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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.

December Issue is here

December Issue is here

The December issue is out!  There is still time to subscribe and have an issue mailed out. The issue, our 47th, includes and interview with ski mountaineer Chris Davenport, a look at La Nina snowpack statistics, select AT boots, avalanche tales, and more. Current season issues are available by subscription and in retail stores. PDF downloads are only available for… Read More

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North Cascades Mountain Guides Avalanche II Class

Avalanche Education

Winter seems to have gotten up to speed mighty fast. The first powder turns of the season are already old news and the first avalanche fatalities of the season have already made the news (Colorado and Utah), and it is only November. British Columbia has issued a high avalanche hazard warning for the South Coast and storms appear to be… Read More

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Snow in Idaho

We just heard from Chuck at Payette Powder Guides, a relatively new backcountry hut operator in Idaho. Sounds like they have been gearing up their operation for the season and have had the first significant snowfall of the season to boot. Here is what Chuck has to say: Winter has arrived in the mountains! Last week we received a foot… Read More

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Skiing in Kyrgyzstan

I got an e-mail this spring about a group called 40 Tribes. Organized by Ryan Koupal, 40 Tribes is laying the groundwork to facilitate backcountry ski touring with local accommodation in the Tien Shan Range in Kyrgyzstan. Having spent time in western China (directly south of Kyrgyzstan), I found the idea of traveling and skiing in the Tien Shan Range… Read More

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2009-2010 Issues online

2009-2010 Issues online

The 2009-2010 season’s Off-Piste Mag issues are now available free online in PDF format. We post back issues online each spring. This year’s issues are 42-45 and include the 2009-10 ski review, interviews with Sweetgrass Productions and PowderWhore Productions, skiing on Alaska’s Mount Foraker, Dynafit Splitboard hybrids, ski pack reviews, alpine-touring bindings, the boutique ski movement, and much more. All… Read More

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Ski Mountaineering is Alive and Well

There are an incredible number of people out there pulling off incredible tours and descents around the world. It is inspiring and humbling to see and read about others’ high level adventures. From the Hummel brothers recent winter traverse of the Pickets in the Washington Cascades  to Greg Hill’s  pursuit of one million vertical feet of ski touring, and Cascade… Read More

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Strategic digging in an avalanche scenario

Avalanche Incident Survey

Backcountry Access is conducting a survey related to avalanche incidents. If you have been involved in an avalanche incident, you can participate in the survey. Find the avalanche incident survey here

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Schuss: Homage to the Old School

I posted a short slide show from photographer Dave Heath a month or so back highlighting Kootenay ski culture.  Heath just sent us a new show that he shot im March 2010. Schuss – photographic homage to the early days of skiing Schuss from dave heath on Vimeo.

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Mt Hood Climbing Route Poster

Mt. Hood Climbing Posters

High pressure was in full swing here in the Hood this last week and spring is now fully in the air. I am off to British Columbia for a final hut trip of the season.  Hopefully this next Pacific front gives us a little refresher. I will be testing a variety of skis, boots, and skins while up in BC…. Read More

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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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British Columbia Lodges Photo Contest

British Columbia Lodges Photo Contest

The Backcountry Lodges of British Columbia Association (BLBCA) recently announced  its first ever photo contest. The show and tell style contest has three categories: skiing, hiking and wildlife/nature. “This photo contest is for those who have a reputation for babbling on about the deep powder days, meandering summer hikes and chance wildlife encounters they’ve experienced in British Columbia’s world-renowned backcountry.”… Read More

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Bond Trubute

In the name of internet fun, take a look at the Shane McConkey Bond Tribute. <object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/sal4h_bPe4g&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/sal4h_bPe4g&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></embed></object>

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Ski Area Report Card Released

The Ski Area Citizens Coalition (www.skiareacitizens.com) has been publishing the Ski Area Environmental Report Card for the past 10 years. The report evaluates the environmental policies and practices of ski areas in the western U.S. based on a system of 35 criteria including: preservation of sensitive lands within the ski resort area, actions related to water conservation and quality, and… Read More

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