Northern Escape Heliskiing Now Offering Early Season Catskiing

on Wednesday, 17 December 2014. Posted in Powder Skiing By: Todd Avison

Start your first run catskiing with a heli drop!

Well this is a cool concept. Northern Escape Heliskiing just announced that they will be running a unique catskiing program for the 1st month of the season. Now skiers and boarders can experience the deep, remote powder of Northern Escape's terrain at a fraction of the price of heliskiing. And there is a bonus...your first ride is in a helicopter!

From December 11th to January 15th each season, Northern Escape will be offering this package - 3 days all inclusive unlimited vertical for $2299 per person. Not bad for 3 days catskiing from a heli lodge where you get a heli drop to start your day. Also, if the sun comes out, you will have the opportunity to make the switch to all-day heliskiing - for an additional cost of course. 

Learn more about Catskiing at Northern Escape here >>>

Northern Escape's GM John Forrest had this to say:

With the more accessible cost of catskiing over heliskiing, this initiative will plumb a new market, reaching skiers and boarders keen to experience catskiing in one of BC's most rewarding backcountry areas. Staying true to our roots, we've added the heli-ski experience as a bonus. Groups don't need to decide in advance; our helicopters are ready to fly to some of the best heli-skiing terrain in the World.

About Northern Escape:

Northern Escape Heli-Skiing is located inNorthern BC, two hours north of Vancouver. With its 7,000 sq km tenure, northern Escape Heli skiing offers skiers and riders wide open bowls, glaciers and steep, sheltered tree skiing every day of the season. With access to the latest equipment and a team of experienced staff who are passionate about heli-skiing and heli-boarding, guests can expect an incredible, high-quality experience that will have them returning year after year.

www.neheliski.com

Dave Treadway Skiing at Monashee Powder Snowcats

on Tuesday, 16 December 2014. Posted in Powder Skiing By: Todd Avison

Freeride Media Catches up with Dave

Bob Legasa and the crew from Freedride Media caught up with Dave Treadway at Monashee Powder Snowcats for a few days of light powder skiing. They interview Dave to learn about what makes him tick, his career, being the youngest of 2 other pro skiers and about family life. It is a great profile of a humble but hard charging skier.

Fresh from the Factory - The Skevik Anton

on Monday, 01 December 2014. Posted in Powder Skiing, Gear News By: Todd Avison

They still have that new ski smell.

Fresh from the Factory - The Skevik Anton

Winter is here. Most of the major ski hills in BC are open. Everyday the snowcat operators are reporting on their road building. Like many of you, we are obsessed with gear and couldn't wait to pick up our new set of skis from Skevik Skis. We didn't go to the store though. Not even the distributor. We went right to their birthplace. The Skevik factory located in Vernon BC (very close to many catskiing and heliskiing operators!) 

We have skied the Skevik Anton before and love it. It is great to have a pair to round out our quiver. But there is something different about this pair. I am not sure if it is the stunning new Pell graphic or if the guys at Skevik are becoming masters at their craft. When I first picked up the Antons from the rack right outside the pressing room I was struck by the quality of the finishing. The bases are incredible. I have been in and around the ski business since the mid 90s and haven't seen factory bases this nice in a while. 

The fact that we know the guys who made these skis personally and that we were able to pick them up from where they were made just adds to the allure of Skevik. The independent ski manufacturing world has really progressed and we are excited to find out what interesting new designs Skevik will come up with this season. In the meantime, we have to get these new Antons mounted up and ready for our first trip. 

Here is a shiny gallery before we mount them up:

For more on Skevik, go here: www.skevikskis.com

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Our very brief but to the point video review of the Skevik Anton:

Icebreaker Keeps Life Cozy with the Cold front

on Sunday, 30 November 2014. Posted in Powder Skiing, Gear News By: Adam Benson

What's up with the Down?

Icebreaker Keeps Life Cozy with the Cold front

As the ski hills around British Columbia start the process of opening, it means that catskiing is just around the corner! As I sit here at the computer, constantly checking the forecast and willing it to keep snowing, a cold front is pushing through and dropping nighttime temps to below -20 Celsius. If there is one thing that will get you thinking about warm clothes, it’s that first blast of winter and being outside wearing something suited more for your fall adventures.

