ISPO Extended — Pampered at Pampiago


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | February 17, 2017      

A quick hit here for Friday, then hopefully I’ve got time over the weekend to pump out more Europe content for the coming week. More ISPO, more Sportiva, and more from Austria. For now, while Sportiva product developer Sandro De Voldt and I were going through a pile of boots at the Italy HQ, we cooked up a plan for a short uphill excursion at a local resort. I had not brought any ski gear, so we scrounged up some stuff and did a few hundred meters as a “boot test” of the new Synchro. I’m not much of a guy for touring in freeride boots, but have to admit the cuff range and weight of the Synchro had me thinking this could be a boot for a lot of you freeride type folks reading here. I’ll cover the boots more, but for now, a few photos from our foray.

Sandro is a local boy and mountain guide, as well as the keeper of what is known as a 'van' but is more of a gear closet.

Sandro is a local boy and mountain guide, as well as the keeper of what is known as a ‘van’ but is more of a gear closet.

Looking easterly from Pampiago, over the prosecco farms of Italy.

Looking easterly from Pampiago, over the Prosecco farms of Italy.

It appears the Dolomite behind me have a good coating of backcountry snow, but alas it was thin enough to make adventure skiing a non option.

It appears the Dolomite behind me has a reasonable coating of backcountry snow, but alas it was thin enough to make adventure skiing a non option. Instead, a beer and lasagna at the “baita” (hut). Italy, of course, is known for good food. You do not get an overpriced dried out hamburger at their on-mountain restaurants. Oh no. Quite the opposite. My lasagna was a walnut enhanced version loaded with spec. World class. About six dollars.

Inside the restaurant.

Inside the baita restaurant. I was told that the business and land arrangements here go back to feudal times, and that the cash flow of these places in the millions.

Look what I spied. Ahoy, pastry on the port side captain!

Look what I spied. Ahoy, pastry on the port side captain!

Resistance was futile.

Resistance was futile.

Espresso machines of Italy, is that a blog?

Espresso machines of Italy, is that a blog?

I get good ideas from Italians.

I get good ideas from Italians. Like how important colors are to our mental well being, how to add an “a” to the end of words, and how to set up a genius compressed air ski cleaning station. All ideas will be implemented at WildSnow HQ, though my air compressor will need an upgrade and Lisa will probably requisite that I stop saying things like “pass-a the salt-a.”

Any of you Italians out there care to name that pastry? Something like wild berry cake with whipped cream, only in your language? Sandro said he wasn’t quite sure of the English translation, but I think he actually did know it and didn’t want to let on that he consumed mass quantities of these things, which is why he is so skinny and goes uphill so fast.

Map below shows the layout, Baita Passo Feudo is the restaurant. This is actually quite a good sized mechanized skiing complex by U.S. standards, but is just one of hundreds if not thousands you may have never heard of, in the mountains of western Europe.

Comments

11 Responses to “ISPO Extended — Pampered at Pampiago”

  1. Nick February 17th, 2017 11:28 am

    Really enjoy your cultural musings!

    Off topic – not sure if you are aware that OR is leaving SLC: http://www.sltrib.com/home/4952414-155/outdoor-retailer-convention-leaving-utah

  2. Billy February 17th, 2017 12:21 pm

    remind us again, you actually get paid for this?

  3. Lou Dawson 2 February 17th, 2017 1:54 pm

    The few, the proud, the brave, the problogger, ha!

  4. Wookie1974 February 18th, 2017 6:40 am

    1) Its called a “Zuppa Romana” – I only know it by this name, and we use the same name in German as well as in Italian – so it may be universal, like “Pizza”

    2) I can’t believe you were at La Sportiva, got loaner gear, and STILL managed to stick to black pants. La Sportiva. Yellow, mate. It coulda been all you.

  5. Lou Dawson 2 February 18th, 2017 7:28 am

    There are jeans under the race shell pants, I was thinking of just skinning up wearing the jeans but didn’t want to stand out to any border police lurking about. Lou

  6. Joe John February 18th, 2017 1:07 pm

    It all sounds and looks wonderful.

  7. savorani vincent February 19th, 2017 9:16 am

    @Lou
    would you put your feet on a table drinking beer on America!? 🙂

  8. Lou Dawson 2 February 21st, 2017 7:20 am

    Sure, anything for a photo! My money was good and the Italians looking on seemed to approve of the hero shot, as we were joking around. Lou

  9. Lou Dawson 2 February 21st, 2017 7:22 am

    Oh, and I forgot, in America (in Chile, USA, Canada, Mexico and Peru) I have put my feet on the table and also ended up UNDER the table. Amazing what happens with tables. (smile). Lou

  10. See February 21st, 2017 8:12 am

    From a marketing standpoint, it’s a nice product placement shot for a local company. In other words: the ski boots were on the table, Lou just happened to be in them.

