March 12, 2012 Charlton Peak Panorama Video

Charlton Peak Panorama

Okay, so maybe 10,806′ Charlton Peak isn’t the most intimidating summit I’ve visited, or the most scenic. But it is a summit, damn it, and therefore I’m including it in my ongoing summit panorama video series, in which I give you a 360° view from the top of a nice big California mountain, just as (more...)...

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March 12, 2012 The San G Report Current Conditions

The San G Report

Good news here is that I finally blew the dust off my Dynafits. Bad news is conditions weren’t very amenable to skiing. Trevor and I hiked up the San Bernardino Wilderness’ South Fork Trail to look for snow, and—surprise!—we found it. There was quite a bit more snow than I was expecting, in fact, with (more...)...

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March 8, 2012 Steve Romeo: Live to Ski News

Steve Romeo: Live to Ski

What comfort is there for the rest of us when someone this smart, this experienced, this funny and vibrant, is taken by an avalanche? The bodies of Tetonat.com ski mountaineer Steve Romeo and friend Chris Onufer were recovered today on Ranger Peak in Grand Teton National Park. Steve’s site was a huge source of information (more...)...

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March 5, 2012 Snow News; SMG AK Trip Current Conditions

Snow News; SMG AK Trip

Once again I stayed in-bounds locally with my kids over the weekend. I was tempted to day-trip to the Sierra, but insider info from Sierra Mountain Guides’ Howie Schwartz plus Sue’s buzzkill avy forecast pretty much quashed any inclination I had to get out of bed early. Though ESAC is calling for low overall avalanche (more...)...

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March 4, 2012 GoPro Hero2 Gear

GoPro Hero2

Despite the inarguably compelling dimension that helmet-cam video has added to my photography, I admit I’d begun to give up on it. I was tired of endlessly battling mount systems with my Contour 1080P cam, only to get home and discover that another two or three gigs of raw footage were useless because of color, (more...)...

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March 1, 2012 Black Diamond Justice Gear

Black Diamond Justice

Black Diamond’s revised Justice is a highly-specialized ski. The fat-waisted eight-pound Justice is built specifically for powder-bomb touring—and not much else. New as of 2012 (the green version), the Justice returns in 2013 with orange graphics but otherwise unchanged, offering tip and tail rocker and quite a lot of area—an impressive 111 millimeters underfoot. By (more...)...

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February 29, 2012 Embracing the Edgie-Wedgie Kids

Embracing the Edgie-Wedgie

Whenever I find myself riding up a chairlift with a ski instructor, the first thing I do is ask what age range they teach. And if they say ‘kids’, I get a bit of a glint in my eye and I start asking a whole bunch of questions. That’s how I learned about the Edgie-Wedgie, (more...)...

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February 28, 2012 Rossignol Pursuit HP Gear

Rossignol Pursuit HP

Rossignol’s new Pursuit HP replaces the popular Avenger Ti, taking over the maker’s high-end frontside carver niche—non-race edition. Think of the wood/titanium-core Pursuit not so much as a race-stock relative but rather as a pedal-to-the-metal crowd-pleaser. The ski showcases Rossignol’s mastery of next-generation Frontside design, with an 81mm waist and a very slightly rockered tip (more...)...

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February 27, 2012 Nordica Fire Arrow 80 Pro Gear

Nordica Fire Arrow 80 Pro

Nordica’s Fire Arrow 80 Pro was one of the most popular skis at this year’s SIA demo. I waited diligently for a chance to ride the updated Fire Arrow, and I’m glad I did. This is a significantly improved ski, taking last year’s Fire Arrow 80 and giving it a much-needed jolt of energy. For (more...)...

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February 24, 2012 The Liabilities of the Leash Kids

The Liabilities of the Leash

Forgive me for sounding dramatic, but the use of a leash turns out to be something of a two-edged sword. When it comes to teaching your kids to ski, it’s worth taking a moment to contemplate the good and the bad of the leash so that you can use it to best effect (if you (more...)...

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