This is where I turn my mind to a good insulating jacket, something with loft. I have a number of down jackets, and they are great, but they have their “down” sides (hahah, ahhh….. nevermind). Stink and loss of performance when wet are just a couple things that make you consider the conditions when using your puffy coat. New from Icebreaker this year is MerinoLOFT, bringing the goodness and multipurpose of merino wool to the insulated loft jacket world.

The MerinoLOFT Helix jacket, shown here in green, is made with a re-purposed highly insulating wool loft for extra warmth when you need it. A recycled polyester exterior sheds the snow flakes, and a merino lining maximizes the good feeling and minimizes the stink. That is always a big plus for the sweaty types like us that don’t want to a smell like we just joined a non-showering hippie revolution. Throw in some cool features like internal wrist gussets and a shaped hooded for when the cold and snow pushes in, and you’re all set.

Taking it up a notch, the MerinoLOFT Ranger Jacket is a blend of outdoor function and urban style. Still the high performance of merino wool, but in a package that you can dress up and take out on the town. We have a review on that coming shortly...

Check out the full line of new Icebreaker MerinoLOFT products for yourself and then get out on the snow!

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December Powder Skiing at Mustang Powder Catskiing

on Thursday, 27 November 2014. By: Todd Avison

Here is why you go to Mustang in December.

If it is good enough for Riley Leboe, Tanner Hall and JP Auclair, it is good enough for you! Here is an edit from early December last season. As you can see, it does not look like early season up at Mustang Powder Catskiing. We have been there opening weekend a couple of times and it is always incredible. In fact, we have only been there early December and we love it! I mean, what a great way to kick off your season. Christmas party conversations will go like this:

Christmas Party Guy: "So, have you been to the hill yet?"

You: "No, not yet"

Christmas Party Guy: "Really?! Aw man, it has been epic shredding out there. I have 4 days in on my pass already. Too busy I guess eh?!"

You: "It's not that, I just spent opening weekend and Mustang Powder and now everything else seems...well...you know"

Christmas Party Guy: "Oh....uh...nice. I gotta get in on that action next December!"

Don't be that guy! There are still a couple spots left and they have been marked down to $500 per day. And did we mention it has been pounding snow for days?!

For more info, go here: Mustang Powder

New RMU Skis to Test Out This Season

on Wednesday, 26 November 2014. Posted in Powder Skiing, Gear News By: Todd Avison

We are stoked to get out and test these new pow skis!

New RMU Skis to Test Out This Season

As ski season draws nearer we, like most skiers, turn our attention to gear. If we can't ski yet we might as well be looking at, talking about, buying and generally driving our significant other nuts over gear. Today we got a little gift from Mr. Postman in the form or two fresh sets of skis from Rocky Mountain Underground - RMU. We haven't skied on anything from RMU in the past so we are very eager to get out and give these a whirl. 

In our possession is a set of The Whole Enchilada and a set of The Professors. We will be testing, reviewing and shooting pics of these skis this season so stay tuned. 

Until then, take a cruise on down to your local ski shop and share in the early season waiting pain with the fellow skiers, it is only a few more days here in BC!

Check out the RMU line up here: http://www.rockymountainunderground.com/

The RMU Whole Enchilada:

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48 | 156 | 132 | 148 | 140

The RMU Professor:

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146 | 120 | 136

WIN a Pair of Rossignol Soul 7's from our Friends at Fresh Air

on Thursday, 20 November 2014. Posted in Powder Skiing By: Todd Avison

Who doesn't need a fresh set of pow skis to start off the season!

WIN a Pair of Rossignol Soul 7's from our Friends at Fresh Air

We tested the new Rossignol Soul 7 last season at the Big White Powder Ski test and were impressed. The new air tip core really makes a difference to the weight and nimbleness of the ski. We are fans and you will be to, especially if you win a pair. All you have to do is click the link and enter.

Enter Here:

www.freshair.ca/rossignol-giveaway