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RYAN REPORT – Cool backcountry gear for next year

Backcountry is still hot. At last week’s Outdoor Retailer Snow Show backcountry gear continued to dominate innovation in the ski industry. The annual gear show in Denver was dominated by boots with tech binding pins at the toe and heel, lightweight shells and weight loss focused on earning turns. Through it all a few products … More »

Combo: Revelstoke Mountain Resort & Icelantic Nomad 105 Lite

Where: The massive ski hill right above the town of Revelstoke. Why: Terrain worthy of caviar dreams but lift-ticket priced. Suggested ski:  Icelantic Nomad 105 Lite RMR is surrounded by cat- and heli-skiing terrain—in fact, you can do both right out of the base area. Or with the right set-up and a little local beta, … More »

Assessing the Risk

The chance of dying in an avalanche is probably a lot less than you think. by GEORGE KOCH  *  photos by GRANT GUNDERSON  *  in December 2017 issue Can you put a number to your chances of surviving your next backcountry skiing adventure? Should mountain guides deliver mathematical certainty in their risk assessments and terrain selection? … More »

RYAN REPORT – Arc’Teryx air bag pack owners just got $250 richer

Anyone who ski tours in sub -20C weather knows nothing works quite as well in the freezing cold.  That goes for the Arc’Teryx Voltair Avalanche Airbags. When the backpacks went on sale last winter Arc’Teryx advertised the battery powered air bag pack as working unimpeded down to -30C. But a winter of testing later is … More »

Combo: Mt. Cain and Black Diamond Route 105

Where: Vancouver Island, two hours north of Campbell River. Why: Ski right into the backcountry, explore all day. Suggested ski:  Black Diamond Route 105 Mount Cain is located a mile above the ocean on an island in the Pacific, so it’s no wonder that in a good winter the ski area sits near the top … More »

A Safer Backcountry

Only about 28 per cent of people buried in an avalanche survive. These four essentials promise to improve that number. Mammut Barryvox  ($425 ) The Barryvox makes beacon searching a no-brainer. Press the only button and the LCD screen directs the user in what to do. The three antennae can pick up a signal from … More »

Combo: Chilkat Pass and Volkl VTA 98

Where: Northern Coast Range between Haines Junction, Yukon, and Haines, Alaska. Why: Wide-open ridges heading off in every direction. Suggested ski:  Völkl VTA 98 When the well-known spines of the mountains around Haines are socked in, the Chilkat Pass, just up the road and serviced by a good paved road, is often sunny and ready … More »

Combo: Shames Backcountry & Raccoon Grizzly 116

Where: Beyond the lifts at Shames Mountain, a small ski area near Terrace, B.C. Why: Huge Coast Range terrain a short tour from the lifts. Suggested ski:  Raccoon Grizzly 116 Pull back from Shames on Google Earth and be prepared to drool. From the top lift, a ridge leads up into a network of huge … More »

RYAN REPORT – This is why bibs beat pants: Trew Trewth Bib

I’m a bib man. Not because I spill down my front all the time, but because I hate snow down my pants. I’m talking bib ski pants, obviously. And while they may seem a little old school, I’m not alone. Those that have seen the light prefer not to expose butt crack ever again. The … More »

Combo: Icefields Parkway & Elan Ibex 94 Carbon

Icefields Parkway Where: The famous highway through the Canadian Rockies between Lake Louise and Jasper. Why: Dry powder, amazing scenery and easy-access couloirs, even in May. Suggested ski: Elan Ibex 94 Carbon Something about the geology of the Canadian Rockies lends itself to creating skiable couloirs, and the Icefields Parkway is the best way of … More »

RYAN REPORT – Cool backcountry gear for next year

Backcountry is still hot. At last week’s Outdoor Retailer Snow Show backcountry gear continued to dominate innovation in the ski industry. The annual gear show in Denver was dominated by boots with tech binding pins at the toe and heel, lightweight shells and weight loss focused on earning turns. Through it all a few products … More »

Combo: Revelstoke Mountain Resort & Icelantic Nomad 105 Lite

Where: The massive ski hill right above the town of Revelstoke. Why: Terrain worthy of caviar dreams but lift-ticket priced. Suggested ski:  Icelantic Nomad 105 Lite RMR is surrounded by cat- and heli-skiing terrain—in fact, you can do both right out of the base area. Or with the right set-up and a little local beta, … More »

Assessing the Risk

The chance of dying in an avalanche is probably a lot less than you think. by GEORGE KOCH  *  photos by GRANT GUNDERSON  *  in December 2017 issue Can you put a number to your chances of surviving your next backcountry skiing adventure? Should mountain guides deliver mathematical certainty in their risk assessments and terrain selection? … More »

RYAN REPORT – Arc’Teryx air bag pack owners just got $250 richer

Anyone who ski tours in sub -20C weather knows nothing works quite as well in the freezing cold.  That goes for the Arc’Teryx Voltair Avalanche Airbags. When the backpacks went on sale last winter Arc’Teryx advertised the battery powered air bag pack as working unimpeded down to -30C. But a winter of testing later is … More »

Combo: Mt. Cain and Black Diamond Route 105

Where: Vancouver Island, two hours north of Campbell River. Why: Ski right into the backcountry, explore all day. Suggested ski:  Black Diamond Route 105 Mount Cain is located a mile above the ocean on an island in the Pacific, so it’s no wonder that in a good winter the ski area sits near the top … More »

A Safer Backcountry

Only about 28 per cent of people buried in an avalanche survive. These four essentials promise to improve that number. Mammut Barryvox  ($425 ) The Barryvox makes beacon searching a no-brainer. Press the only button and the LCD screen directs the user in what to do. The three antennae can pick up a signal from … More »

Combo: Chilkat Pass and Volkl VTA 98

Where: Northern Coast Range between Haines Junction, Yukon, and Haines, Alaska. Why: Wide-open ridges heading off in every direction. Suggested ski:  Völkl VTA 98 When the well-known spines of the mountains around Haines are socked in, the Chilkat Pass, just up the road and serviced by a good paved road, is often sunny and ready … More »

Combo: Shames Backcountry & Raccoon Grizzly 116

Where: Beyond the lifts at Shames Mountain, a small ski area near Terrace, B.C. Why: Huge Coast Range terrain a short tour from the lifts. Suggested ski:  Raccoon Grizzly 116 Pull back from Shames on Google Earth and be prepared to drool. From the top lift, a ridge leads up into a network of huge … More »

RYAN REPORT – This is why bibs beat pants: Trew Trewth Bib

I’m a bib man. Not because I spill down my front all the time, but because I hate snow down my pants. I’m talking bib ski pants, obviously. And while they may seem a little old school, I’m not alone. Those that have seen the light prefer not to expose butt crack ever again. The … More »

Combo: Icefields Parkway & Elan Ibex 94 Carbon

Icefields Parkway Where: The famous highway through the Canadian Rockies between Lake Louise and Jasper. Why: Dry powder, amazing scenery and easy-access couloirs, even in May. Suggested ski: Elan Ibex 94 Carbon Something about the geology of the Canadian Rockies lends itself to creating skiable couloirs, and the Icefields Parkway is the best way of … More »

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