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Monthly Archives: November 2013

How to Repair Your SCARPA Ski Boots

Nov. 26th 2013

SCARPA General Ski Boot Maintenance from SCARPA North America on Vimeo.

We can’t drive it home enough, your ski boots are your most important piece of gear. They allow you to effectively steer your skis, stay in control, and if fitted correctly, keep your feet and ankles safe after ejecting from your skis after a nasty crash. This video will show you when it’s time to change your edge guard and how to replace it. You’ll also learn the fastest way to clean your ski/walk mode mechanism, replace your buckles, replace your Axial Alpine hinge so you can then repair or replace your hinge or tongue, and finally, replace your Axial Alpine tongue.

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Skiing Canalone Marinelli

Nov. 21st 2013

Martin Volken is a professional skier, mountaineer as well as owner and founder of Pro Guide Service and Pro Ski Mountain Service, a skiing and mountaineering guide service and retail store, located in North Bend, Washington. Volken earned his Swiss IMFGA mountain guides license in 1996 and has since been leading ski tours along with rock and ice climbing expeditions throughout the Pacific Northwest. He’s published several guidebooks and pioneered many routes in the Cascades.

The Monte Rosa massif is big. Everything about it is actually. It’s main summit, the Dufourspitze towers at 4,634 meters and its height is surpassed only by Mont Blanc in the Alps.

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Retailer Shout Outs: White Pine Touring

Nov. 19th 2013

More than a retail store, Park City’s White Pine Touring is a tour de force of Wasatch Mountain enthusiasm. In its fourth decade, White Pine is a continually growing bastion for all things outdoors. “It’s a huge toy store,” says store manager Eric LaPerle. “People tend to have their mouths drop the first time they step into White Pine.”

Opened in 1972, Park City’s White Pine Touring was the brainchild of Charlie Sturgis, who began the shop as a modest Nordic ski shop and tuning outfit for the community’s burgeoning touring culture. Forty-plus years later and White Pine has evolved into a large, 7,000-square-foot stronghold.

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Early Season Ice Climbing in Colorado

Nov. 14th 2013

Scott Bennett is a well-established rock climber and “dabbles” in ice climbing whenever the opportunity arises. Scott began climbing in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge and has since traveled the globe in search of new routes in areas including Patagonia, Pakistan, and the western states.

Here on the Colorado Front range, it’s been a wet season. Historic rains in mid-September produced massive “100-year” flooding from Boulder to Estes Park, leaving roads destroyed and residents inundated. After drying up, cleaning, and rebuilding, Colorado climbers welcome an unexpected gift of the rains: early season ice! Many longtime locals are seeing formations for the first time in years, or perhaps ever.

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All About Her: SCARPA’s Women-Specific Freedom SL

Nov. 12th 2013

Combining the downhill chops of alpine performance with the seamless ergonomics of backcountry touring, SCARPA has produced their new women’s Freedom SL, the female specific all-mountain, hard-charging freeride ski boot. Matching strength and efficiency in one complete package, the women’s Freedom SL boots were developed with an anatomical last and cuff height for female foot shapes to maximize precision performance, comfort and fit. With best in class features and performance, alpine stiffness, superior range of cuff motion and weight, and an innovative DIN/Tech fitting sole system, The Freedom SL is all about her.

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Beans & Rice Freeride EP 3: Ski-Bum’s Delight

Nov. 11th 2013

The long awaited third and final installment of the Beans and Rice Freeride webisode series is here! Rejoin Jake Sakson and Paul Kimbrough in the Tetons for more backcountry action. While the last two episodes showed us the humorous side of being a tele ski bum, this more philosophical episode questions the ambitions of modern society and revels in the simplicity of skiing powder every day. A good forecast and bowl of beans and rice is a Ski Bum’s Delight!

Episode 3/3 (2013) – Ski Bum’s Delight from BeansandRiceFreeride on Vimeo.

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Skiing the Antarctic Peninsula

Nov. 7th 2013

Doug Stoup has been pioneering ski descents along the Western Antarctic Peninsula since 2000. He’s led 15 expeditions to the peninsula and says it is by far one of the most spectacular ski destinations on the planet. One of Stoup’s biggest challenges organizing a trip like this is accommodating 120 skier’s different needs and expectations. “Most of the client’s goal is to ski Antarctica,” said Stoup. “My goal is for them to become an ambassador for the continent. The Antarctic is a place I fell in love with and it has not disappointed anyone.”

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Double Shifts: Annelise Loevlie’s Dueling Work Schedules

Nov. 5th 2013

Career and profession can sometimes be seen as complementing forces in one’s life – a driving passion for one, bolstered by a skill set for the other. For Annelise Loevlie, these forces work in concert. The CEO of Denver-based Icelantic Skis and SCARPA athlete, Loevlie has worked hard to create a partnership between her work and her craft that transcends the demands and challenges of each into rewards that are uniquely her own.

Growing up in Idaho Springs, Colorado, How did you first get into skiing and climbing?

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