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Welcome to the home of the backcountry skiing blog from Off-Piste Magazine. Here we post backcountry ski gear reviews, feature stories and avalanche safety advice, plus ski news, events and more.

Ski Culture – Kootenay Style

If you have ever travelled through interior British Columbia and skied in or around the snow filled Kootanays, you have likely seen Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine (KMC). It is an artfully created print mag that revolves around living life in the Kootenays – life inextricably linked to ski culture, mountains and the pursuits therein. West Kootenay based ski photographer Dave… Read More

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Avalanche Rescue Techniques

Avalanche Rescue Techniques

The crew over at Backcountry Access has produced a series of informative avalanche rescue technique videos. The videos cover beacon searching, probing, and shoveling techniques. All of the videos are worth checking out. I chose to post the shoveling technique video here, because shoveling, one of the longest steps in avalanche rescue, recieves very little attention relative to search protocols…. Read More

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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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