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6 Reasons Why Skiing with Girls Rules

Oct. 29th 2014

The backcountry isn’t a place reserved solely for testosterone. While the current demographics of the sport’s participants are slanted in favor of the boys, a day in the hills without Y chromosomes offers a completely different, yet totally enriching, experience. And thanks to products like the Freedom SL and the Gea RS, girls have never had better gear for getting out there. Here are some of the best aspects of skiing with the gals according to our athletes Annelise Loevlie, Rebecca Selig, and Shaun Raskin. You better believe that farts are involved.

Credit: Re Wikstrom Photography

Chicks break it down

When was the last time you were with a bunch of dudes who broke into a rendition of Lady Gaga’s Fame and busted out a few dance moves just before dropping in? Probably never. Guys don’t typically admit their love of fun girl music, and they don’t typically express themselves by shaking their hips and belting out ridiculous lyrics. For us girls, dancing breaks up the tension. It reminds us that it’s about having fun right before dropping a sweet line.
Chicks set better skin tracks
Skin tracks and boot packs are generally better fit to our stride when they’re set by a fellow female. Plus we get to talk about food and farts on the way up.
Chicks laugh more
There is something about getting a bunch of badass ladies into the backcountry that stirs collective hysteria. Expect jokes, pranks, funny faces, and a conscious effort to keep spirits high. Why? Well, why not? We are free in the mountains. We’re free to share all of our wild unabashed selves with our girlfriends. If skiing is about setting our souls free, then laughter is the wings upon which it rides.
Chicks understand the importance of pee breaks
We tend to be on the same pee schedules, so when nature calls one of us, we generally all take a moment to appreciate the view. There isn’t the same worry of slowing the group down when you have to go to the bathroom.
Chicks let you hear it
If you want a good show, watch a bunch of women standing at the top of a pillow line pushing each other to go bigger. Girls know how to support each other, and they aren’t afraid to vocalize that support: “woohoo,” “take it deeper,” “you’re killing it.” There’s a level of mutual respect and admiration amongst ladies. When one girl pushes hard, others inevitably follow.
Chicks ski with fire
When women come together on the hill they create a sense of power, and they bring a connection not found in many places. The energy behind the costumes, smiles, and stoke explodes in lift lines and on skin tracks brightening up any hill and making everyone wish they had similar experiences to take home.
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2014 SCARPA Ski Bash: One Heck of a Night

Oct. 29th 2014
What a party! When we set out to bring our local community together with the SCARPA Ski Bash, we didn’t expect the entire town of Boulder to rally. If you count the hundreds of skiers that couldn’t get in the door because we’d reached capacity in about the first half hour, nearly 1,000 people came to Sanitas Brewing Company to drink beer, dance to 80s jams, support the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, and welcome the oncoming winter. All said and done, we raised over $2,000 for the CAIC through the gear raffle. A huge credit goes to our fellow sponsors: Backcountry Access, Rab, Zeal Optics, Meier SkisSilverton Mountain, Skratch Labs, Justin’s, Skiing Magazine, SkiLogik, and Loveland Ski Area, for providing items to give away at the party. We’d also like to thank Sanitas Brewing Company for hosting the event, and of course, Boulder’s favorite cover band, The Goonies, for providing the party. Words really don’t do this event justice so we think it’s best to let the pictures do the talking. Thanks toeveryone who got down with us at the SCARPA Ski Bash. We can’t wait to see you all next year. And until then, see you in the lift line and on the skin track. Winter is just around the corner. Cheers!
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Go Heli-Skiing with Chris Davenport

Oct. 28th 2014

Our friends at Freeskier Magazine have teamed up with CMH Heli-skiing to give away 3.5 days of guided heli-skiing, four nights of accommodations in Revelstoke, ski rentals, food and airfare. Need another reason to enter? You get to do all of that with SCARPA athlete Chris Davenport. Not bad.

Pack your Freedom SLs and enter here. Good luck!

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All in the Family: The Maestrale Line

Oct. 28th 2014

The Maestrales are a celebrated family. Designed and built to be a complete backcountry performer regardless of conditions, they’ve distinguished themselves as the alpine touring boot archetype—a can-do workhorse that’s spry, strong, and easy to work with. They’re also easy to look at. Positioning themselves between the uber-light ethos of the new F1 Evo and the hard-charging Freedom SL, the Maestrale and Gea lines occupy a larger world of backcountry universality so, naturally, we’re giving them an upgrade.

Maestrale RS and Gea RS

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Sound Off: What SCARPA’s CEO Thinks of the New F1 Evo

Oct. 24th 2014

You might have heard of the F1 Evo by now—whether you’ve read about it in magazines, spotted it on social media, or caught a glimpse of its bright blue color out in the backcountry. But what you haven’t heard yet is SCARPA North America CEO Kim Miller’s opinion of the now famous boot with a hands-free, automatic walk/ski mode. Our fearless leader breaks down the latest in a long line of award-winning alpine touring boots: the revolutionary F1 Evo.

Q: What is SCARPA’s goal with the F1 Evo?

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Teton Gravity Research Reviews the F1 Evo

Oct. 14th 2014

Teton Gravity Research took the F1 Evo for a tour through British Columbia. What did they think of the boots? Read the article here.

Teton Gravity Research: SCARPA F1 Evo Touring Boot 2014-15

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SCARPA Athletes in the News

Oct. 13th 2014

Once a month, we will be keeping you posted on SCARPA athletes goings-on, whether they’re breaking new records, winning wild races, or are just out there having fun.

October 6 – Blind kayaker Erik Weihenmayer finished the recent No Barriers Grand Canyon expedition, a three-week, 277-mile white water kayaking adventure through the Grand Canyon. Read more about Weihenmayer’s trip.

October 9 – Red Bull Media House released the first part of their new series about Chris Davenport, “Faces of Dav.” The first episode takes a look at Davenport’s return to Bella Coola after Doug Coomb’s tragic accident in 2007. Watch the episode.

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How to Set a Skin Track

Oct. 13th 2014

The glory belongs to face shots, fall lines, and untouched powder, but the skin track is where backcountry skiing happens. It’s not uncommon to spend four hours skinning and four minutes making turns. For a first time backcountry skier (or for most of us on our first day each season) the skin track is grueling a work out. But with time, the hypnotic rhythm and the winter beauty creep under our skin (and skins!) and we learn to love a well-made skin track as much as the descent. Well, almost as much.

THE SUPER-LIGHT, TOURING MACHINE: SCARPA F1 EVO

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SCARPA F1 Evo: The Army of One

Oct. 1st 2014

It’s no secret the savvy backcountry skier values efficiency. While he or she might be unkempt in other aspects of their lives, skiing isn’t one of them. Long days in the snowy hills depend on it. For the entire history of backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering, the melding of light and stiff has played an elemental role in the advancement of the Alpine Touring boot. While there is no such thing as the perfect AT boot, SCARPA’s F1 Evo comes as close as any.

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Red Bull Drops Chris Davenport’s “Faces of Dav” Trailer

Sep. 25th 2014

Chris Davenport spent the last year working on an eight-part video series with Red Bull Media House focused on his life and skiing career. Shot in Bella Coola, Aspen, Antarctica and Norway, the series is called the “Faces of Dav” and explores Dav’s life as an engineer, mountaineer, father, explorer, adventurer and guide.

SEE THE BOOTS CHRIS DAVENPORT DEVELOPED WITH SCARPA: FREEDOM SL

Red Bull just released the trailer, getting us all stoked on the series that starts on October 9.

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