early season powder skiing

Cross-Country Snowboarding

While some lucky folks are out enjoying the early arrival of winter (see above photo of Ray Thomas courtesy of Larry Goldie at NCMG), we are working on finalizing the next issue of Off-Piste. All of the computer time making the issue happen results in some good time wasting fodder like the Bond clip from earlier in the week.  well,… Read More

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off-piste schwag . . .

Off-Piste Schwag

We just got new ball caps and a small run of 100% organic cotton hoodies here at the office. The new ball caps are the same style as previous hats and are 100% organic cotton. The Hoodies are navy blue with the Off-Piste logo embroidered on the front. You can click the photo for a closer look. Get ’em while… Read More

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wallowa1

Wallowas get new avalanche center

Skiers bound for Eastern Oregon’s hidden gem known as the Wallowa Mountains can add the newly created Wallowa Avalanche Center (WAC) to their list of resources.  Until now, avalanche conditions in the Wallowa Mountains were not officially monitored and the nearest center to the Wallowas was the Payette Avalanche Center in Idaho. With an increasing number of winter visitors enjoying… Read More

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Snow report reliability

Anyone obsessed with skiing enough to be reading this blog probably does not need an academic paper to prove that ski resorts often embellish thier snow report numbers, but the following report from a couple of Associate Professors in Economics from Dartmouth College is a pretty entertaining read. In addition, it raises the i-phone issue again. Apparantly, there is yet… Read More

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Ski bum contest

I posted a blog referring to the Ski Bum contest sponsored by a consortium of BC ski areas a couple weeks back. The contest is a take on the widely successful campaign run by  Queensland Australia Tourism last winter. I just checked back on the Ski Bum site and am surprised to see only two entries thus far, and they… Read More

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mammut i-phone inclinometer

Inclinometer fun

I don’t own an i-phone. I am not a big advocate of safety through gadets, and I’m not so sure I would tote my i-phone in the backcountry if I happened to have one. I know, they are great cameras, you can make short movies, some day they may even save the world from self destruction, blah blah, blah. For… Read More

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off-piste mag issue 42

Subscribe to Off-Piste

October is here and snow is gracing the high country once again. The latest issue of Off-Piste Mag (Issue 42) is at the printer this week and will begin shipping next week. Subscribe or renew now to be in the loop for a full season of Off-Piste Mag delivered to your door. If you subscribe online by October 11, 2009,… Read More

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Flakes Premier in SLC

Flakes Premier in SLC

The Howell bothers, AKA Powderwhores, are opening the world premiere of their new freeheel flick, Flakes, in Salt Lake City, UT tonight. The show is a fundraiser for Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center. If you can’t make it tonight, they are showing it Thursday and Friday, too. Although I am partial to their first film PW05 (something about first… Read More

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NW Mountaineering Journal, Freeheel Life

NW Mountaineering Journal, Freeheel Life

The latest edition of the Northwest Mountaineering Journal is now availalable. The online publication is the work of Lowell Skoog and other dedicated skiers and mountaineers around the northwest. They do a great job of keeping tabs on cutting edge ascents and descents around the Cascades as well as offering quality features related to northwest mountain culture. For starters, I… Read More

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Ski movies are stacking up

Swift. Silent. Deep, a new film that documents the ski bum culture of Jackson Hole, WY during the ’80’s recently arrived here at our office. It follows the rise and adventures of the crew that came to be known as the Jackson Hole Air Force (JHAF). The JAHF was made up of a crew of dedicated ski bums who pushed… Read More

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Falls a comin

Leaves and Flakes

Although temps were summer like this weekend, the significant color change in the trees is a sure sign that Fall is on its way. Another good seasonal indicator is that the ski movies have begun arriving at our PO Box. Flakes from Noah Howell and the crew at PowderWhore Productions is the first to arrive. We have yet to sit down and… Read More

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slackfline

Slacklines

Slacklines Skiing may be scarce in the northern hemisphere right now, but there are plenty of options for staying tuned up. My latest pursuit is slacklines. I am no pro in pursuit of heart dropping highline antics, but I was keen to get good enought to actually walk a decent line. I have set up a few lines with one-inch… Read More

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Andy Roof eyes the snow - Photo Jason Leslie

A Mid-Summer Night’s Scheme

I got a call a couple weekends back to join some buddies on a jaunt in search of turns. Unfortunately, I was otherwise obligated. Fortunately for Jason and Andy, they did not need me to get after it. Jason put togther a great report on their adventure. A Mid-Summer Night’s Scheme By scheme, I’m referring to the cockamamie variety. And… Read More

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New ski film from Sweetgrass

New ski film from Sweetgrass

The crew at Sweetgrass Productions just launched the trailer to their new film Signatures. Filmed entirely in the coastal mountains of Niseko and Hokkaido, Japan, Signatures follows last year’s well received Hand Cut film and offers countless reasons to start planning a trip to Japan this winter . . .

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