February 14, 2012 News

Avalanche Fatality – Airbag Deployed

Great sadness fills me as I learn that 38-year-old Telluride resident Nate Soules was killed by an avalanche yesterday in the Bear Creek backcountry. The Telluride Watch says Soules was wearing an airbag pack, which he successfully deployed. However, the airbag was reportedly found by rescuers in a ‘shredded’ condition (more...)...

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February 12, 2012 GoPro HD Hero2 -- First Look Gear

GoPro HD Hero2 — First Look

Here’s some HD Hero2 test footage, shot today. Right away I like the GoPro’s color rendition, and the cam seems remarkably free of rolling shutter distortion. Sharpness for a helmet cam is quite good. Definitely one of the strengths of the GoPro is the broad array of mount options, and the picture’s wide angle of (more...)...

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February 10, 2012 Head i.Supershape Titan Gear

Head i.Supershape Titan

The spirit of Frontside carving is alive and well in Head’s i.Supershape ski line. If you’re looking with disdain at fat-waisted All Mountain skis and wondering where your race-roots carvers are, take a look at Head’s offerings. The i.Supershape Titan falls into exactly the same category as Dynastar’s excellent Speed Course Ti. The ski is (more...)...

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February 9, 2012 Volkl Nunataq Gear

Volkl Nunataq

My take on Volkl’s Nunataq is that it’s exactly the ski it’s supposed to be. Billed as the touring version of the Gotama (or so Volkl told me), the Nunataq does indeed deliver a Gotama-reminiscent ride at a tour-worthy weight. The Nunataq is aimed squarely at the jugular of today’s North American backcountry market: take (more...)...

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February 6, 2012 Skiing With Kids: Safety Kids

Skiing With Kids: Safety

Here’s how it goes down: I’m riding an aging fixed-grip triple chair, holding my two-year-old daughter in my lap. My five-year old son sits beside us, asking if his ski tips are angled correctly—we’re preparing to unload. I’ve thought about this situation for a while; can I handle it safely? And my thought has been (more...)...

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February 3, 2012 SIA Preview: Rocker for the Ladies News

SIA Preview: Rocker for the Ladies

As rocker technology continues to evolve, we find it moving well beyond powder-only skis. In fact, rocker (in one form or another) is appearing throughout ski makers’ 2012-2013 lineups. While rocker certainly brings advantages to nearly all categories of skiers, I believe rocker may prove to be of great benefit to one group in particular: (more...)...

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February 2, 2012 SIA Preview: Salomon Guardian 16 Gear

SIA Preview: Salomon Guardian 16

Yes, it’s a new A/T binding from Salomon: the Sidecountry/Freeride-oriented Guardian 16. The Guardian isn’t just a shot across the Marker Duke’s bow; it’s ramming speed with all guns blazing. No published weight is available yet for the Guardian, but the Salomon people told me it will be within a few ounces (lighter?) of the (more...)...

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February 1, 2012 A Photo You Don Current Conditions

A Photo You Don’t Need to See…

But, I’ll show it anyway: Baldy Bowl, from 10,000 feet, February 1st, 2012. Yes, that’s pretty much a snowless mountain in the midst of a snowless season with no snow in sight. As for the Sierra, there are rumors of a long-range weather pattern shift which might bring some moisture, so there’s a tiny dose (more...)...

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