Headed up north with Mark Chon (aka-snowblasta). We were looking forward to some suncup dodging on the last of the summer snow. Still tons of snow. I haven’t seen this much snow on Shasta this late in the season before. The view from below on I-5 looked promising.
Archive for September, 2011
Seems like there’s a move afoot to turn slowshoe fans in to skiers. The common elements of that theme are to produce a fat ski that is easy to walk in, can go uphill without adding anything special (waxes or climbing skins), and has enough glide to make turns downhill. Add to that list a [...]
The unthinkable has occurred. Squaw Valley has bought Alpine Meadows. Andy Wirth, CEO of Squaw Valley confirmed the news with an announcement on TahoeTV today (27sept11). The simple ramifications of this announcement are that pass holders at either resort can now ski at the other.
You won’t believe it! The concept behind Mark Lengel’s Telemark Tech System binding is so simple it’s a wonder no one tried it before. Perhaps there was a quack or two out there who did and didn’t even believe it themselves, or they thought no one else would, so they abandoned it (after all, they’re [...]
Coul archive: First published on Couloir Online 14mar06 First Impression Right from the get go the 7tm family of bindings offered elements no other telemark bindings did, but it also came up shy on what is arguably the most important ingredient, downhill power. We all know there are pundits who claim less flex resistance is [...]
The fat ski revolution is expanding yet again only this time the goal is to add more customers to the pie, not necessarily increase the width of the ski. Altai Skis was founded last April with the development of the Hok. It is a short fat ski with a patch of climbing skin permanently mounted [...]
Coul Archive: This review was first published in Couloir XVIII-4, Dec.’05 We asked for it, and 7tm delivered it. The 7tm Tour is a telemark binding with safety release and a way to switch off tension on our heels for touring like our randonnée brothers and sisters. A simple latch beneath the toe plate allows [...]
Coul Archive: This review was first published in Couloir XVII-3, Dec.’04 The biggest innovation in telemark bindings this season (’04-’05) comes straight from 7tm and Karhu. We’ve begged for an easily accessible, integrated, free-pivot for telemark touring, and our pleas have finally been heeded. What? The binding releases too? Sweet Mary, the Grail must be [...]
It’s the first thing you notice when you enter Selkirk Lodge, which is odd considering it’s just a table. Sure you’ll spend a fair amount of time at it in the coming week as you log long days of backcountry skiing, but the skiing was the point of the vacation, not the table, right? Later [...]
Don’t have a free pivot yet? Stop making excuses and get one. G3′s Ascent seconded the importance of that back in 2005. Unfortunately when you compare it feature for feature six years later, it comes out the runt of the litter for the BC worthy tele pack. The Ascent does exactly what you’d expect a [...]