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Backcountry Gear Testing: Scarpa, And Outdoor Research

Southwestern British Columbia has been having an “average” snow year. This has led to some early-season angst among those with short-term memories who've remembered the past two years with Skinning Up to Lesser Flute

Skinning up to Lesser Flute. Technically this is Whistler inbounds. You can bootpack it, too.

Lee Lau on Lesser Flute

Just an average snow year. Cruising a lap on Lesser Flute.

Sharon Lau on Lesser Flute

Just another average snow lap.

Damian railing Boundary Bowl

Railing Boundary Bowl.

Now that I got some skiing pow stoke shots out of the way, let's cut to the chase. I've got some product reviews to do and some initial impressions to give. Unlike other sites that just go on and on about gear, I like to show equipment in use. Since all of the products I am now going to showcase are ostensibly for backcountry gear, I'm not going to talk about its hardpack performance, but instead going to babble on about how they perform in powder - the environment in which they should be used.

- An “average” snowpack means one can let their skis run a bit more. I've got some Lee Lau on the ascent

Can't remember why I look so constipated. OR Ferrosi hoody - OR trailbreaker pantsMore Posing, Lee Lau

More posing - OR Ferrosi hoody - OR trailbreaker pants.  Scarpa Maestrale RS bootsSkiing the G3 district

OR Ferrosi hoody - OR trailbreaker pants

 Lee Lau So Pitted in BC

Scarpa Maestrale RS test

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Checking In with Former Grom Comp Winner Parkin Costain
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Checking In with Former Grom Comp Winner Parkin Costain

Checking In with Former Grom Comp Winner Parkin Costain

While most 16-year-olds were up to God know’s what last summer, Parkin Costain, the winner of TGR’s 2015 Grom Comp, was nine-to-fiveing for his dad, who builds bike parks at ski areas. He needed to come up with the money for something that would help develop him into a pro skier. That something: a snowmobile. Enter the 2017 TGR Grom Contest Parkin pounds the backcountry on his snowmobile probably more than you brush your teeth. He’s homeschooled (but not weird), and invests his time

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Proof you can be a Good Mother While Still Feeding Your Passion for the Mountains
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Proof you can be a Good Mother While Still Feeding Your Passion for the Mountains

Proof you can be a Good Mother While Still Feeding Your Passion for the Mountains

Leighan Falley was only ten years old when she decided that she was going to climb a mountain. “That one,” she told her mom in the car one day, pointing to Denali 200 miles off into the horizon. She didn’t even know its name at the time but the monstrous peak was calling to her. Perhaps love for the mountains and propensity for the extreme comes natural living in the rugged, isolated wilderness of Alaska. But upon first glance, Leighan is not necessarily the type of woman you would

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Photo Tour:  Chile After First Major Snowstorm of 2017
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Photo Tour:  Chile After First Major Snowstorm of 2017

Photo Tour:  Chile After First Major Snowstorm of 2017

The first major snowstorm of 2017 has slammed into central Chile bringing an early Mother's Day gift to Valle Nevado, Arpa Snow Cats, El Colorado, La Parva and Portillo resorts.  With over two feet from the May storm and another expected to hit on Wednesday,  Chile's main ski areas could begin to open for the season several weeks ahead of schedule, as early as late May.  Ski season in South America generally operates mid-June to October. We have collected a series of photos from the