March 25, 2017 Scarpa F1 Review Gear

Scarpa F1 Review

Maybe Scarpa’s F1 doesn’t quite fit into the “ultralight” Alpine Touring ski boot category, but at just less than five and a half pounds per pair, it’s very, very close (more...)...

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March 20, 2017 Scouting Folly Current Conditions

Scouting Folly

What do you do when the mountain says, ‘I want to hurt you’? That was the question this past weekend, when Al and I scouted Folly Peak, for a planned but aborted ski descent (more...)...

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March 16, 2017 Pieps Micro Review Gear

Pieps Micro Review

With its new Micro avalanche beacon, Pieps has managed an impressive feat: they have added a genuine innovation to what would otherwise seem to be a fully-mature technology space. (more...)...

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March 13, 2017 Go West, Young Man Video

Go West, Young Man

You have seen it, have you not? Of course you have—it is the great White Whale of Southern California Skiing. Indeed, people across the world have seen it (more...)...

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March 11, 2017 Sugarloaf aka The Bump Video

Sugarloaf aka The Bump

I am pleased at long last to announce success in my longtime quest to climb and ski Big Bear’s Sugarloaf Mountain. Contrary to expectation (more...)...

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March 7, 2017 Baden-Powell - East Face Video

Baden-Powell – East Face

Baden-Powell is one cool mountain. This is easily a premier SoCal backcountry skiing zone, but snow and road issues have kept me away for (more...)...

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February 24, 2017 Scouting Sugarloaf Skiing

Scouting Sugarloaf

Sugarloaf Mountain is kind of a nondescript bump on the Snow Summit-Bear Mountain ridge above Big Bear Lake, but I’m tempted to ski it every time I’m in the area (more...)...

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February 19, 2017 Lost in the San Jacintos Video

Lost in the San Jacintos

Ah, that incomparable feeling when you’re deep in the wild and you suddenly realize you have no idea where you are. This happens to me a lot in the San Jacintos (more...)...

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February 10, 2017 Snow Valley Musings Current Conditions

Snow Valley Musings

2017. Whatever you were expecting, I doubt this was it. Took the kids to Snow Valley this past weekend. Slide Peak is open, and that does tip (more...)...

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February 2, 2017 Mount Pinos & Sawmill Mountain Skiing

Mount Pinos & Sawmill Mountain

At 8831′, Mount Pinos is the highest point in Ventura County and, believe it or not, the 11th most prominent peak in California (more...)...

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