SCOTT Sports – The Cottonwood Project w/ Sam Cohen

By Sam Cohen

My old man came to Alta, Utah in the late 70’s. A transplant from Glencove, New York. Back then Alta was much different. The Salt Lake Valley wasn’t harboring over 1 million people and the snow was just as deep, adding up to more face shots for the diehard hippies skiing Alta back then. Many of these diehard Alta locals grew up and started having families, ushering in the next generation of “Altaholics”.

My mom worked at the Alta Lodge while my pop was out shooting ski photos. For them this meant finding a babysitter that could work long hours and keep up with my ridiculous antics. The ski hill became the perfect babysitter as was the case for most the locals up there. This led to the children of these transplants skiing together. Through the years we became very close and skied together every day as we continued to embody the saying “you are a product of your environment.”

Flash forward twenty years and most of us are still in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Something about having everything at your fingertips has kept me here. The easy access to amazing skiing, the splitter granite rock climbing, the international airport and anything you could ever need lies within 30 minutes of your house. The more I’ve traveled the more I realize how great this place really is.

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WildSnow – Skis From the Future – SCOTT PURE

From WildSnow.com By Slator Aplin

SKIS FROM THE FUTURE — 2021/22 IS ALL ABOUT THE FREERIDE

Another lap around the sun and another Outdoor Retailer. 2020 was a dynamic year (is that an understatement?*). 2021 is a fresh start and what better/base of a way to move forward than by checking what’s new in the world of ski touring?

Due to limitations around large-scale gatherings (like a packed Denver conference center), OR 2021 went virtual. We’re not quite sure what that means either, but we respect the energy that Outdoor Retailer Winter Online put into the online event. Our correspondence with outdoor brands is on-going, and largely consists of emails and zoom calls.

A product of these E-interactions is that we don’t get to compulsively fondle gear. There will be no arbitrary ski flexing, no rubbing new-age fabrics between our fingers or on our faces, and no tinkering with tools we don’t even have names for. That’s okay. We can still speculate about new gear and tag our first impression on What Hot and What’s Not. So here we go.

General Ski Theme for 2021/22

2021 is the Year of Freeride. Is this a sweeping generalization? Yes. There is innovation in other areas of the ski touring industry, but the overwhelming focus that I’m picking up on is that Freeride is IN. A lot of brands are upgrading current series to tailor more towards the Freeride skier. Maybe I can give a definition of what Freeride is to us here at Wildsnow:

Freeride
Adj.

A form of backcountry skiing whose primary focus is the aesthetic of the descent:
Kate defines herself as a Freeride skier because she’ll do whatever it takes to draw her unique line down the mountain.

Skiing that blends the accessibility of both on and off piste terrain
Jeez Louise, Denise seems to be Freeride skiing much more this season. She’s in the backcountry as much as she’s riding lifts.

With that definition in mind, let’s look at some of the skis coming out Fall 2021:


SCOTT PURE SKI

The Scott Pure is a big mountain purebred ski designed in collaboration with freeride phenom Jeremie Heitz. The Pure Ski features a similar construction to the existing Scott Superguide series: paulownia core with beech stringers and a carbon/aramid lattice wrapped over the top. The Pure however has an added layer of titanal for further dampening and edge hold at higher speeds. Scott is another great example of the moving focus towards freeride skiing right now. Last year, they introduced the Superguide Freetour (at 105 mm underfoot) as the biggest touring ski in their lineup. 2021 is bigger and burlier with the Pure Ski being 109 mm underfoot and weighing in at 2000 grams. That’s a lot of weight for the uphill, but it’s what one needs for big freeride style skiing.

Compared to other freeride skis that we’re mentioning (QST BLANK or BD Impulse), the Scott Pure has a more directional shape. There is tip and tail rise to the ski, but much more traditional camber underfoot and a long turning radius. This will make the ski hold an edge through variable snow and facilitate big sweeping La Liste style turns. So for those who arch traditional GS-style turns and cringe at the word slarve, the Pure looks to be more more up your alley.