  11. Lou Dawson 2 February 21st, 2017 8:33 am

    Exactly!

Got something to say? Please do so.





Anti-Spam Quiz:

You can subscribe to comment notification by checking the box to left, but you must leave a brief comment to do so, which records your email and requires you to use our anti-spam challange. If you don't like leaving substantive comments that's fine, just leave a simple comment that says something like "thanks, subscribed" with a made-up name. Check the comment subscription checkbox BEFORE you submit.
If you need an emoticon for a comment just copy/paste off the following list, or use text code you might be familiar with.

:D    :-)    :(    :lol:    :x    :P    :oops:    :cry:    :evil:    :twisted:    :roll:    :wink:    :!:    :?:    :idea:    :arrow:   
  
Due to comment spam we moderate most comments. Please do not submit your comment twice -- it will appear shortly after approval. Comments with one or more links in the text may be held in moderation, for spam prevention. If you'd like to publish a photo in a comment, contact us. Guidelines: Be civil, no personal attacks, avoid vulgarity and profanity.

  Your Comments

  • Jim Milstein: Odd that wind power is not being mentioned; it's growing rapidly and is muc...
  • Lou 2: See, I totally agree, petroleum in general is clearly not sustainable, I'm ...
  • See: I don't think fracking is sustainable. I agree storage is key. I think it w...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Just about everyone I see skiing aggressive locks their toes. I locked mine...
  • Lou Dawson 2: See, I totally agree we need to adjust our way of life, already happening. ...
  • See: I think I get the point— we need to prioritize helping people effected by c...
  • See: In firm, high consequence situations, that is....
  • See: In my opinion, the major prerelease issue with tech bindings is related to ...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Ok, yeah, not the best example. Need something more extreme, or just imagin...
  • See: false dichotomy...
  • Lou Dawson 2: See, in my opinion it's not that simple. It's somewhat of a life raft dilem...
  • Joe John: Excellent pictorial!...
  • See: The question is not, “can we totally reverse the effects of centuries of co...
  • Naum: Thanks, that is a big minus......
  • DG: Hey guys, been following this for a while and about to pull the trigger on ...
  • Lou Dawson 2: No cuff angle adjustment in Sportiva ski boots new models. Lou...
  • Naum: I wonder if canting option is still present?...
  • Matus: The helmet holder from mammut is not good - too universal to be of any use....
  • Lynne Wolfe: Next I want to go. Been too long since a Canadian hut trip. Nice write-up, ...
  • Boris: @ Mammut Dave are you going to produce some 3.0. Alyeska Vest in the future...
  • Lee Lau: @Kristian - its' buried in the video but last week of January 2017 @Sedg...
  • Kristian: What dates/time of year were you there?...
  • Marc: Wow! These Tectons look to be just what i wanted. I have broken my left...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Lars and all! I got the sizing numbers, they're added to the bottom of the ...
  • JCoates: @BillyGoat, I'm sure you know this, but the PNW has a wetter, heavier (w...
  • Kristian: alfred +1 Amazing to watch what skiers did with lace up leather boots ma...
  • SedgeSprite: What sort of quivers were present? Did you focus on wide and light to maxim...
  • Lou Dawson 2: I ski with people all the time who do beautiful skiing in 1-kilo class boot...
  • atfred: Team Weasel +1 An old curmudgeon told me a long time ago that if you c...
  • Lars Löfgren: Does anyone know the Backland Ultimate boots sole length of the different s...

  Recent Posts


Welcome to Louis (Lou) Dawson's backcountry skiing information & opinion website. Lou's passion for the past 50 years has been alpinism, climbing, mountaineering and skiing -- along with all manner of outdoor recreation. He has authored numerous books and articles about ski touring and is well known as the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, otherwise known as the Fourteeners! Books and free ski touring news and information here.

All material on this website is copyrighted, the name WildSnow is trademarked, permission required for reproduction (electronic or otherwise) and display on other websites. PLEASE SEE OUR COPYRIGHT and TRADEMARK INFORMATION.

Backcountry skiing is dangerous. You may be killed or severely injured if you do any form of ski mountaineering, skimo randonnee and randonnée skiing. The information and news on this website is intended only as general information. While the authors and editors of the information on this website make every effort to present useful information about ski mountaineering, due to human error the information, text and images contained within this website may be inaccurate, false, or out-of-date. By using, reading or viewing the information provided on this website, you agree to absolve the owners of Wild Snow as well as content contributors of any liability for injuries or losses incurred while using such information. Furthermore, you agree to use any of this website's information, maps, photos, or binding mounting instructions templates at your own risk, and waive Wild Snow owners and contributors of liability for use of said items for ski touring or any other use.

Switch To Mobile Version