Mar 24 2014

Powder Mountain delivers for BCM Gear Test


Fun and games (gear testing) at Powder Mountain. photo courtesy BCM.

Fun and games (gear testing) at Powder Mountain.
photo courtesy Backcountry Magazine.

Howie put the question to me, live, with a video camera rolling. I hate being put on the spot like that. I’m a writer because I know how easy it is to say the wrong thing in the heat of the moment. It’s much better to consider the ramifications of what you say with a bit of thought over time.

Still, the integrity and honesty of a spur of the moment idea can strike to the heart of the matter. That’s how it was when Backcountry Magazine’s editorial director asked me why I thought Powder Mountain was a great spot to host their annual Gear Test. From afar Powder mountain looks pretty flat and rolling. To be honest the top third, the part you see from afar, is low angle and uninspiring.
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Mar 17 2015

First Look: Moonlight’s Tele Tech Bindings


Moonlight Mountain Gear's Tele Rando binding let's you free the heel, or fix it.

Moonlight Mountain Gear’s Tele Rando binding let’s you free the heel, or fix it.

Interest in telemark bindings with a tech toe gained more advocates last week as fourteen writers and photographers from around the world tested beta versions of Moonlight Mountain Gear’s new telemark tech binding. Conceptually there is nothing new with Moonlight’s version of TTS as it mixes a low tech toe with a Voile Hardwire cable. As with many bindings in this new genre of tele bindings using the 2-pin tech toe it shows much promise, but the bindings tested were still in beta form.
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Mar 14 2015

Scarpa recalls F1-Evo


Light and always ready to walk, unless you're locked in for turns.

In rare circumstances, the Tronic system can revert to walk mode while skiing.

For those who see the merit in Scarpa’s F1 Evo, a lightweight AT boot with an automatic walk mode, you’re on your own to believe whether that’s a true benefit or not. Regardless, Scarpa is officially recalling the F1 Evo. If you have a pair, Scarpa strongly encourages you to return the boots for a full refund.

It turns out that in rare circumstances it is possible for the boot to switch from a locked to a free cuff while skiing. If such situation did occur, the result could cause injury. Therefore, Scarpa is recognizing this possibility as a potential, unexpected liability.
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Mar 12 2015

Engaging novice BC Skiers on Safety

There’s nothing safe about backcountry skiing. That word shouldn’t be associated with the sport
— Kim Miller, President Scarpa USA

Kim Miller of Scarpa.

Kim Miller of Scarpa.

This is the fifth video in our series covering a panel of industry experts discussing avalanche risk in backcountry skiing and the industry’s part in that, hosted at Outdoor Retail Winter by Verde PR.

In today’s clip, Scarpa’s Kim Miller talks about engaging new snowsport enthusiasts in a backcountry safety, through in-bound uphill skiing for safe education and through communication with new backcountry skiers.
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Mar 04 2015

Review: Voile Charger BC

I have been skiing the ‘regular’ Charger (181cm) for the last two seasons. I love them. They turn on a dime, float like a butterfly, etc. I had been considering a fish scaled, down hill oriented ski as there are some areas I ski with short (¼—½ mile) approaches or exits that are just tilted enough to make them a pain with flat skis. I ski another area where being able to traverse and head uphill slightly gives access to another great shot for turns. I finally found Chargers used at a fair price.

Voile Charger BC. Fat, waxless, metal edged.

Voile Charger BC. Fat, waxless, metal edged.

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Mar 02 2015

Review: Blizzard’s Zero G

Last week I managed to get out on Blizzard’s Zero G for two days and can confirm they are a worthy contender for next year’s addition to your quiver. The Zero G is Blizzards entry into the lightweight, carbon enhanced backcountry ski category that continues to amaze with skis weighing less than three pounds per ski, but performing like heavier versions. If you’re set with a fat, rockered powder ski but need something more svelte that can handle a variety of conditions, particularly refrozen morning corn or a day under the lifts with week-old scratchy hard pack, the Zero G will keep you satisfied.

Zero G 95 from Blizzard - 125-95-105 at 1300g/ski.

Zero G 95 from Blizzard – 128-95-111.5 at 1250g/ski.

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Feb 26 2015

Serial Heelers – episode III


Serial Heelers, S1, E3

Serial Heelers, S1, E3

The reason for the lack of video endorsements in this place is simple, I’m not impressed with many. After awhile they all sort of look the same, and they show feats I’ll never repeat, and snow I only dream about anymore in the Sierra Nevada. I don’t need to be reminded where I’m not.

However, my morbidity over the current state of California’s snowpack should not prevent me passing on this porntastic tidbit. Being that it’s coming from The M-Equipment, makers of the tantalizing Meidjo binding that blends 2-pin touring efficiency with NTN functionality you’d think it’s a promo piece for the binding. Okay, I admit it is, but not by zooming in and showing the binding and how it works, but by showing how it is meant to be appreciated.
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Feb 25 2015

Review: Smith’s Prophecy Turbo Goggles


Smith Turbo Goggles - Gogs that can unfog themselves.

Smith Turbo Goggles – Gogs that can unfog themselves.

In the draught stricken Sierra Nevada, the need for goggles that have the power to keep from fogging up has been less essential lately. Nonetheless, the major reason I’m not a big user of goggles is because I can fog any of them up, and not because I’m trying to fog them, it simply happens. So whenever possible I just stick to sunglasses and keep the gogs in the pack until I really need them. Once I cave and conditions demand it, for me, the only real goggle worth buying is one of Smith’s many models of Turbo Goggles.
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