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Apr 15 2014

BCM’s Gear Test: A Family Affair

One of the many test posse's headed out to "test" skis.

Beer – it’s not just for breakfast anymore. When you read the dispatches from the Backcountry Mag crew on the status of their annual Gear Test week at Powder Mountain resort you can’t help but think what a party scene the whole affair is. Indeed, a festive atmosphere does dominate the whole scene. How could …

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Apr 14 2014

Testing AT boots at Mt. Bachelor w/ABB

The BC boot test team - Bob Egeland and Dostie at Mt. Bachelor, OR.

  The annual ski boot test run by America’s Best Bootfitters for Ski and Skiing magazines was held last week at Mt. Bachelor. Conditions were classic spring with creamy corn conditions on all aspects allowing testers, a hodge-podge group of boot fitters, friends of fitters, and manufacturers, to put their feet inside more than 100 …

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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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Feb 17 2014

Review: High Trails “Post-It” Climbing Skins

New "Post-It" style climbing skin from High Trails.

  There’s another “glueless” climbing skin now available from High Trails. Like other claims of glueless, this claim in pure marketing spin, of the 180° variety. They most definitely use a glue, but it is a silicon based adhesive that acts more like a Post-It, especially compared to the tackiness of traditional skin glues. So …

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Jan 30 2014

SIA reports record equipment sales

Snowsports Industries of America released sales figures for the current season at the start of the annual trade show for SIA members in Denver, Colorado. Amazingly sales are healthy despite drought conditions in California, and below average snowfall throughout western states. Record holiday sales of $2.2 billion for the August to December period were up …

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Oct 07 2010

Telemark: 1.4-million strong?

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A look at recent SIA statistics by Craig Dostie Companion article on WildSnow If you cruise over to WildSnow you’ll see my take on the health of the backcountry ski market based primarily on numbers tabulated by the Snowsports Industries of America, better know as SIA and formerly known as the Ski Industries of America. …

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