Scarpa North America Blog

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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The Crux of Photography in the Wilderness

Oct. 31st 2013

Matt Hage is in independent photographer based out of Anchorage, Alaska with a specialty in shooting outerwear and gear for several outdoor brands in wilderness areas across the globe.

Crossing the Kotsina River was to be the crux of our weeklong trek across Alaska’s Wrangell Mountains – at least that’s what everyone told us – from a friend that guides in these mountains, to random man on the street in Chitina, to our pilot who delicately assessed our wilderness cred before leaving us on the Wrangell Plateau.

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Like a Glove: Fitting SCARPA Ski Boots

Oct. 29th 2013

It can’t be said enough – your ski boots are the most important part of your gear set up. They provide you with power, support, and the ability to control your skis. Almost all of your steering capabilities come from the movements you make with your boots. If they’re too big, you might as well be skiing in gym shoes. If they’re too small, you risk black toes or worse, ingrown toenails. This short video explains exactly how to fit a SCARPA ski boot so you can ski on or off piste in perfect control.

SCARPA Boot Fitting from SCARPA North America on Vimeo.

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Retailer Shout Outs: Outdoor Gear Exchange

Oct. 24th 2013

Marc Sherman got the idea for a gear exchange while camping with a friend in the mossy Adirondack Mountains in 1995. He found an 800 square foot room to launch his visionary business model. What began as a simple consignment for spendthrift customers is now a Burlington outdoor gear institution with a huge staff, multisport capabilities and loyal following.

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Beans and Rice Freeride EP 2: 10 Reasons to Telemark

Oct. 22nd 2013

Ever wonder why people telemark? Have you ever considered telemarking? If you’re already a freeheeler, why did you start in the first place?

In Beans and Rice Freeride’s EP 2, professional telemarkers Jake Sakson and Paul Kimbrough give you 10 (actually eight) reasons to telemark. From face shots to face plants these guys dive, albeit not too seriously, into the minds of freeheelers everywhere. Be warned, this is not your conventional ski edit featuring dreamy pillow lines set to pleasing music. Prepare yourself for quirky humor, goofballs, and a little Notorious BIG. Enjoy!

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9 Random 9-Related Facts Inspired by the Freedom SL’s 9 Media Awards

Oct. 18th 2013

This week, SCARPA North America won its ninth award for its Freedom SL freeride ski boot, with an Editor’s Choice from Backpacker Magazine. In celebration of this great recognition here is a list of nine completely random facts that feature this momentous number. While those suffering from a fear of odd numbers, an illness referred to as dispar numerophobia, may not be too excited by this, the number nine has more going for it than many would think. In addition to being the largest single digit and an integral member of our numerical system, the number also carries significant meaning among many cultures. Specifically, the Chinese associate the number with the Chinese dragon, a symbol of magic and power.  Now, on to the random facts.

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RRGCC Rocktoberfest 2013 in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge

Oct. 17th 2013

SCARPA athlete Alli Rainey has been climbing since 1992 and has been lucky enough to turn her passion for crags into a career. Alli is primarily a sport climber and started an online climbing coaching clinic in 2008. Most recently, Alli has been hosting clinics at different events and training other eager climbers.

Kevin Wilkinson climbing a route in the Miller Fork Recreation Preserve.

They did it again – and it was awesome!

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