Alpine Touring

Mission Jones Pass 3Jan2015 Turns 2

2016 Holiday Gift Guide – SLOPE

Ah, schussing. Is there any better feeling? No, we didn't make up that word. It's German or something. Point is, this is the perfect time - gear-wise - to upgrade or fill out your quiver. The latest skis and boards just dropped. Binding tech is better than ever. Even ski poles are in a renaissance. If you haven't looked at new plank(s) in a while, now's the time!
SIA Snow Show 2017

SIA 2016 – Backcountry Skiing

Some awesome innovations in the alpine touring realm for next season. Boots get lighter, stiffer, and have better range of motion. Skis get lighter, more powerful, and gain new shapes. Skins get more high tech. Everyone wins!
Fritschi Vipec Alpine Touring Binding Review

Fritschi Vipec – Long Term Review

Fritschi Vipec alpine touring binding Review thumbWhen taking a trip into the backcountry on skis, you need some specialized equipment. Normal ski boots and bindings are designed to unify your foot and the ski. That’s fine and dandy when you’re on your way down. But, unifying your foot and ski on the way up? That makes walking hard. The solution is alpine touring gear – boots that allow your ankles to flex and bindings that release your heel to give you a natural stride. Our favorite binding right now? The Fritschi Vipec.
2016 Black Diamond Boundary 115 Ski

2016 Black Diamond Boundary 115 Ski – Initial Impressions

2016 Black Diamond Boundary 115 SkiAnother of our favorite skis at the SIA on snow demo at Copper Mountain - the 2016 Black Diamond Boundary 115 ski. Black Diamond sent us up the chair with their PR head, Sam Coffey of Backbone Media, to try out the Boundary series mounted with Fritschi's Vipec binding (which we run on our own skis). Click through for our impressions and more tech info and specs.
G3 Alpinist LT Skins Review

G3 Alpinist LT Skins Review Video

G3 Alpinist LT Skins ReviewG3 let us borrow a pair of next season's (2015/2016) G3 Alpinist LT Skins. We took them up on Jones Pass to test them on some familiar ground. G3 redesigned everything for the LT - shorter, lighter plush, lighter face fabric, and new, eco-friendly DWR to keep the skins dry and glop-free. We tested them head to head with the G3 Alpinist, and Black Diamond Ascension (for control group)