Monthly Archive: January 2011

Jan 27 2011

OR W11: And then there were three (NTN)

For those wondering if NTN will survive, the odds are improving. It is no secret I’m impressed with the promises of a new telemark norm, but not the product. At least not Rottefella’s binding, not so far. Rottefella’s NTN rocks in downhill. It’s the Duke of Tele, no doubt. It is better than any non-pivoting …

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Jan 25 2011

OR Winter 2011 – renewed interest in Tele Lite

The annual Outdoor Retailer Winter trade show has come and gone again. The most encouraging news to report is the return of Scarpa’s T4 and a resurgence of interest in light telemark gear.   According to some manufacturers, it accounts for as much as 25% of the market for telemark gear. T4 isn’t the only …

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Jan 17 2011

Bear Valley Telefest = Slackcountry Fun

A lot of folks have been taking issue with the label “slackcountry” recently for its derogatory attitude. If you’re guilty as charged, get over it. Keep in mind I say that with a full measure of self-deprecation. There’s no point in lying, it’s my favorite kind of tour. Usually. I still love revving the meter …

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Jan 14 2011

Beacon Preview: Pieps Vector includes GPS

There are a number of new avalanche transceivers that will be unveiled to outdoor retailers and the privileged public next week. None of them will be available until next fall, but this is the time when we learn about what is coming. The one I’m most excited to see is the new Pieps Vector. If …

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Jan 10 2011

PSA: BCA offers Tracker 2 upgrade (v4)

One of the problems that the old school beacon manufacturers made a big deal of back in the day was the potential for trouble with avalanche transceivers if they were dependent upon software to operate. The reason was simple. If the workings of the device are software dependent, and we all know how difficult it …

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Jan 09 2011

Drying Boot Liners

Drying your ski boots out after a day of sweating in them is easily achieved in a variety of ways. Here’s a couple of simple tricks for when you’re away from the conveniences you may have at home like a dedicated set of forced air dryers, a space heater, or the shelf above a pot …

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Jan 03 2011

Review: A Life Ascending

Everybody knows that ski movies are to skiing what porn is to sex; visually stimulating, but nothing compared to the real thing. It’s why I tend to avoid them both. Why bother when the real thing is so infinitely superior? When it comes to movies I want more than a tickling of my visual cortex, …

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Jan 01 2011

Telemark Skier Magazine #16

If you’re of the free heel persuasion and want to have some telemark stoke handy on your coffee table for friends to peruse, or for motivating yourself to get off the couch and onto the slopes one can hardly go wrong with the current issue of Telemark Skier magazine. The second and final issue of …

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