Archive | August, 2011

Dollar Lake Fire on Mt Hood     Photo: R. Ragan

Fire on Mt. Hood

Wildfire season is in full swing here in Oregon, and even Mt. Hood is proving to be ripe for fire. A wildfire on Mt. Hood’s northern flanks believed to be started by lightening on Aug. 26 has grown to over 1500 acres. The fire started in the Dollar Lake area near Elk Cove on Mt. Hood’s north side and grew… Read More

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Golden Alpine Holidays

We are into the hottest days of the summer here in the Northwest, but we all know that ski season is approaching. It might still be a little early to start waxing your skis, but it does not hurt to start planning your winter’s adventures while the sun is still high in the sky. We just got word from John… Read More

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snowmobiles and the national forest

Snowmobile Access in Wenatchee National Forest

The following ediitorial comes from the Wenatchee Mountain Coalition in Central Washington. The Wenatchee National Forest is not alone in its user conflicts. Read on . . . Will it be Snowmobile National Forest, or expanded wilderness? What is the reasonable middle ground? The short answer is, please, U.S. Forest Service, manage the winter forest for multiple recreational uses, in… Read More

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Osprey Karve 16 ski pack

Osprey Karve 16 – Sidecountry Ski Pack

Today’s gear item is a new sidecountry minded ski pack; the Osprey Karve 16. It is a small day pack designed for resort skiing and short sidecountry runs – not exactly our focus here at Off-Piste Mag, but an important category, nonetheless. A functional and properly sized resort ski pack is a great piece of gear to own. A small dialed… Read More

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More Ski Film Trailers

Ski film season is sneaking up on us. Sweetgrass-Productions launched the trailer to their new film, Solitaire (check a couple blog posts back for the full story) and Rocky Mountain Sherpas, the makers of many films including The Fine Line from a few years ago, has the trailer for their new ski film called All.I.Can. The new film blends the… Read More

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Breckenridge Ski Resort by Ellen Hollinshead

Peak 6 Public Comment Needed

Breckenridge Ski Resort is pushing to expand its lift-served terrain into an area known as Peak 6, threatening a popular area for backcountry skiing. If you are unfamiliar with the proposal you should read the article on the Breckenridge Peak 6 expansion (2mb PDF file) that ran in the March 2011 issue of Off-Piste. Following is the note from Friends… Read More

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Sweetgrass Productions Solitaire Ski Film Trailer

Ski film season is officially around the corner. Sweetgrass Productions has just released the trailer to their newest film, Solitaire. Nick Waggoner and crew have worked hard on this one for two seasons, and the trailer delivers artful, inspiring footage that makes me want to see more. Here is the official press release and trailer . . . oh yeah,… Read More

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