Editor's note: This is a good read which I totally agree with BTW.
"Drew Tabke has been competing in big-mountain contests for the last eight years. In 2011, (and again in 2013) he won the overall title on the Freeskiing World Tour and placed second in 2012 on the Freeride World Tour. When he’s not competing, Tabke spends about 80 percent of his time in the backcountry, notching first ski descents in Washington’s North Cascades or in Chile’s Andes, where he spends three months each summer. Tabke, 28, spoke to us about his thoughts on the state of the backcountry while eating a burger at a pub in Seattle. What draws you to the backcountry? I don’t like people telling me what to do. In ski areas, you have rules, ski patrol, and so many things that decide what you can and cannot do. In the backcountry, the best experience for me is having an idea of where I want to go and not using a guidebook and not getting too much information and having an authentic adventure. That’s my ideal. Are there actually places left that haven’t been explored? Sure, in Washington, which is why I moved here from Utah. In Utah, it’s so hard to get somewhere where you can’t see another skin track. But in Washington, you may have a difficult approach, but then you get to a place where you have to figure out where to go, and you see no signs of other humans."
Scott Toepfer, a member of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, takes depth measurements every 50 feet at the crown of a lethal avalanche near Loveland Pass. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
PNW Deep Snow Skiing on Modern Equipment and Personal Reflections on Skimo Equipment Progression
Guest Blog by E.C. Greg
I had the good fortune to ski in the PNW last weekend at the tail end of
this significant storm/snow cycle and try out four excellent skis, all with
Dynafit bindings. The skis were: 177 Dynafit Huascaran, 182 Praxis GPO, 174
Dynafit Cho Oyu and 178 La Sportiva Hang 5. The PNW Mountains received 10+
feet of snow in the last week/while we were there. All the skis were lots
of fun and appropriate for the conditions.