April 7, 2011

Nikon P300

Nikon P300

Nikon’s 12-megapixel P300 compact is the latest addition to my quiver of field cameras. I’ve learned to carry compacts in addition to or even instead of larger DSLRs and camcorders when I’m climbing and skiing. Anything you can put in your pocket is (1) much easier to use and (2) much more likely to be used. The new P300 would thus seem to be the ideal compact for those seeking (more…)

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April 6, 2011

Rossignol S7 Freeride

Rossignol S7 Freeride

Effortless powder skiing is the goal of Rossignol’s unusually-shaped S7 Freeride, a ski that departs radically from traditional design standards, camber and sidecut included. We’ve entered, in a way, a golden era of ski design. Technological and manufacturing advances are allowing makers to imagine and deliver skis that previously would never have been possible (more…)

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April 5, 2011

The Girly Man

The Girly Man

Yes, it’s Southern California’s infamous steep-skiing classic, the Girly Man Chute, seen here in far from ideal conditions on an alternately foggy and sunny warm April day. Girly Man’s entrance seems to vary depending on coverage. On Saturday it was at least 55° at the entrance, maybe a tad steeper, with dangerously soft snow hanging above a rock garden (more…)

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April 1, 2011

Thoughts On That Helmet Article…

Thoughts On That Helmet Article...

An article in Ski Canada Magazine examining helmet use stats in the US is generating quite a bit of buzz right now in the ski world. I’ve read the article and given it some thought, and my impression is that it’s easy to misread and/or misinterpret the article’s conclusions. Let’s take a closer look at what the authors wrote: (more…)

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