widths exceeded the width of my traditional ski vices years ago, and… Read More

essential backcountry gear

Essential Backcountry Ski Gear – What Do You Really Need

Essential Backcountry Ski Gear – What Do You Really Need Boots, skis, poles, skins, shovel, probe, beacon – these are the non-negotiable gear items for a day of backcountry skiing. Of course, you’ve got your basic baselayers and outerwear, too. But what about all the other stuff – the gear that spends more time in our packs than in use…. Read More

Avalanche Safety

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Avalanche Safety – Communication in the Backcountry

Avalanche Safety – Communication in the Backcountry The freezing levels in the Northwest have been on their typical fall rollercoaster ride and, with the ride, the snow has come and gone and come again. Early season skiing has its attraction, but I like to remind myself that there is no rush. That said, plenty of skiers have seized the moment… Read More

weak layers - identifying avalanche culprits

Avy 101 – Weak Layers – A low tech approach to identifying common avalanche culprits

Weak Layers A low-tech approach to identifying common avalanche culprits – by Larry Goldie Believe it or not, regardless of what triggers an avalanche, every avalanche has one thing in common: they all fail on a weak layer of snow. Personally, I would much rather be out skiing than standing around in snowpits looking at snow crystals and analyzing weak layers…. Read More

Movies

Stone's Throw Ski Movie Trailer

DPS Cinematic – Stone’s Throw Ski Movie Trailer

Stone’s Throw Ski Film Trailer DPS skis kicks off winter with a trailer for Stone’s Throw.  Looks like it features skiing in the Wasatch just a stone’s throw from DPS HQ in Salt Lake City. Full film launches October 8, 2019, or if you happen to be in SLC, you can check it out the premier on October 3, 2019… Read More

Ready or Not, Ski Movie Trailer Season is Here! TGR Winterland

Teton Gravity Winterland It’s pushing 100 degrees outside and there’s plenty of riding, climbing, paddling and swimming still left to be done this summer. Nonetheless, the ski film gremlins are hard at work editing and re-editing last season’s footage and the first major ski movie trailer of the season has dropped. It feels like the big boys drop their trailers… Read More

The Vault

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The Art of the Uptrack

The Art of the Uptrack Larry Goldie – Owner, Lead Guide at North Cascade Mountain Guides First, there was the epiphany. It was a deep day, sixteen inches of new and still snowing. The hookup began as many do, spontaneously meeting at the trailhead with the same objective in mind. I was with my two most regular ski partners. Our… Read More

Dream Job Avalanche Forecaster

Dream Job – Avalanche Forecaster

Dream Job – Avalanche Forecaster An Interview with ChugachNational Forest Avalanche Center Forecaster Wendy Wagner by David Waag We all appreciate the value of our regional avalanche forecast centers and, let’s be honest, who hasn’t dreamed of working as an avalanche professional. It’s all face shots, field observations and free gear right? Well, it turns out there’s a lot more… Read More

The Backcountry Skier’s Magazine

Off-Piste Magazine - the backcountry skier's magazine and website. Backcountry skiing resource: gear reviews, avalanche safety information, feature stories, mountain culture, ski films and more! Check out our back issue archives and backcountry skiing resources ranging from ski and gear reviews to avalanche safety and backcountry huts and lodges directory.