I got the fever to try new skis this year. After four seasons on the Rossignol Mega Bang, I bought some Black Diamond Verdicts . I really like the Verdict, but it was a big change after skiing on the Mega Bang. It also made me realize just how different a ski’s performance and personality can be. And it made me want to try some different skis. And then I found a great deal on some used 05/06 K2 Shuksan 174s. [Read more…]
Grand Teton, the highest peak in the Teton Range at 13,770 feet, had been skied by a few women, but not an all female team. Until last week. Setting a first, two Jackson Hole women spent 14 hours climbing the peak and skiing down.
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I’ve been skiing on Rosignol Mega Bangs for three or four years now. Love the ski. But I’ve put about 250 days on them and they were starting to feel a little dead. The Black Diamond Verdict caught my attention when I saw it in a shop and picked it up. This ski is unbelievably light for such a BIG ski. One reason I kept using the Bangs was that I couldn’t see getting anything wider due to the weight penalties. Because most of my skiing is backcountry, weight is definitely a consideration.
An avalanche in Darby Canyon on the west slope of the Tetons killed a skier visiting from Colorado on Saturday when it swept him and his brother more than 1,000 feet, officials reported.
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One of the purposes of this web site, in addition to posting ski news, equipment reviews, tips, and ski conditions, was to create an online backcountry ski guidebook with route descriptions, pictures of routes and skiing, and detailed maps.
On March 4, I received several threatening, hateful emails from 3 Wolf Creek Pass locals. The reason for the email is that three or 4 locals (supposedly more but only 4 wrote email) are outraged that I had published backcountry ski route information on “their” personal ski area on the North side of Wolf Creek Pass. This article is my response.
Bruce Trempers’s Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain is an excellent book. I saw this book in a ski shop at the beginning of the season and thought, “I should read this book.” But I’m cheap and somewhat lazy when it comes to learning about avalanches, and the thought of reading a technical book about avalanches and how to survive them made me think of root canal surgery. So I put the book down and bought something a lot more fun: new skis.
LaChapelle, who was 80, was skiing with a group that included his wife, Meg Hunt, Paula Mears, former Colorado Avalanche Information Center director Knox Williams and Art Mears, another Colorado-based avalanche expert.
My trusty old ski boots, Dynafit Tourlite All Terrain, started falling apart during x-mas week. Too bad because Chuck Bird, resident pedorthist at Neptune Mountaineering, had adjusted them over the years so I could walk in them all day with NO PAIN. Suddenly I was faced the daunting task of buying new ski boots. And because we were in a big snow cycle in the Tetons, taking days or weeks to choose a pair of boots was NOT an option. I needed new boots immediately.
Cross country ski and snowshoe groups largely panned last month's decision by the U.S. Forest Service to divvy up what had been a 10,000-acre area in Logan Canyon set aside for skiers to also include snowmobiles. Salt Lake Tribune 1/16/07
I broke my old Life-Link adjustable poles and needed new ones right away. I was going to buy the Life-link adjustable poles without even shopping for others, but the only Life-Link poles I could find were around $95. First, let me say this: you DON’T NEED TO PAY MORE THAN $60 for adjustable poles. You will see all kinds of light-weight poles made from carbon fiber, titanium, non-obtanium, etc. And if you were to believe Backcountry and Coolwar, you’d think pole “swingweight” was really important and worth spending $180 to get it. I seriously doubt that you have ever thought, “If I just had lighter poles, all my skiing, or rather falling, problems would be over.” Ski pole swingweight is the least of your problems!