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Dancing Through the Deep: How to Ski Powder

Nov. 13th 2014

It’s easy to see why some skiers will go to the ends of the earth for over-the-head powder. Skiing really, really deep powder is in the running for the most fun and sensory-rich experience a person can have: the bounce of skis off the snow; the hiss of the skis slicing through fluff; the kaleidoscope of crystals exploding in your vision. And the best part is that with modern skis, boots and education, this white heaven is accessible to anyone with solid intermediate skills.

THE PERFECT BOOTS FOR SHREDDING POWDER: FREEDOM SL

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SCARPA First Friday Film Fest: November

Nov. 7th 2014

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the SCARPA First Friday Film Fest. Here we collect all the inspiring web flicks featuring our athletes pushing themselves in their respective sports. Check back on the first Friday of every month for more of the best skiing, climbing, and mountaineering action from Team SCARPA.

Expand these flicks to full screen and enjoy. It’s Friday, you deserve a break.

In typical Red Bull fashion, the Red Bull White Cliffs comp takes the world’s best mixed climbers and sticks them on the face of a 400 foot chalk wall rising out of the sea. Watch Gord McArthur take on this impressive competition while wearing the new Rebel Ice.

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Red Bull Drops Chris Davenport’s “Faces of Dav” Trailer

Sep. 25th 2014

Chris Davenport spent the last year working on an eight-part video series with Red Bull Media House focused on his life and skiing career. Shot in Bella Coola, Aspen, Antarctica and Norway, the series is called the “Faces of Dav” and explores Dav’s life as an engineer, mountaineer, father, explorer, adventurer and guide.

SEE THE BOOTS CHRIS DAVENPORT DEVELOPED WITH SCARPA: FREEDOM SL

Red Bull just released the trailer, getting us all stoked on the series that starts on October 9.

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SCARPA Athlete Updates

Jun. 19th 2014

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.


May 30 – Scott Simmons completed the fastest ascent of Mount Hood in 1:26:28. Keep up with Scott on his blog.

June 6 – Alex Puccio came in 10th place in Vail, Colorado’s IFSC Climbing World Cup. Stay up to date with Alex on her Facebook.

June 9 – Scott Bennett set the speed record on the Naked Edge in Boulder, Colorado’s Eldorado Canyon in 00:29:53. His friend, Bill Wright, wrote a trip report.

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Revitalization in Revelstoke With Kellie Okonek

Jan. 23rd 2014

Professional ski mountaineer, Kellie Okonek, tore her ACL last season. Fear, surgery and recovery has kept her off of her skis, but this season is different. Here is her story about a recent week in Revelstoke, British Columbia and how it changed her winter and her injured mindset.

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Ski Trab’s Talent Runs Deep

Jan. 22nd 2014

The town of Bormio, Italy is a crucible of mountain sports, where skiing and alpinism form a seamless bond. Home to the Pista Stelvio, one of the world’s most spectacular downhill courses, the village has an engrossing history of glissé. So, it should come as no surprise that some of the world’s finest skis are designed, crafted and produced in this bucolic alpine village. Enter Ski Trab.

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Beans & Rice Freeride Trailer Drops

Sep. 26th 2013

September 18, 2013 – The first snow of the season fell on the Tetons last night. It glimmers atop Taylor Mountain like the icing on a freshly baked cake. Winter is coming–the season of ski swaps, wood chopping, and ski movie premiers.

Jake Sakson and I will be adding to the ski season hype this fall by releasing a webisode trilogy documenting our season exploring the Tetons. Last year we decided to team up, buy a camera, create a website, and document our take on backcountry freeriding. Full disclosure–neither of us have much experience behind the lens. We were both introduced to backcountry ski filming through skiing with Powderwhore and Sweetgrass Productions, but we were always in front of the camera. It seemed simple enough; find some good snow, good lighting, ski through it and catch it on camera. Hit repeat and BAM! You have a ski movie.

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A New Season: Cherishing Each Turn with Mike Leake

Sep. 19th 2013

With winter right around the corner, I imagine most people are preparing as they always do, with dry land training, sets at the gym, dusting off gear, and watching ski movies. For many these are fall rituals. Mine are typically right along those lines, and of course, this goes hand in hand with great anticipation. But what happens when this ritual is disrupted by a potentially lifestyle changing disease? This year my anticipation for winter has a bit different feel than years past. It brings a sense of appreciation and perspective.

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Chris Davenport and The Centennials Skiers Continute to Ski 47 of Colorado’s 13,000-ft. Peaks

May. 23rd 2013

SCARPA ambassador  Chris Davenport is an icon in the world of big mountain skiers. He’s skied everywhere from the LHOTSE face of Mount Everest to the Antarctic Peninsula. He’s appeared in over thirty ski films and holds two World Extreme Skiing Championship titles. Davenport has made numerous first descents and skied hundreds of classics. When not skiing (which, by the way, is very rare) he commentates on ABC Sports, ESPN, and Outside Television, delivers professional lectures to businesses on risk management, and spends time with his family in Colorado. Davenport was also named one of ESPN’s 50 Most Influential People in Action Sports. In addition, he’s even written two coffee-table books: Ski the 14ers and 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America. In short, Davenport has a glittering ski resume—and has no plans to slow down.

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Skiing Life in the Fall Line, a Q&A with Andrew McLean

Oct. 11th 2011

Andrew McLean has made a career out of searching out steep skiing lines around the world. But instead of relying on guides and helicopters, he’d rather do the groundwork himself and hike for his turns. He has first descents on all seven continents, and returns to Antarctica this fall for the forth time. We had a chance to speak with him from his home in Park City, Utah to share a little about his affinity for ski mountaineering.

Andrew McLean in AntarcticaYou’re kind of this world famous couloir chaser. It seems like it’s your favorite means by which to descend a mountain. Why?
I just like the aesthetics of couloirs. I grew up skiing at a really steep, rocky, and craggy area outside of Seattle called Alpental, and developed an early love of skiing couloirs.

When I moved out to the Wasatch there was all this great fluffy powder skiing but it didn’t have the same punch that the steeper lines did. It seems like steeper lines in the world tend to be couloirs, and I really enjoy the sensation of being inside these narrow, dark, steep and long chutes.

Has the technical extreme been eclipsed by the exploratory extreme? What are virtues of both, and which do you prefer? How are they different?
For a long time I was into going steeper and steeper. But it actually gets pretty hard, and you can waste a lot of time trying to squeeze out another two or three degrees of steepness, because, to ski a really steep line it has to be just right. It can’t be too icy, and it can’t be avalanche prone.

Just looking for steep lines all the time, it’s tough, and you end up not skiing a lot of them. You go out and easily waste a day trying to hunt down a line that doesn’t ever materialize. But in the process I’ve gotten into exploring more, going to new places, and experiencing the culture, discovering cool places where there is skiing to be had.

For me, having that experience in chute skiing, though, if I go to a place like Morocco I would be into the exploratory part of it, and also looking for steep chutes to ski. It’s kind of a blend. I like exploring, and if I can explore and find steep chutes, so much the better.

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