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Mountain culture books about skiing, climbing and mountains reviewed by Off-Piste Mag – guide books, fiction, non-fiction

Whistler, BC Ski Touring Guide

Plan your BC ski trips – Whistler Area Ski Touring Guide

Whistler Area Ski Touring Guide The Whistler Area Ski Touring Guide provides a concise, backpack-friendly (though not pocket- friendly) introduction to the vast array of ski-touring options in the Whistler, British Columbia area. Clear descriptions, photos, and basic maps are provided for a handful of day trips starting from each of the area’s four most popular backcountry access points: two… Read More

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rogers pass backcountry ski guidebook

Rogers Pass Backcountry Ski Guidebook

Rogers Pass – Uptracks, Bootpacks and Bushwhacks As winter approaches so does the trip planning. There is perhaps no other destination that offers better roadside access or more consistent snow conditions than Rogers Pass, British Columbia. The Rogers Pass backcountry is one of the largest and most accessible backcountry ski playgrounds on the planet. It lies between Revelstoke and Golden,… Read More

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50 classic ski descents

Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America

Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America Whether you are putting together your tick list or simply like to dream, Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America is a large-format compilation of iconic and aesthetic ski descents from Alaska to Mount Washington. Created by ski mountaineers Chris Davenport, Art Burrows and Penn Newhard, Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America taps… Read More

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deep powder steep rock

Book Review: Deep Powder and Steep Rock

Deep Powder and Steep Rock The Life of Mountain Guide Hans Gmoser by Chic Scott Hans Gmoser was a pioneer in the world of alpine adventure. Raised in Austria during World War II, Gmoser moved to Canada at age 19 and proceeded to pursue his dreams in the mountains. He went on to claim countless first ascents including epic adventures… Read More

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Bugaboo Dreams A Story of Skiers, Helicopters & Mountains

Bugaboo Dreams – A Story of Skiers, Helicopters and Mountains

Hans Gmoser was a pioneering mountaineer and skier who pushed the limits of skiing and climbing in the Canadian Rockies and beyond. He also happens to have started the world’s first heli-skiing operation in the 1960’s. Bugaboo Dreams A Story of Skiers, Helicopters & Mountains by Topher Donahue captures Gmoser’s spirit of adventure and passion for skiing that gave way… Read More

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mountain coloring book

Mountain Coloring Book for Outdoor People

Mountain Coloring Book for Outdoor People A wide variety of outdoor gear and related stuff comes across our desk over the course of a season, but this is the first time we’ve ever seen a coloring book. It’s a mountain coloring book to be specific. And, believe it or not, it’s worth a look. The Mountain Mix Coloring Book is… Read More

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training for the new alpinism

Training for the New Alpinism

Book Review: Training for the New Alpinism: A Manual for the Climber as Athlete Steve House and Scott Johnston $35.00 from Patagonia Books “You can’t coach desire, and no matter how fancy your training plan or how high your stated goals are, it comes down to getting out the door and doing the work day after day.” – Steve House… Read More

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Buried by Ken Wylie

Buried by Ken Wylie – Book Review

Here’s the review of the new book Buried by Ken Wylie that appeared in the October issue. Buried by Ken Wylie Rocky Mountain Books – $25 January 2003 was a deadly month in British Columbia’s Selkirk Mountains. A total of 14 backcountry skiers and boarders died in the range that month in two separate avalanche accidents. The first incident took… Read More

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Climbing and Skiing Colorado

Climbing and Skiing Colorado’s Mountains – 50 Select Descents

The Colorado Rockies have a long history of climbing and skiing and there are many lifetimes of descents to be earned within the state’s boundaries. Climbing and Skiing Colorado’s Mountains – 50 Select Ski Descents aims to help you select some of the best. While well known for its fourteeners, Colorado is, of course, full of countless lower elevation peaks…. Read More

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Avalanche Essentials by Bruce Tremper

Avalanche Essentials

There’s no shortage of books on avalanche safety, and Utah Avalanche Center Director, Bruce Tremper, is the author of one of the best, Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain. One thing books like Staying Alive and others lack, however, is a readability and first person approach that appeals to readers with a less technical background or approach. This readable, first person… Read More

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backcountry ski guide washington

Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes Washington

Given the level of backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering occuring today, few mountains in the lower 48 states have been left unexplored. Nonetheless, the Washington Cascades remain one of the more wild and raw ranges south of the 49th Parallel. Writing a guidebook to skiing Washington’s Cascade Range that represents the current level of skiing and exploration taking place is… Read More

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Alaska Factor Ski Guide

The Alaska Factor – Backcountry Skiing in AK

On my first trip to Alaska, my ski partners and I began referring to the scale of everything in AK as the Alaska Factor. Distances are longer, the mountains are bigger and the commitment required to complete any goal just seemed to be greater than we were used to in the lower 48. And as Joe Stock, author of The… Read More

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Backcountry ski guide - Summits and Icefields

Summits and Icefields I Ski Guide

Following up on last week’s Chic Scott post, here’s a review of the first volume of the new Summits and Icefields I ski guide. Book – Summits & Icefields 1 Alpine Ski Tours in the Canadian Rockies by Chic Scott with Mark Klassen 344 pages, www.rmbooks.com, $29.95 If you’ve spent any time ski touring in Western Canada, or even day… Read More

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A Far White Country - NW Skiing History Project

A Far White Country – NW Skiing History Project

  We received word from Lowell Skoog that he has completed another chapter of his on-line history of Northwest skiing. Here is the scoop from Lowell: "A Far White Country" My previous chapter ("The Ski Climbers") dealt with events between about 1928 and 1948.  In this chapter, I’ve jumped back to the beginning, roughly the years between 1890 and 1920. … Read More

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