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Dean Cummings’ Big Mountain Evolution

Feb. 18th 2014

Dean Cummings has been at the big mountain skiing game for well over two decades. The New Mexico native got a strong start in the mountains at an early age and never looked back. His passion and dedication has landed him atop the World Extreme Skiing Championships stage, captain of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team, and then later as one of the most revered ski guides in Alaska’s hallowed heli-skiing stomping grounds of the Chugach Mountains. He’s a busy man, but we got him to share a little about his evolution as a skier, guide and big mountain pioneer.

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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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A Continued State of Freedom

Oct. 10th 2013

SCARPA really liked the Freedom SL, so they made a PU version. And, why not? The Freedom is a slightly simpler version of the award winning SL. It’s the same design crafted by Chris Davenport and the Parisotto family, it still drives big boards at the resort, and still tours more smoothly than any freeride boot of its ilk. So, the PU weighs a little more than its Pebax brethren, it also costs significantly less at $599.

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The Laws of Physics: Chris Davenport is a Body in Motion

Oct. 3rd 2013

A body in motion stays in motion. At least it does if you’re Chris Davenport. The SCARPA athlete is currently on the road keeping up with the professional side of being a career skier. Meetings, appearances, hob-knobbing with politicians, and juggling family responsibilities—it’s not all about clicking into his skis. There’s actual work, of which he’s been doing a lot. From the terminal he was able to squeak in some time to update us of his latest exploits and plans for the coming winter.

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The Choice Is Yours: The Freedom of the Freedom SL

Sep. 17th 2013

It’s no secret that freedom comes with responsibility. And SCARPA has risen to the task with their new Freedom SL, an all-mountain, hard-charging freeride ski boot that combines strength and efficiency in one complete package. Designed with input from big mountain ski pioneer Chris Davenport, SCARPA’s Freedom SL boots were developed with alpine stiffness, superior range of cuff motion and weight, and an innovative DIN/Tech fitting sole system. Already the boots have won several awards from Ski, Skiing, Freeskier, Powder, and Backcountry, and the number is growing.

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Moving with Purpose: Max Taam is Ascending his Upward Arc

Sep. 10th 2013

Max Taam is a lung man. The New York transplant has set up roots is Aspen where he works as a ski patroller and spends most of his free time running, cycling, and skiing uphill. Last season the SCARPA athlete won two major skimo races, and finished 10th in the Teams Race with John Gaston at the Ski Mountaineering World Championships in France (highest American finish in history), and finished the season ranking second in the US behind John Gaston. We caught him just before he left for France, where he’s beginning a long bike trek through the Alps to continue giving those lungs a good stretch.

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SCARPA Freedom Freeride Boots Earn 8 Awards from 5 Top Ski Magazines

Aug. 27th 2013

The results are in, and the verdict speaks for itself: SCARPA’s new Freedom SL and Freedom series freeride ski boots earned eight awards this season from Powder, Ski, Skiing, Freeskier and Backcountry Magazines.

Freedom SL Women’s

The unique feature of the Freedom series boots is how well they balance downhill performance with the ability to walk and tour like a backcountry boot. The Freedoms aren’t the first to go after this market. But, several editors said, they’re the best yet in that category of boots.

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The Natural Path: Meet SCARPA’s new Marketing Coordinator Tristan Hobson

Aug. 22nd 2013

The outdoors has always been a part of Tristan Hobson’s life, so why ruin a good thing? SCARPA’s new marketing coordinator grew up playing in the woods and backpacking before he could walk. He knew how to snowboard before he could write in cursive, and could tie into a rope and place an ice screw before he had a college degree. So, it was only a natural path for him to land a job in the outdoor industry. We sat the freshman down for a quick chat about his months on the job, and got his take on becoming part of the SCARPA family.

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