April 24, 2013

GoPro Hero3 Black

GoPro Hero3 Black

GoPro’s Hero3 Black Edition is easily one of the most interesting video cameras of the year—and not only within the helmet-cam category. If you were hoping for big advances in video imaging, here they are, and they are impressive indeed: an advanced sensor capable of shooting 1080P footage at 60 frames per second, or 2.7K Cinema at 30 frames per second, or an incredible 4K picture (more…)

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April 21, 2013

El Gringo Eskiador

El Gringo Eskiador

In 1979, Patrick Vallencant skied the west face of Peru’s 21,768′ Yerupaja. Lou Dawson describes the route as “Possibly the continuously steepest mountain ski descent ever done.” Incredibly, Vallencant’s descent was filmed, and that footage was made into a documentary called “El Gringo Eskiador.” Unfortunately, copies of the film are almost impossible to find (more…)

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April 17, 2013

Blizzard Magnum 8.0 Ti

Blizzard Magnum 8.0 Ti

Blizzard’s Magnum 8.0 Ti has been a darling of the ski media, consistently scoring near the top of the performance-carver class. The Magnum 8.0 Ti is somewhat oddly categorized as part of Blizzard’s ‘sport’ range, but it clearly delivers performance approaching that of an elite-level ski—especially with regard to GS-radius turns. At the same time, the Magnum is undeniably friendly and easy to ski (more…)

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April 16, 2013

Steep Technique: I Was Wrong!

Steep Technique: I Was Wrong!

In my never-ending quest to master steep skiing technique, there have certainly been highs and lows, but I have to confess I’ve been stuck for a long time battling what I think of as the problem of getting “pinched” against the hill: I find myself unable to gracefully create enough space between my body and the snow, preventing me from making a clean release of the skis and an efficient pivot across the slope (more…)

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April 15, 2013

Mammoth

Mammoth

Thank goodness we have Mammoth! Your Southern Sierra looks an awful lot like summer right now, but atop Mammoth Mountain there’s got to be a solid 12 feet or so of snow. With the wind and sun in your favor, you’ll find upper mountain skiing in great shape, and lower mountain groomers offering sweet but ephemeral turns in that short windows of opportunity between the opening bell and the onset of mash potatoes (more…)

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April 11, 2013

Salomon X-Race

Salomon X-Race

Not one ski but several, Salomon’s X-Race varies its sidecut radius by length, allowing skiers to match the ski to their preferred turn shape. So for example if you pick the 155cm length, you’ll be banging out turns on an 11-meter radius ski (!), whereas if you choose a 180cm X-Race, you’ll be cruising on a far more expansive 19-meter turn radius. That’s an enormous difference—so much so it’s probably (more…)

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April 5, 2013

Volkl Code L

Volkl Code L

New for the 2013-2014 season, Volkl’s Code Speedwall L offers performance skiers a fun and lively alternative to both the RTM and RaceTiger lines. I’m not big on the RTM skis (see my most-hated video), and the RaceTigers are race specialists, so for me the Code L vaults to the top of Volkl’s frontside carver list—especially if you like a retro feel. Yes, the Code L is tip and tail rockered (more…)

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April 1, 2013

Tecnica Cochise Pro Light

Tecnica Cochise Pro Light

Yes, those are indeed tech fittings you see at the heel and toe of Tecnica’s new Cochise Pro Light ski boot, and believe me, they’re not just for decoration. The Cochise Pro Light joins a host of new touring-oriented ski boots from Alpine makers who are now testing the A/T waters. Where their peers have been cautious, however, Tecnica gives us a cannonball splash (more…)

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April 1, 2013

Snow Valley: Done

Snow Valley: Done

Given what a rotten winter it’s been in the backcountry, it was sure a solid season for me and my kids at Snow Valley…at least until today. The kids and I skied Easter 2012 at Snow Valley (which was April 8), and a week later we skied it again, enjoying truly excellent coverage. No such luck this year. With only chair 6 running(!), we drove past today and headed somewhat guiltily to Snow Summit (more…)

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