Another arrow for your quiver to boost your safety in the backcountry. A great write up originally from Genuine Guide Gear‘s website and written by Jackson Hole Ski Patrol’s Jeff Burke on the Propagation Saw Test (PST). Click the link below to learn more:
Yes, definitely rather be skiing that snow. From Warren Miller:
Just a heads up: Due to lack of snow the Alpenglow Sports AT and Telemark Demo at Alpine Valley has been postponed!
UPDATE!!! Postponed until Feb. 11
Just wanted to highlight a few excellent resources of information for all of you skiers out there. As we all know waxing and ski maintenance is a huge part of ski performance whether your skis have scales on the bottom, are 130mm under foot, have a hole in the tip for lighter swing weight, or if you’re rocking one plank; keeping your equipment tuned will make you faster, more efficient, and having more fun, not to mention increase the longevity of your gear.
You may already know that all of the ski wax manufacturers normally send out a wax recommendation a few days before the nordic ski races happen. We normally try to post links to these as a heads up in case you need some tips for what should be sliding the fastest. Swix, Toko, and Fast Wax seem to be the most common. However those same companies aren’t out there just to help out the nordic racers. Here are a few more services they provide.
One thing most companies provide is a wax calculator which is great for all disciplines. They are obviously going to be based on their waxes so choose which company you prefer and see what they have to say. Here are a few links for you to check out.
A great resource to find out conditions in Lake Tahoe is Tahoe XC’s weather station/conditions page. Obviously this is geared for the nordic skiers so if you are going to higher elevations maybe check out on mountain conditions with the resorts or the Sierra Avalanche Center’s advisory.
Something else these same companies provide are tutorials on YouTube. You’ll find info on all disciplines and also not just basic waxing information. They’ve got edge and base tuning, ski flex information, high fluoro application, grip wax application, and many other options to keep your choice of sliding on snow performing at it’s best.
So whether you are new to waxing your own gear or a seasoned veteran all of these resources should be quite helpful to get you started or add to your quiver of knowledge to keep you moving along.
One last little plug for the Nordic folks; if you’ve yet to listen to Fasterskier.com’s podcasts they’ve got some great stuff going on over there. Obviously race stuff but also some killer tech info as well from some huge names. Check them out on iTunes. Or go to their website and search for “podcasts” in their search bar. Here’s what you get so far.
Looking for up to date info on how the skiing is in Tahoe?
We’re out most days and frequently post on our Facebook page what the skiing is like. Also you’ll see these reports on our Twitter feed!
Looking for Nordic conditions? Check out Tahoe XC’s webcam and conditions page to get the right wax dialed in! They’ve got a great weather station with everything you’ll need.
The 2011 Backcountry Vertical Challenge represents Lake Tahoe’s first ever FREE, community-wide fundraising initiative to benefit the Sierra Avalanche Center. In a quest to attain operational dollars for Lake Tahoe’s local avalanche forecasting agency, Alpenglow Sports has challenged the entire Tahoe backcountry community to a cumulative goal of 15 million vertical feet of human-powered uphill travel.
As a Tahoe backcountry enthusiast, this is your opportunity to give back to the Sierra Avalanche Center at zero cost to you! As such, every single foot of uphill travel matters, and no number is too small! While 15 million vertical feet is a lofty cumulative goal, the ultimate payoff is a $3000 donation to the Sierra Avalanche Center by Alpenglow Sports. The event is designed to motivate, inspire, and bond the Tahoe backcountry community around a vital resource for all methods of backcountry travel and recreation.
If $3000 wasn’t enough, Alpenglow Sports will be paying participants in the form of gift certificates for their progress! The event will run from November 15, 2011 through April 30, 2012. For competitive types, podium prizes will be awarded for the top three men and women, as well as for best camera edit pertaining to the event. Any skier or rider that registers data is also eligible for a FREE bi-monthly raffle! Major sponsors include: Black Diamond, Scarpa, G3, Rottefella, Marmot, Suunto, Clif Bar, Smith Optics, and Honey Stinger.