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Winter is just around the corner! Skin tracks will be set and lifts will be spinning any day, which means it’s time to upgrade your setup with a brand new pair of SCARPA ski boots. For a limited time only, buy any of our retail-priced ski boot and receive a free SCARPA beanie ($30 value). Offer expires on October 31, 2015. Whether you’re looking for looking for a ski touring boot with power like our best-selling SCARPA Maestrale RS or a versatile go-anywhere freeride boot like the SCARPA Freedom SL 120, we have boots in stock and ready to ship. Look good. Ski better. Shop now.
The SCARPA Freedom RS 130 wins every major magazine award in 2016.
Making a life in the mountains takes grit, determination, creativity, and a willingness to forge your own path. Produced by KGB Productions and supported by SCARPA, Flylow, and Rocky Mountain Underground, “Westward” is a new web series about skiers that have eschewed the traditional path of a stable job and a mortgage in a big city someplace in favor of Wyoming’s Teton Range.
Episode 4: Lynsey Dyer
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the mountains, it’s sometimes hard to find your identity. Even harder is maintaining that identity in the ever-evolving world of alpinism. But the Maestrale RS, SCARPA’s most award-winning alpine touring boot to date, has an identity based upon a firm foundation: downhill power and maximum tourability.
Similar to its newer cousin, the Freedom SL, The RS has resort-based aspirations, but its true passion yearns for the trailhead, and the glory that comes with backcountry and ski mountaineering ambitions. The body of the RS is comprised of Polyamide instead of Pebax, which has a slightly higher strength-to-weight ratio, giving the RS a 120-flex index (20% advantage) over the original Maestrale’s initial 100 flex. However, it only adds 1.4oz (40g) in additional weight – less than a pound per pair than the slightly more muscular Freedom SL.
Martin Volken is a professional skier, mountaineer as well as owner and founder of Pro Guiding Service and Pro Ski and 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.