Monthly Archive: March 2016

Mar 29 2016

RIP: Mitch Weber—Telemark’s Visionary
(1956-2016)

Post cancer treatments on opening day at Mammoth, Nov. 13, 2015. L-R: Mitch Weber, Big Tim, Scottsman, Corey Connolly

  Last Saturday, March 26th, just two days before his 60th birthday, the man behind the world famous Telemarktips.com, Mitch Weber, passed away. He leaves behind his wife Laurie, daughter Allison, son Neil, and step-son Jt, plus close friends like Big Tim, Mitch’s “manager” and countless friends and friendships made through the online community he …

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Mar 28 2016

Scarpa & Scott drop heel inserts on NTN boots

Not even a heel groove is left for Scarpa's 2017 TX-Pro.

Good tele skiers know there’s a time and a place for parallel turns and if it doesn’t add much extra weight, why not add that ability? Unfortunately it looks like lawyers are about to put the big kabosh on the final pieces of the “pink pony,” the Holy Grail of telemark systems with a binding …

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Mar 22 2016

Binding notes from BC Mag’s 2017 Gear Test

Darren Padgett adjusts a Radical 2.0 for size and release settings.

After a week in the trenches wrenching bindings at Backcountry Magazine’s annual Family Camp, also known as their annual Gear Party, er, Test at Powder Mountain, Utah I can tell you a few things about what Alpine Touring bindings were liked, and what were not. Bindings at the test included G3′s Ion, the Dynafit Radical …

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Mar 06 2016

Access: Lassen NF use plan needs input

Lassen's N-Face from where the Devastation Zone hits the road.

Lassen National Forest has issued its draft action on winter travel management. Lassen is the first forest to do winter travel management under the new rule, and Snowlands.org and Winter Wildlands Alliance say the proposed action is unacceptable. Alternative 2, the action proposed by the USFS Lassen office allows snowmobile access in every new recreational …

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Mar 02 2016

Technique: Keeping Meidjo’s tour mode locked

Fixing the red stub bumper to keep Meidjo in tour mode.

One of the annoying flaws with Meidjo is the occasional tendency for the red function stub to pop over the bumper that it rests against when touring. This causes the entire spring-box assembly to be put into turn mode and will inevitably allow it to hook onto the 2nd heel of the boot. The net …

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