Teton Gravity Research’s ‘Legend Has It’

HEROES GET REMEMBERED, but legends never die. Yeah, it’s a line from The Sandlot, but it might as well be describing the spirit of the latest film from Teton Gravity Research, Legend Has It. TGR’s 28th annual film is a nod to the ski legends that came before. It’s a look at the past and […]


People look at the Deer Valley logos printed on the bent aluminum poles I’ve been skiing with the last few seasons and assume I stole them. But, I swear, I paid hard-earned money for the retired rental poles at the Park City ReStore. So when a pair of Leki Spitfire Vario 3D poles landed on […]

Elevenate Bec de Rosses Jacket and Pant

It’s not often that I find outerwear that fits the sweet spot between fitted and baggy in the women’s section—that perfect balance that takes your mind off the gear on your back while you’re laying tracks. You can always go bigger, but proportion-wise things can get skewed too much for comfort between the width of […]

Pomoca Climb Pro S-Glide Skins

Glide, young man, glide One step, two, each charting closer to near-certain nirvana. For skiers, the skin track is a sacred ritual, perhaps the closest we come to meaningful meditation. When things are good, the rhythm carries us, offsetting the thigh burn as we attain unimaginable objectives. Did we really just do that? Yes, we […]

Giro Contour Goggle + Emerge Helmet

Living through the up-and-down winters of the Pacific Northwest has made finding the right goggle a never-ending headache. There have been far too many Mt. Baker days where my lenses have fogged through an infamous 33 degrees and snowing afternoon or on a hot hike out Shuksan Arm. Not being able to see properly is […]

Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV Tires

I’d put in about a year on my Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV tires, and, honestly, I felt like we were pretty good together. Mounted on my Subaru Outback, the Hakkapeliitta R3 had powered through a historic lowlands snowstorm on I-90, gripped its way in and out of Alpental’s notoriously deep Lot 4 parking lot a […]

Black Crows Anima

For half a decade the Black Crows Anima has established itself as a sturdy big mountain ski with a dash of freeski pedigree. I’d heard all about the Black Crows’ charging pow ski, a combination of full-length carbon and Kevlar stringers built to go—and go, fast—but, slowly maneuvering my way down the goat path, this […]

Nokian Rotiiva AT Plus Tires

A sidewall puncture, leaky valve stem, or double blow out might be enough to lead any car owner into the rabbit hole of tire research. Experience all three within a year and you might become an amateur tire enthusiast by default. After a streak of luck that could have made for a long-hauling Johnny Cash […]

Hestra Mittens

The Hestra Army Leather GORE-TEX mittens are hands down the warmest mittens I’ve ever worn, the first pair that’s ever kept my hands warm on a less than 25 degrees Farenheit day of riding. In addition to their unmatched warmth, the GORE-TEX has proven critical in the Pacific Northwest’s typical near-freezing, ultra-wet, hot powder conditions. I tend to run […]


Disclosure: Sponsored by The North Face. Please note that the links below are affiliate links. All claims about the performance of the product have been substantiated by The North Face.  Getting wet is a persistent issue in the Pacific Northwest. We go storm skiing on the regular, and touring is a big part of the […]


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