Posted on March 28 2017
A Plea for Avalanche Safety, Atomic Gear Review and the Power of 4
Damn it feels good to be back at the bar! After the mid winter rush and race and trade show tour, grabbing a beer at the Carbondale shop never felt so good. Most importantly, I want to plug our live show from Aspen Ascent weekend at the Cliffhouse. Aspen Skico is closing down Buttermilk, but opening it back up for uphill traffic only. You can meet up with friends to skin up any time Saturday April 8th as long as you are up at the top for the live show starting at 1pm.
In episode 31 we recap the trade shows with a special focus on the new gear from Atomic. Every downhill company seems to be trying to get a piece of the backcountry gear pie, but few are actually doing it right. It has taken years of evolution to make a boot that looks and performs for Alpine skiing, but is light enough and has the range of motion to tour uphill. The new Atomic Hawx XCD 130 looks like it has done it coming in at an impressive weight of 1430 grams. This is way heavier than the boots we are usually stoked on that come in more of the 2 buckle variety, but it comes in hundred's of grams lighter than its competitors. Check out the Wildsnow Hawx breakdown here. For those of you that like your lightweight gear the Backland MTN Binding is the lightest fully featured binding on the market and even comes with the orange and black paint job that to differentiate itself from the Salomon MTN binding.
It is also time for the Power of 4 race recap, but also a list of what to do (or in our case what not to do) to get ready for your first Ski Mountaineering Race. We get some flack from some FOS about how much we talk about racing. The fact of the matter is epics are entertaining once they are over. Epics in the backcountry are dangerous and scary while epics on the race course are painful and funny. You think after 6 years of racing these events we would have it dialed, but there are lots of factors in Ski Mountaineering Racing that are out of your control and I find a new way to blow a race every time I put skins on, or every time they fall off.
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