Ski Touring News Roundup Mid Aug 2018

Post by blogger | August 15, 2018      

I’m not sure how big a news item this is, but here you go. VF, the umbrella corporation for The North Face, Smartwool and other outdoor lifestyle brands, is moving to Denver, Colorado from Greensboro, North Carolina. More here.The migration involves 800 employees and $27 million in tax credits, of which about half are transferable. In other words, a virtual cash incentive. With the recent move of the Outdoor Retailer trade show to Denver, I’m looking at the VF event as significant. Get enough critical mass going, and Denver could become the outdoor industry hub for the entire United States. No word yet on whether Dynafit will move there from Boulder. Probably not.

We like bush aircraft. So we like this one. Saving our pennies, perhaps, someday we’ll put a 680 shaft-hp Pratt & Whitney PT6A-28 engine in something, how would it run in a Jeep?

WildSnow health tips: I’ve been talking to a lot of guys with back problems, all ages. There are so many lifestyle tweaks for this, nearly anyone, pain or not, should be taking care with the problematic human spine. Experiment. NPR came up with an interesting article. In regards to sitting, what helps me is to have use three different chairs (regular, kneeling, and fitball) as well as frequently standing and moving around.

Nice somewhat BtoB interview with Dynafit head guy Benedikt Böhm. He mentions mountain biking. Dynafit groupo anyone?

At first I thought this was a typo. But it is Aspen. The mayor of the olden mining town has proposed spending $75,000 on a consultant to study the “uphill recreation economy.” Where do I apply? Article here. Aspen-joking aside, actually legit and interesting. Ski lifts, baaah.

If you desire the word Chamonix to be on your travel roster, only you want to avoid the frantic crowds of other seekers checking the same box, have a coffee there then head over to the Valle d’Aosta (by the same token, keep your Courmaueur visit brief as well). Do your tours in the high Alps of the “Aosta” if you like, or enjoy any one of hundreds of huts and thousands of ski tours as you range. For an Italian metro fix (bring your black city clothing and scarf), once you’re done skiing continue driving east, to Milan. The guys in the following vid stayed more to the high ground, but the entire region is ski touring heaven. Brief article here, following video not only features the skiing, but wonderful mountain aviation.


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5 Responses to “Ski Touring News Roundup Mid Aug 2018”

  1. Frame August 15th, 2018 12:59 pm

    Thanks for the back / sitting article

  2. Aaron Mattix August 15th, 2018 9:45 pm

    I think Dynafit would have a very difficult time gaining a foothold in the components market currently dominated by SRAM, and Shimano. But a few tweaks of their summer apparel line could be competitive in the soft goods market.

    Suppose Dyanfit does try to break into the components market. Will Shimano retaliate with an XTR-level tech binding?????

  3. RDE August 16th, 2018 6:08 pm

    Love the way DRACO crouches down before jumping off the ground in about 100 feet! Who needs a helicopter! I usually look down on rich guys and their toys, but this thing has soul!

  4. Future CO resident August 17th, 2018 4:31 pm

    Yeah that “average” salary number in the post is WAYYYY skewed from the VF execs that make multi millions. That’s not a common number for the people actually on product teams with VF

    I’m looking forward to being closer to skimo, climbing, and alpinism. Please don’t jack up the rents before I get there 🙁

  5. Bill August 20th, 2018 9:20 am

    On the Draco
    Inspiring read of how this guy got his money.
    Not a rich kid.

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