Monthly Archive: February 2011

Feb 26 2011

Ten-11, D20: Sugar Bowl Sidecountry

Despite the fact that we didn’t even arrive at the parking lot until 11am, Sugar Bowl’s sidecountry terrain remained untracked. That would soon change. Last week the January dry spell was broken when the heavens dropped over 8 feet of snow at the higher elevations in the Tahoe area. Before the dust had barely settled …

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Feb 20 2011

Stoke: Tahoe Pow

Sometimes all the ingredients come together. Friends, blue skies and calm winds the day after a storm with enough time available to nail a few runs of untracked bliss.

Feb 18 2011

Winter returns to Tahoe

It’s been over six weeks since La Niña gave California a good pounding. She gave us a nice 10-inch resurfacing three weeks ago. Despite that, compared to the regular dumps the ten-11 season began with, the last six weeks were beginning to feel like the familiar dry and blue skies of drought times. The Sierra …

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Feb 14 2011

Converting Elevations in Your Head

Don’t you hate it when you’re looking at a topo map, or reading an article, and the elevations are in the wrong units? That would be meters if you’re an American, and feet for everyone else. We all know that the difference is roughly a factor of three, but it truly is a rough estimate. …

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Feb 09 2011

Review: Day 2 on TTS beta binding

Dynafit is not just the binding platform of choice for ski mountaineers with locked heels, but those with a tele-style free heel too.

Feb 07 2011

Review: Day 1 with TTS beta binding

The TTS binding uses a Dynafit (aka Tech) toe with a classic telemark cable with compression spring cartridges that latches around the heel of the boot. It only works with NTN boots that have Tech fittings.

Feb 06 2011

Tahoe conditions & TTS tease

Spring has spring here in the Sierra. It’s full on corn season and finally, today, the sun came out and the wind died.

Feb 02 2011

OR W11: Voile introduces Switchback X2

At the recent Outdoor Retailer Winter trade show Voile introduced a new version of their Switchback, the Switchback X2, with enough power to drive big skis with big boots. One can say that the existing Switchback does the same, but few will argue it is easier with more horsepower under the hood. The Switchback X2 …

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Feb 01 2011

Stoke: Wasatch Jan. 23, 2011

For the first time ever I managed to get out and make a few turns while at the annual Outdoor Retailer Trade show. Actually, as an ambassador for Brooks-Range I had to. It was a media tour, only this time I was on the other side, as a manufacturing representative. Quite weird for me, but …

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