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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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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