For the rest of the list check out: Wild Snow

Downhill Dream Boot -SCOTT Freeguide Carbon Review

From Wild Snow By Aaron Rice

Scott Freeguide Carbon touring boot

Downhill Dream Boot

I’ve come up with a patent pending method to test the skiability of a boot. Step 1. Check the weather and ignore all but the most optimistic forecast then plan accordingly for a two-foot dump! Step 2. Drive to the trailhead with skis that are 124 underfoot and 184 long. Step 3. Realize that it only snowed 3-6 inches and it’s sitting on top of frozen crud. Step 4. See if the boot in question can still drive a massively oversized ski in horrendous conditions!

During the winter months you can find me solely in the backcountry earning my turns. Unlike some new arrivals drawn to the ski touring for uphill fitness, I’ve always been and still am primarily in it for the down. For me the best way to get the best turns is to earn them. I believe in this philosophy so much that in 2016, I spent the year skinning and skiing 2.5 million vertical feet and setting a new record and did so wearing Vulcans on skis 95-124 underfoot! So with that as my background and continuing to ski 300-400 thousand vertical feet each year, I not only need a boot that is going to be the most fun on the down, but also one that’s going to tour like a dream.

Intended use

Released in 2020, the Scott Freeguide Carbon is Scott’s offering for a freeride touring boot. It is the heaviest and stiffest boot in their touring line at an advertised 1455g (26.5) and 130 flex. The Superguide Carbon and the Cosmos III boots fill out their touring lineup, both a step lighter, softer, and less costly. The Freeguide is made with “Grilamid® mix + carbon fiber” which, best I can tell, is standard Grilamid plastic impregnated with carbon for added stiffness.

The Scott Freeguide Carbon touring boot scores high on downhill performance.

The Freeguide is intended to be the “new standard in freetouring” according to the Scott product description. It is a burly boot built to charge on the down but at a low weight for its class. The liner has an integrated boa system and the walkability is achieved with a two-part tongue and an advertised 60° cuff rotation (we will get into that more later).

Fit

Before I talk about fit, a little about my feet. I have a relatively standard arch height and foot width along with a very high instep (thick foot). There are a couple small bone spurs and problem spots, but nothing crazy. I also have very narrow calves. I wear a size 8.5 shoe (26 mondo) but almost always size down for ski boots to a 25.5.

I usually need to get a bit of work done on shells, however the Freeguide fit my foot pretty well right out of the box. I think this is due in large part to the plush liner, which I’m not accustomed to. The toe box was a bit narrow and my pinky toe was constantly being pushed into the rest of my toes. If this were to become my daily driver I would probably need to do some work on the toe box, but never got around to it this season. Otherwise this boot was a generalist when it came to fit, not particularly wide or narrow, and the plush liner allows it to fit a range of feet snuggly.

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One of the World’s Best Big Mountain Skiers Designed a Pure One-Ski Quiver Weapon

By Jon Jay From SKIMAG.com

Designed by professional big mountain skier Jérémie Heitz, the 2021-’22 Scott Pure is designed to be the only ski in his garage.

The Scott Pure was tested at the 2021 SKI Test in Solitude, Utah in the men’s all-mountain wide category.

Building on the success of the Scott SuperGuide Freetour ski, which was awarded Gear of the Year for 2021 by SKI Magazine, Scott Wintersports recently announced that it is planning to release a bigger, badder version of that ski next season called the Scott Pure.

Designed by Switzerland’s Jérémie Heitz, the Scott Pure features a very similar core construction as the SuperGuide Freetour—a lightweight paulownia and beech wood core with carbon fiber and aramid elements—but steps up the downhill performance for high-intensity skiing with a layer of Titanal that has been pre-shaped specifically for the Pure’s design. Add in a sandwich-sidewall construction, and this ski is built to charge like an angry bull.

Heitz, a Red Bull athlete who’s big mountain charging became famous thanks to films such as “La Liste” and “Félicité,” wanted to design a ski that would be his only tool for powder skiing, big mountain charging, and high-altitude ski mountaineering.

“The future of skiing is having only one pair [of skis] in my garage,” says Heitz in a promo film about the Scott Pure ski. “What’s important for me in a ski would be that I could use this ski for everyday. It has to be super stable, playful, and also light to hike [for] hours with.”

