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Entries filed under 'Backcountry skiing'

    Like the Backcountry? Here's a Ski Gear Preview for Winter 2011/2012

    fileIt's only February, yet I’m already looking forward to next winter! That might sound crazy, but I just got back from a ski/snowboard demo at the Mission Ridge ski area in Washington state where I tried out a bunch of 2011/2012 backcountry gear. The good news: There’s some pretty exciting stuff happening. The biggest trend I noticed is that rockered tips are becoming more and more popular. Many of the backcountry ski makers are putting them on their all-mountain and powder skis. How did they ...

    Posted by Joe P. on February 14, 2011 1:10 PM & Tagged Backcountry skiing, climbing skins, randonee, skiing, snowsports and telemark | permalink | Comments

    In Search of September Snow: The Quest Continues

    I've checked September off the list in my quest to ski every month of the year. As we did in August, my girlfriend and I recently hit the road for Mt. Rainier to see what we could find for snow. We were down to 2 weekends remaining in September and we were feeling the pressure to get a ski day in. So, despite a forecast that called for mostly cloudy skies and a 50% chance for rain, we drove to Paradise on the south side of Mt. Rainier National Park. We anticipated slogging through rain and ...

    Posted by Joe P. on September 24, 2010 7:08 PM & Tagged Backcountry skiing, Turns-All-Year and mt. rainier | permalink | Comments

    See All the New 2010-2011 Winter Season Gear

    fileHave you noticed a chill in the air? For some of us, the realization that the snowy time of year is not far off is cause for celebration. Think falling snow, untouched backcountry glades or hours on the mountain spent in the best of company. Now at you'll find our entire 2010-2011 selection of skis and snowboards to strap to your feet. Alpine skis from Atomic, Dynastar, K2, Lib, Line, Prior, Rossignol, Roxy, Salomon and Volkl. Backcountry skis from Black Diamond, Dynafit, K2, Madshus ...

    Posted by Joel O on August 26, 2010 3:52 PM & Tagged Backcountry skiing, Snow, Snowboarding, Winter, alpine touring, downhill, powder, randonee, rocker, skiing, skis, snowboards and telemark | permalink | Comments

    Ski Every Month: My Odyssey Continues...

    This past weekend, I went skiing. That’s right, skiing. Usually by this time in summer, I’ve fully transitioned to rock climbing as my activity of choice. But Sunday was the first day of August, and my girlfriend and I are on a quest to ski every month this year. So, we packed our bags, picked up a friend and hit the road for Mt. Rainier. Skiing year-round in the Pacific Northwest is not as crazy as it might seem. High peaks, mild spring temperatures and a deep winter snowpack combine to keep ...

    Posted by Joe P. on August 5, 2010 6:31 PM & Tagged Backcountry skiing, mt. rainier and skiing | permalink | Comments

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