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.
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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!
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.
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.
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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
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.
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.
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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.