April 17, 2016 Getting to Know You: Dynastar Mythic & Scarpa F1 Gear

Getting to Know You: Dynastar Mythic & Scarpa F1

Quick thoughts here on the Dynastar Mythic and Scarpa F1. The Mythics are mine—I bought them after trying them last year at WWSRA Mammoth. The boots are next year’s model, sans tronic mechanism, on loan from Scarpa (more...)...

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April 4, 2016 Steep Technique: Revisiting The DesLauriers Article Tips & Technique

Steep Technique: Revisiting The DesLauriers Article

In their 2001 article, The New Pedal Carve Turn, brothers Rob and Eric DesLauriers attempt a detailed explanation of the mechanics of the pedal turn (more...)...

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March 30, 2016 Salomon MTN Lab Review Gear

Salomon MTN Lab Review

Salomon continues its quest to transform itself into a major Backcountry/Freeride force with its new, tech-compatible (more...)...

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March 29, 2016 Mammoth News Current Conditions

Mammoth News

Back from Spring Break at Mammoth Mountain and trying to catch up on the usual backlog of things I’m supposed to be doing. Let’s start by (more...)...

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March 8, 2016 Anselme Tips & Technique

Anselme’s Turn

One of my technique goals this year has been to teach myself how to do Anselme Baud’s steep turn (this would be one of the two variants of the original or classic pedal turn (more...)...

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March 6, 2016 Information Underload Current Conditions

Information Underload

As we progress through what must our driest wet winter ever (or is it the wettest dry winter?), I have really been struggling to piece together what has happened, will happen, and even is happening out there (more...)...

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February 17, 2016 SIA 2016: Skis Gear

SIA 2016: Skis

On to Skis…Rossignol’s Soul 7 (in fact, the entire 7 line) sees its first major upgrade with the Fall 2016 debut of the Soul 7 HD (more...)...

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February 14, 2016 SIA 2016: Touring Boots Gear

SIA 2016: Touring Boots

For Backcountry folks, we have some auspicious boot news from this year’s SIA Snow Show: two very interesting new tech-compatible touring models (more...)...

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January 23, 2016 Hips Over Tips? Tips & Technique

Hips Over Tips?

Back from a quick gear tuneup trip to MM, which means it’s time once again to resume my never-ending quest to deconstruct steep skiing technique (more...)...

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January 20, 2016 Return To Baldy Video

Return To Baldy

Apparently I had blocked the memory of just how hard it is to tour in the San Gabriel Mountains. No longer. Dave, Al, and I returned to The Devil’s Backbone (more...)...

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