Monthly Archive: January 2011

Jan 27 2011

OR W11: And then there were three (NTN)

The Telemark Tech System. Light, powerful, & fiddly. Click to enlarge.

For those wondering if NTN will survive, the odds are improving. It is no secret I’m impressed with the promises of a new telemark norm, but not the product. At least not Rottefella’s Freeride binding, not so far. Rottefella’s NTN rocks in downhill. It’s the Duke of Tele, no doubt. It is better than any …

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Jan 25 2011

OR Winter 2011 – renewed interest in Tele Lite

Tourminator 4 returns. MSRP: $279. Click to enlarge.

The annual Outdoor Retailer Winter trade show has come and gone again. The most encouraging news to report is the return of Scarpa’s T4 and a resurgence of interest in light telemark gear. According to some manufacturers, it accounts for as much as 25% of the market for telemark gear. T4 isn’t the only sign …

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Jan 17 2011

Bear Valley Telefest = Slackcountry Fun

Paul Oelerich enjoys mid-season corn on Mt. Reba at the Bear Valley Telefest. Click to enlarge.

Taken to the extreme, my friend Gary Bard calls ‘em picnic tours. Start with a bottle of wine in your pack, add a dash of romance, and take the woman you tango with on a ski tour to the backside of beyond.

Jan 14 2011

Beacon Preview: Pieps Vector includes GPS


There are a number of new avalanche transceivers that will be unveiled to outdoor retailers and the privileged public next week. None of them will be available until next fall, but this is the time when we learn about what is coming. The one I’m most excited to see is the new Pieps Vector. If …

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Jan 10 2011

PSA: BCA offers Tracker 2 upgrade (v4)

One of the problems that the old school beacon manufacturers made a big deal of back in the day was the potential for trouble with avalanche transceivers if they were dependent upon software to operate. The reason was simple. If the workings of the device are software dependent, and we all know how difficult it …

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Jan 09 2011

Drying Boot Liners

Newspaper desiccant

Drying your ski boots out after a day of sweating in them is easily achieved in a variety of ways. Here’s a couple of simple tricks for when you’re away from the conveniences you may have at home like a dedicated set of forced air dryers, a space heater, or the shelf above a pot …

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Jan 03 2011

Review: A Life Ascending

A Life Ascending - DVD package

Everybody knows that ski movies are to skiing what porn is to sex; visually stimulating, but nothing compared to the real thing. It’s why I tend to avoid them both. Why bother when the real thing is so infinitely superior? When it comes to movies I want more than a tickling of my visual cortex, …

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