Monthly Archive: March 2014

Mar 31 2014

Awesome April is here

Spring skiing extends the season - even with pow pow.

  This is the time of year when the wannabes fall away. Spring – when the snow alternates within hours from cold smoke to mashed potatoes. It’s the time of year when it’s icy in the morning, velvet corn in the afternoon. With the right conditions the weather warms for the day while the sun …

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Mar 24 2014

Powder Mountain delivers for BCM Gear Test

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

  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 …

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Mar 23 2014

BCTalk: Spring conditions in Tahoe

Backcountry skate skiing in Desolation Wilderness.

  It was the best of snow, it was the worst (or lack) of snow. The trip up to Lake Aloha was a good as it gets, perfect, smooth consolidated corn with a great freeze overnight. We took a few Sugar Bowl Academy kids on this one to show them the joys of backcountry skating …

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Mar 17 2014

Review: Leki’s trick Tourstick-Vario ski pole

Leki's Tourstick has 20cm of Speedlock adjustability, then folds down to < 40cm.

  Leki’s Tourstick has 20cm of Speedlock adjustability, then folds down to < 40cm.[/caption]Leki has a new pole, the micro adjustable, foldable, TourStick Vario, that anyone with traveling on their mind should be taking a closer look at. It combines a lot of nice features into a single ski pole, including Leki’s ultra comfortable Aergon® …

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Mar 16 2014

How long do you keep your ski boots?

How long do you keep your ski boots? To get some sense of that the poll on the right was posted on this site.

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Mar 11 2014

2015 Fat ski demo at Sugar Bowl

Zenoxide turned just fine in sun softened wind buff.

  The weird winter we’re having in Tahoe this season forced the typical alpine demo day at Alpine Meadows to be canceled. Thankfully it was rescheduled for Sugar Bowl last Wednesday, March 5th. Unlike the last two years, this demo day featured soft snow conditions. No, it wasn’t light and fluffy powder, but for evaluating …

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Mar 10 2014

Project Zero launches Know the Snow Contest

Google Earth view of terrain where two were killed in an avalanche on Feb. 15, 2014.

  A recent post by a friend on Farcebook made me realize there are still an awful lot of people unwittingly relying on luck for survival when they head out of bounds for fresh tracks. He did a quick survey at the OB gate and found less than 10% of those going out had basic …

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