February 20, 2012 Atomic Smoke Ti Gear

Atomic Smoke Ti

Atomic’s Smoke Ti is a frontside carver that makes shop owners and skiers happy alike—it sells well, and it delivers a lot of ski for the money. Probably Atomic wouldn’t exactly push this as an economy-class ski, but you can’t help noticing that the Smoke Ti trades at a noticeable discount compared to everything else (more...)...

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February 19, 2012 Everyone Has Fun, No One Gets Hurt Kids

Everyone Has Fun, No One Gets Hurt

‘Everyone has fun; no one gets hurt’ has become my motto when I’m skiing with my kids. As a mission statement it is simple, concise, and appropriately catchy, but before you nod your head in agreement and then move on to something more interesting, let me first take a moment to try to convince you (more...)...

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February 15, 2012 Chasing My Brother Video

Chasing My Brother

Really there’s no better motivator than having a little brother who’s faster than you in the gates. I spent damn near my entire young adulthood chasing him, and, well…it looks like I’m still trying to catch him. 🙂 Hard to say who’d be faster if we jumped into a course today, though I do like (more...)...

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February 15, 2012 Volkl RTM-84 Gear

Volkl RTM-84

Volkl’s RTM 84 has been highly regarded in print reviews, topping many a frontside-carver list. Oddly enough, however, during my own on-snow testing at Winter Park, the RTM 84 proved to be one of my least favorite hard-snow skis. The RTM (“Ride the Mountain”) is what we might call a ‘modern’ frontside ski: extra girth (more...)...

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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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