What’s Better — New Ski Journal Mag, or New Wheels?

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | November 12, 2009      

…that’s an open question. Latest Ski Journal has the usual incredible photography and plentiful backcountry skiing spirit. But it is of course the more “full length” content that this fast and furious blogger enjoys actually slowing down and taking in. In this issue: History addressed with a freestyle pioneer Wayne Wong interview. Guiding is addressed with an first-person insider look at the brutal process of ski guide certification. Modern freestyle is addressed with a profile of JP Auclair as mentor. Cover includes subliminal image of at least two women’s curves. And so much more. Yep, three thumbs up. More here.

Oh and about the new backcountry skiing access wheels? Yep, that’s an Eagle Cap 7-11 camper stuck on the back of a 2009 Silverado 2500 Duramax. The new, official, WildSnow trailhead approach vehicle (TAV)! We’ll be driving this rig to and back from AK this spring, skiing along the way and blogging like crazy. A bit of fun this winter as well. Details later, just thought I’d whet you all’s appetite.

Backcountry skiing camper.

Enjoying the latest Ski Journal in close proximity to the new WildSnow TAV. Oh, and that's one of our North Face Himalayan parkas that TNF put us in for the Denali trip. Those things are nice, review coming soon.


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23 Responses to “What’s Better — New Ski Journal Mag, or New Wheels?”

  1. Lisa November 12th, 2009 7:01 am

    Oooooooo Baby! We are going to have some fun!

  2. Tom November 12th, 2009 10:00 am

    The Duramax is an amazing engine, I drove a chipped one last spring and was hanging on for dear life. And it got 20mpg! Too bad the 4.8l version got nixed.

  3. Lou November 12th, 2009 10:11 am

    And to be starting from new! I’m doing a really careful breakin, then I’ll switch to synthetic oil, and look at 300,000+ miles on the thing! Expensive up front, but the savings are immense when you consider our 10-year ownership plan. The fuel mileage is amazing, especially if you keep a light foot on the throttle. But the reserve power is a temptation!

  4. Caleb November 12th, 2009 11:01 am

    That thing looks great Lou. The drive up to AK is going to be a comfy one. All the new toys and it looks like the Elks are going to see some snow in the next few days!

  5. Chris November 12th, 2009 11:24 am

    Request, an opening day report from Louie at Baker, no doubt he managed to come down with swine flu today for some epic 65″ base on opening day turns. Now get back to studying.

  6. Tom Gos November 12th, 2009 11:27 am

    This AK trip sure has turned into a gear fest :biggrin: Lou, you should run some sort of contest where you ask us to guess at what the total cost of this whole thing ends up being, it would be kind of fun and also maybe surprising.

  7. Drew November 12th, 2009 11:34 am

    Lou! When are you going to post the new TAV review. Loved the Taco review and all follow up mod reviews from a while back. Read an implication of Taco wreckage on an old post. How did that happen?

  8. Cory November 12th, 2009 1:18 pm

    auto tranny?

  9. Lou November 12th, 2009 3:09 pm


  10. Eric November 13th, 2009 12:24 am

    Whet, like sharpen on a whetstone. Not wet, like salivate. Although, I’m salivating over this TAV

  11. Colin in CA November 13th, 2009 1:52 am

    Gorgeous ride, Lou. Looking forward to photos of it in cool places.

  12. Jack November 13th, 2009 1:00 am

    Stop by on your way to or from the great one, Lou & Lisa. We hang out at Stuckagain, an easy half day south of Denali. Bring your quiver.

  13. Lou November 13th, 2009 8:08 am

    Eric, I guess my typo was a pun! And as one well known former magazine publisher and present editor mentioned, I could work on learning to spell vehical. I don’t know if that’ll ever happen, I think some weird event in my distant past, perhaps involving a sharp pencil in grade school, encoded the spelling “vehical” in my DNA.

  14. Cory November 13th, 2009 11:14 am

    My dad has the allison and (being an old Colorado driver) loves the tranny break feature that lets you set the speed going down steep grades. Read about it in the owners manual if you haven’t already.

  15. archski November 13th, 2009 12:29 pm

    Lou. You’re quite correct. It is “whet your appetite”, as in sharpen. Sorry to be a pedant but I feel I have to leap to your defence (or “defense” as you chaps say!).

  16. SobeUK November 13th, 2009 1:08 pm

    Does anyone out there know where I can get some 100mm Naxo Crampons for NX21 bindings?

    I have been skiing on NX21 for about 4 years or so now (since the NX21 first came out). Great bindings that have seen me through some great epic days. For a while now I have been meaning to get the binding crampons. Planning on a 7 day ski tour in March 2010 and need crampons.

    Does anyone know where (anywhere in the world) I can get some from either new or second hand?

    Great Wheels by the way.

    Thanks 😎

  17. Randonnee November 13th, 2009 8:50 pm

    Nice rig. Congratulations.

  18. Lou November 13th, 2009 9:38 pm

    Thanks Arch, thanks Rando, and Sobe, just keep looking!

  19. archski November 14th, 2009 12:19 pm

    Sobe. I bought my Naxos from Telemark Pyrenees. They’re still advertising 80mm. might be worth a call.


    facewest.co.uk were also offering Naxo brakes on Epicski (?) for free. Maybe they’ve got some crampons still kicking around….

  20. Lee November 14th, 2009 1:26 pm

    http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?t=380906 This guy on ukclimbing is selling some bandits with naxo bindings and crampons, perhaps he’ll sell you the crampons only?

  21. SobeUK November 14th, 2009 3:26 pm

    Archski and Lee

    Thanks for the links. Have now contacted both. So fingers crossed. :w00t:

  22. froggy November 15th, 2009 12:43 pm

    hi lou, where did you get that Eagle Cap 711? it does look like the perfect TAV addition for our F250. thanks

  23. Lou November 16th, 2009 7:31 am

    Got it in Grand Junction, they’re made in Oregon, shell/hull seems to be good quality, finish work is average, very light weight which at today’s fuel costs is critical unless you’re wealthy. More later.

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