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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Sondre Norheim's home and workshop

Sondre Norheim’s home and workshop

Jarl Berg from Berg’s Ski Shop in Eugene, OR has been traveling in Norway and had a chance to visit Sondre Norheim’s home. Norheim is recognized as a pioneer of modern skiing. He lived from 1825-1897 and helped to pioneer early ski techniques and equipment. Jarl sent us a couple video clips from his visit to Norheim’s home and workshop…. Read More

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This corn is a little soft . . .

Voile Drifter

I recently got some interesting photos from Wally over at Voile. I won’t take it personally that he did not call me to head up on Hood (or the Clolumbia River) with him, but it looks like he was able to have fun without me (imagine that) while testing Voile’s new Drifter ski. Voile showed an early rendition of the… Read More

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white pass map

White Pass moves ahead with expansion

Following 20 years of litigation, White Pass Ski Resort has begun clearing and construction for its 700+ acre expansion this summer. White Pass is located about 50 miles west of Yakima, WA, and cleared the final hurdles for the expansion back in September when US district Court ruled in favor of the Resort in the last of a string of… Read More

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Solio Solar Charger

Portable Solar for the Backcountry

In this day and age, it is pretty normal to take some level of electronics into the backcountry with you. From cameras to gps units and mobile phones, there are a multitude of gadgets to help fill your pack. Said gadgets require batteries and or charging. On a multi-day trip keeping your gadgets charged can pose a problem. A few… Read More

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Mt Hood emerges from the clouds

Mt Hood Telemark Ski Camp

Wy’East Nordic‘s annual Mt Hood Summer Telemark Ski Camp just wrapped up on Sunday. The weather held for three great days of freeheel skiing on Mt Hood’s Palmer Glacier. Shelley Hakenson runs a great camp. This year marks the event’s 26th year, which should tell you something about its quality. Skiers come from all over the country to attend the… Read More

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ski touring on mt. hood

Summer Skiing

Summer is here in the Northwest and the snowpack is holding up well. A quick tour on Mt. Hood this week proved the skiing is still in fine shape. Long days make for some fine summer outings in these parts, and it is a great time to take advantage of the conditions. We were on the casual tour program and… Read More

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dynafit speed skin

Climbing Skins

Climbing skins are, obviously, essential equipment for backcountry skiing. For a piece of gear that we use as much as we do, climbing skins do not get a lot of press. Skis are more fun to talk about, for sure, but a good skin is key to a good day. I have a variety of skins going at the moment…. Read More

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Book

Ski Related Book Reviews

Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain – Bruce Tremper One the best avalanche safety books available. It has the science, it has the human element. If you are looking to expand your vision in the world of avalanche science, this is the book. Powder Pioneers – Award winning book on Canadian ski history by Chic Scott. From the roots of skiing in… Read More

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