Scarpa North America Blog

VIDEO: SCARPA Athletes Shred in the Freedom SL

Nov. 18th 2014

Designed with input from big-mountain pioneer Chris Davenport, the Freedom SL is the world’s most versatile ski boot. With equal parts downhill performance and touring capability, it opens up limitless possibilities in the mountains.

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Dancing Through the Deep: How to Ski Powder

Nov. 13th 2014

It’s easy to see why some skiers will go to the ends of the earth for over-the-head powder. Skiing really, really deep powder is in the running for the most fun and sensory-rich experience a person can have: the bounce of skis off the snow; the hiss of the skis slicing through fluff; the kaleidoscope of crystals exploding in your vision. And the best part is that with modern skis, boots and education, this white heaven is accessible to anyone with solid intermediate skills.

THE PERFECT BOOTS FOR SHREDDING POWDER: FREEDOM SL

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F1 Evo Out-of-Box Fitting Instructions

Nov. 12th 2014

Here’s how you can ensure the best fit when trying on your new pair of F1 Evos.

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SCARPA First Friday Film Fest: November

Nov. 7th 2014

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the SCARPA First Friday Film Fest. Here we collect all the inspiring web flicks featuring our athletes pushing themselves in their respective sports. Check back on the first Friday of every month for more of the best skiing, climbing, and mountaineering action from Team SCARPA.

Expand these flicks to full screen and enjoy. It’s Friday, you deserve a break.

In typical Red Bull fashion, the Red Bull White Cliffs comp takes the world’s best mixed climbers and sticks them on the face of a 400 foot chalk wall rising out of the sea. Watch Gord McArthur take on this impressive competition while wearing the new Rebel Ice.

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The Freedom is Back in the Hills

Nov. 5th 2014

SCARPA’s all-mountain, hard-charging freeride ski boot is back, blending strength and efficiency for a sophisticated performance package. Designed with big mountain pro Chris Davenport, SCARPA’s Freedom SL boots were developed with pivotal features for touring and alpine performance, superior range of cuff motion and weight, and an innovative DIN/Tech fitting sole system. While the male version of the boot has safely established itself in the award-winning categories of several publications, the lady SL’s have also just won Editor’s Pick from Freeskier, as well as a 2015 Skier’s Choice from Powder.

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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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