Dynafit Publishes Video Backcountry Skiing How-To Series

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | September 10, 2013      

I thought these might be too commercial, but they’re actually pretty good. And Hende at his desk, priceless. Eric “Hende” Henderson works at PR for Dynafit-Salewa now, but he comes from years of deep backcountry skiing experience. Nice to see him being involved in the public service communication side of things. In that sense, “information marketing” is pretty cool. Share helpful tips, slip in your produce placements, and hopefully everyone stays happy and well skinned.

Somewhat basic. Oh ye Wildsnowers, your wisdom and tips for skin climbing? Leave comments.


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11 Responses to “Dynafit Publishes Video Backcountry Skiing How-To Series”

  1. Skian September 10th, 2013 5:42 pm

    Love the Dr. Henderson insert…

  2. JonnyB September 10th, 2013 5:45 pm

    Good info. But ending with “knowing is half the battle.” I mean, really? Reminds me of something…


  3. AndyC September 10th, 2013 5:54 pm

    LOL. The guide says slide your skins up, don’t step up. Everyone in the video is lifting their skis completely off the snow most of the time. Great for those super fit, but for us old ones, lifting the heel only enough for the ski to glide forward easily means tons less lifting in a day 🙂 And at the end, the skier places the glue sides of the two skins together rather than using a skin saver as Dynafit suggests to prolong skin life in their instructions included with the skins. Anyway, nice to see instructional videos. another LOL–what do people wear on feet in side ski boots? I answered liners doh

  4. Lisa September 10th, 2013 6:06 pm

    Lookin good, Hende!

  5. wyomingowen September 10th, 2013 8:24 pm

    miss you Eric in the tetons,, and we almost didnt recognize you with your hair combed…

  6. Patrick September 10th, 2013 8:34 pm

    NICE. They’ve cleverly avoided any powder conditions. All the more for we who like to ski IN the snowpack, not ON it. The spring conditions do show off the Dynafit boots though.

  7. zippy the pinhead September 11th, 2013 9:26 am

    A guide named Eric who’s heel once was free,
    Ripped turns with the most evident of glee,
    Now he’s the father of two,
    And he’s traded his shoe,
    Regretably, for one thats AT

    When he’d drop his knee in the pow,
    The crowd on the tram would say “wow,”
    But he did cut the cord,
    From everything nord,
    And his bindings are Dynafit now

    He never skied like a poodle,
    Nor on boards that were soft as a noodle,
    But he gave up his stance,
    And his favorite snow-dance,
    And granola for warm apple strudel

  8. Lou Dawson September 11th, 2013 10:00 am


  9. Lou Dawson September 11th, 2013 10:02 am

    Zip, by the way, the modern equivalent of switching to AT from tele is switching from big-mountain gear to Euro lightweight stuff. It’s been pretty amusing to watch some of the famed big-mountain boys get out there on tiny boots and skis, with tiny bindings. Lou

  10. Andy September 12th, 2013 2:28 pm

    I would be interested to know what the WildSnow “hive mind” thinks about kick turns. When I was learning we had to do lots of them, and I’m of the opinion that they aren’t bad once you learn the technique.

    @AndyC – I’m with you on the slide vs. lift. That’s one of the most tiring things you can do on the skin track (especially with bigger skis), and probably the single best piece of advice for novices.

    Regarding the skin savers or cheat sheets or whatever you call them, I don’t have time to deal with those things other than maybe over the summer; just stick them to themselves. A pro-tip there is to hold the ends, put the middle of the skin around your knee, and then pinch them together. it’s fast, easy, and effective.

  11. Mark W September 13th, 2013 10:32 am

    Nice tutorial. Sometimes DIY doesn’t cut it for everyone.

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