January 31, 2012 Gear

SIA Winter Park: A Great Time

Just wrapping up the second day of SIA’s on-snow demo at Winter Park Resort, and thought I’d give a few quick hits on the skis I tried. Some or all of these will blossom into full reviews, complete with my witty and occasionally risque first-impressions video clips, but for now, this will have to do. (more...)...

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January 28, 2012 Gear

Marker Duke, Tour Updates

I’m here in Denver for the annual SIA Snowshow, wandering the convention floor and browsing the battery of ski gear booths to see if I can find anything interesting. Yesterday I got a little information about Marker’s Duke and Tour bindings which may qualify (more...)...

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January 25, 2012 Skiing With Kids: Culture Kids

Skiing With Kids: Culture

It’s hard to overstate the importance of culture when it comes to raising children, and skiing is no exception. Where you live, and how important skiing is in your community, will have a significant impact on how your kids view snow sports. If you live in a ski town, you benefit (hopefully!) from an active, (more...)...

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January 23, 2012 Current Conditions

Avalanche Danger is HIGH

In the context of this winter, I suppose we have to call this good news. Locally, I don’t think enough snow has fallen to open up anything other than (maybe) a few shaded north gullies. In any case, if you do go out to take a look around, approach everything with extreme caution. This is (more...)...

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January 21, 2012 Kids Kids

Kids’ Gear From Head to Toe

Probably the first question that’s going to pop to mind when it comes to kids ski gear is whether you should buy or rent. I strongly believe you should buy your own gear. Where available, you can also rent from shops that let you keep the gear all season (you trade up at the end (more...)...

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January 19, 2012 Ambrose at GreenStone Lake Current Conditions

Ambrose at GreenStone Lake

One of the few but significant upsides to our snowless 2012 winter has been perhaps-unprecedented access to the interior Sierra in the dead of winter. Sierra photographer Michael Ambrose recently made good use of Tioga Pass Road with a visit to Greenstone Lake, where he captured this shot of ice and lenticular clouds (more...)...

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January 17, 2012 Current Conditions

2-4″ Possible

It’s something, at least… (more...)...

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January 16, 2012 Skiing With Kids: Introduction Kids

Skiing With Kids: Introduction

I am trying to get my 2 1/2 year old daughter to the snow. That’s all I want right now: just get her to the snow. We’ve successfully crossed the parking lot, bought lift tickets, and gotten her ski boots on, but we’re bogging down now, because she can’t walk in ski boots. She’s flopping (more...)...

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January 14, 2012 Current Conditions

TPR Open?

Is Tioga Pass Road really open? Really? I can’t believe it. I can not believe it. January 14, 2012, and SR 120 is showing “NO RESTRICTIONS” through the heart of the central Sierra? As a likely event this is probably right up there with me posting photos of myself skiing down the hill on Federal (more...)...

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January 9, 2012 Dahlgren Sno Comp Gear

Dahlgren Sno Comp

Alpaca is the secret ingredient in Dahlgren’s new sock lineup, including the Sno Comp, a sheer, cushionless ski sock that uses a fairly complicated Merino/Alpaca/Synthetic blend. For the curious, Alpacas are those not-quite Llamas found in South America. Alpaca wool is said to be lanolin-free, less irritating than regular wool, and thus (perhaps) a better (more...)...

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