Ever-evolving ski touring boots, bindings, skis, avalanches, commentary
2010-2020 was a decade for tech bindings. Featherweight boots. Carbon everything. Le spandex. Airbag packs.
Backcountry skiing has boomed far beyond what Lou might have anticipated when he started ‘the backcountry ski blog’. Avalanche courses now fill faster than organizers can offer them. Skin tracks might be getting more crowded but lighter gear lets us go farther to escape the crowds. ‘Skimo’ is officially a sport (despite Doug’s fervent disdain of the word) and may see its place at the Olympics before long. One could say ski touring is coming into its own in the U.S. in ways it has long thrived in Europe.
As we close the latest decade, here are the top twenty articles that got you readers going. Whether you loved these articles or hated them, you certainly had something to say about them. Some of this stuff is outdated (alas, the issue with Marker Kingpin toe pins did not get fixed) but compiled together, the list gives an overview of where the sport has come from, and insight into where it’s heading (more on that from Lou this week).
And if all this glimpsing to the past makes you nostalgic for ski touring gear of yore, just tap a term in the search bar and see what comes up. With more than 4000 articles in the WildSnow archives, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for.
Top 20 commented articles, organized by year
Backcountry Skiing News Roundup — Stephen Koch & Colorado
K2 Coomback Backcountry Ski Review
Quiver Killer Binding Mount Inserts
Onyx Final Production Binding — Parts One and Two (Pre-Release prevention, Brakes, More)
Dynafit Radical ST Backcountry Skiing Binding – Review
Dynafit 2011/12 — The new Ski Touring Bindings
Scott (Garmont) Cosmos — More Details
Dynafit Announces New Boots for 2012/13
Encore: The Problem with Snowsports Helmets — Progress Made
Site Visit — Sheep Creek Avalanche near Loveland Pass
Ripping Ligaments & Snapping Bones — Tech Binding Release Testing
Avalanche Airbag Backpack Overview
Problem with Marker Kingpin Toe Pins Loosening — Fixed
Dynastar Mythic — Ski Review
Avalanche Airbag Backpack – Use One or Not?
Blizzard Zero G 85 & 95 Side-by-Side Comparo
Top Best Ski Shops of the World — Vote!
Fritschi Tecton Ski Touring Binding — Mounted and Tested
On the Importance of Comms when Solo Ski Touring
Bench Racing the Salomon Atomic SHIFT Ski Binding
Resort Uphill Skiing — A Right or Privilege?
10 Tips to Prevent Tech Binding Pre-Release
Now that you’ve made it to the end, let us know in the comments: what’s your favorite stuff to read on WildSnow and what do you want more of?
While most of the WildSnow backcountry skiing blog posts are best attributed to a single author, some work well as done by the group.