The Grand Traverse race is a challenging ski mountaineering contest — a 40 mile push between the Rocky Mountain towns of Crested Butte and Aspen. The race terrain varies between alpine steeps, to resort downhills, to flats the competitors skate. Multiple skill sets required. This year’s winners, John Gaston and Max Taam, broke the course record with a spectacular 6 hour 37 minute finish. Bravo!
The new course record of 6.5 hours is impressive. We were equally blown away after speaking with top ten finishers Rohan Roy and Travis Colber (5th place men’s, 6th overall). After crossing the finish line and casually stepping out of their bindings, they looked fresh and energetic, as if they could keep right on going. And indeed, they would. These hard men skied from their hometown of Leadville, to Crested Butte, completed the Grand Traverse to Aspen, and then would ski back to Leadville, via the Trooper Traverse — a magnificent tour totally about 120 miles. Pierra Menta of the U.S.?
Break it down! The Backland-MTN is a beautifully executed classic tech binding that combines both vertical and lateral release under the control of one U-spring. How do they do it? We dig in.
Classic WildSnow modshop crazy-ness. Take it as you will. First concept: Scott Cosmos III is VERY nice (available fall 2017). Second concept: Scott Cosmos III does not include cuff alignment. Third concept: Cuff alignment, as witnessed at Atomic FIS shop and as many of you readers know, is valid. Fourth concept: Atomic Backland and Hawx reversible cuff bushings will be available as a retail SKU. Fifth concept: We have the tooling. Sixth concept: We are bloggers. Enjoy.OLDER POSTS »