Backcountry Skiing News Roundup — Powho no Mo’ — and More

Post by blogger | October 9, 2015      

Whoops, it looks like we had a server glitch that reverted this post to an earlier incomplete version. Oh well, the trials of the blogger life. To reiterate, Lisa and I are over near Denver, Colorado attending some avalanche safety related events. Yesterday we did a special session with Backcountry Access, receiving their indoctrination in the ways of the Tracker, and enjoying “button free” multiple burial searches that were surprisingly effective.

Today we’re at CSAW (or at least Lisa is ;I’m in a cafe in Breckenridge trying to keep this website running). Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop can be quite interesting; we heard the big presentation this year will be a study of avalanche airbag statistics. That’s sure to be controversial. More soon. I’ll spend some time listening then get back on the writing this evening.

Anyone noticed that so many ski and snowboard flicks come out now, you’d have to spend all your waking hours watching them if you wanted to see the total? I’ve been wondering when we’d see a “correction.” The pile of glisse porn has simply become ridiculous. It’s like trying to track republican and democratic presidential candidates.

Well, the fluff purveyors at Powder-ho are cashing in their chips and moving on. I’ll miss those guys. Our son grew up on their zany humor, a nice contrast to what was a fairly subdued family lifestyle when he was forming up.

More, I always depended on the Powder-hos to give me a sense of current backcountry ski culture. Word is they’re moving to Florida to run a tarpon fishing operation and will be publishing sport fishing vids on Youtube, while attempting to not violate the Youtube user guidelines (which is probably impossible). I’m not sure what domain name they’ll use, but is available. More here, with discounted DVDs and such.

Sad to hear of Colorado skier dying in New Zealand due to a fall on icy terrain. This is not the first time that’s happened. Apparently the alpine NZ terrain can get glazed over leading to fatal slide-falls on terrain that would otherwise be inconsequential. News about the fall is here.

That’s all for now, I’m heading back to the convention center, or perhaps I’ll sit here and whip out another blog post we’ve got just about ready. Shall see…


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8 Responses to “Backcountry Skiing News Roundup — Powho no Mo’ — and More”

  1. Charlie October 8th, 2015 9:27 am

    On the BD front, BD sold POC.

  2. Matt Kinney October 8th, 2015 9:27 am

    Lou you are truly as Alaskan as anyone. Denali twice has “respect” all written all over it.

    The article about Karen was good, but the roots of WESC are based on the backcountry ski culture in Valdez prior to WESC, lest they be forgotten. Access to the untracked that others were skinning throughout the 80’s was happening big time. Jealousy thus breeded the heliski industry, which was understandable at the time. Along with a major financial contribution by Exxon in light of the spill to spur economic development, the event took off and the rest is mechanized ski history.

  3. Jim Milstein October 8th, 2015 7:54 pm

    Is Canada an acceptable substitute for Alaska? Maybe they’re too nice.

  4. XXX_er October 8th, 2015 8:13 pm

    Sorry for being too nice eh?

    Consider that the canuck buck sucks which means apres exchange you can knock 30% off the price of a hut trip

  5. Kristian October 9th, 2015 7:00 pm

    If you are sliding on ice, try to get your skis below you and use the edges to slow down and you can also grab one of your ski poles just above its basket (the plastic disk above the bottom tip) with one hand and the other hand on the same pole for leverage and dig the tip of the pole into the ice and self arrest. Do this immediately before momentum and speed build up. It’s also worth practicing these techniques in a safe location.

  6. dgg October 10th, 2015 12:06 am

    Lou – any news on Scarp F1 Evo availability in N. America this season? Manual? Tronic 2.0? Looking to replace my recalled boots, and heard something about lack of availability this season. Thx. dgg

  7. Foster October 13th, 2015 4:12 pm


    I had the same issue and my local shop said Scarpa will not be bringer either the new Tronic or a manual version to North America this year.

    Al at posted about sending his boots directly to Scarpa to have the manual retro-fit, but I don’t think that is a realistic solution for most people (especially if you’ve already returned the boots).

    Since I tried on most of the commonly available models in my area, I wasn’t holding on to much hope, but ended up pulling the trigger on a pair of the Salomon MTN Explore boots last week. The fit is very similar to the F1 Evo (I fit the F1 Evos perfectly without adjustment, and only needed some footbed shims in the MTN Explore), should ski a little better, take crampons better, and tour just as well.

  8. dgg October 15th, 2015 1:04 am

    Thanks, Foster. I read some good things about your new boots. Hope they treat you well. One of my local shops suggested I give the Atomic Backland Carbon a try, so that may be my solution (smaller size, baking boot+liner, shorter BSL, and all).

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