Watch: The Man Behind the Scott Pure Ski

SCOTT – PURE | Jérémie Heitz from Fabian Weber on Vimeo.

In addition to the beefy construction, the Scott Pure also features a progressive sidecut that Heitz designed specifically for freeride. With a longer turn radius underfoot but a shorter one in the tip and tail, the ski is designed to be more maneuverable when navigating steep terrain, but can still make wide, sweeping turns when pointed down the fall line.

With a 109mm waist and only two lengths planned for this autumn, the Scott Pure is definitely going to be on many freeride skiers’ short lists for skis to check out this autumn. SKI will have a full review based on this ski’s results from the annual SKI Test in September.

2022 Scott Pure Details

  • Lengths (cm): 182, 190
  • Dimensions (mm): 142-109-128
  • Turn Radius (m): 21 (182 length)
  • Weight: Approx. 1,850 g (4 lbs. 1 oz.)

POWDER – The Best Touring Boots of 2021

From Powder.com

SCOTT – Freeguide Carbon

Breeze uphill and rail down with these featherweight beasts

Flex: 130
Last: 101.5
Weight: 1430g
Price: $900

The Scott Freeguide Carbon has a progressive flex, which, combined with a solid forward lean and, and heel hold results in an extremely skiable touring boot. It’s comfortable and its wide last will fit a good range of skiers. The boot is lightweight at 1430g, given it’s designed as a touring boot, the Freeguide Carbon has a great balance of weight and power for a higher-end ski boot.

SCOTT’s new boot has a unique design, called cabrio hybrid construction, which combines typical overlap construction with a three-piece cabrio and tongue. I appreciated the intelligently-placed toe and instep buckle locations. The BOA feature on the liner allows for a snug fit, though skiers with lower-volume feet may find they have to over-tighten a bit.

The Freeguide Pro is a touring boot for intermediate skiers looking for something with medium stiffness. Don’t be deterred by the stated 130 flex. For advanced skiers, it can handle most conditions—it just needs to be finessed and perhaps updated with some aftermarket adjustments. —Erme Catino

For more of Powder’s picks check out the full list HERE.

Amie Engerbretson Presents – SNOW PONY

An exploration of the powder filled wonder of North America with the help and thrill of a throttle. I used to ride in the Truckee Rodeo and I always dreamt of being a rodeo queen. I wasn’t allowed to throw my hat in the ring because I didn’t own my own horse. I happily settled for the beer flag carrier between events atop a borrowed but trusty horse. Where do my skier and rodeo queen dreams meet? The moment I handed a country boy a stack of cash in rural Wyoming and got myself a snow pony… The trill of the ride, buck and wild, all to land atop untouched perfect snow, without a soul around.

I am always looking for ways to take things, especially my skiing, to the next level. Launching into snowmobiling for me is all about access. A way to a get to terrain to push and progress my skiing. The caveat? I had to learn something totally new first. Luckily, I have patient, funny friends that are willing to join me for the ride. Snow Pony follows myself and my friends as we sled and ski around the mountains of western North America, from Wyoming, to Revelstoke, to home in Tahoe. It’s an adventure, and I am a novice, but the snow, the skiing and the smiles are plenty! Let’s giv’er a whirl!

BACKPACKER announces Fall 2020 Editors’ Choice Awards

By Eli Bernstein From Snewsnet.com

SCOTT Superguide Freetour

For over a decade, BACKPACKER has sent a team of expert gear testers to a far-flung wintery zone for an intense week of ski touring, camping, and debate to bring you the season’s best products with our annual Editors’ Choice Awards. 

“It’s always challenging,” said Gear editor Eli Bernstein. “Winter camping is rarely easy, but this year threw us another curveball: the inability to safely undertake a group backcountry trip.”

To meet the challenge, BACKPACKER adapted by leaning on its team of more than 100 testers and category managers who hiked, climbed, and skied through whiteouts and over muddy trails while editors in the Boulder, Colorado, home office in vetted their picks on individual trips around the state.

Bernstein and the rest of the crew determined six deserving winners of the coveted awards. 

“These products represent the best the industry has to offer in terms of keeping outdoorspeople warm, safe, and confident on cold-weather adventures,” said Bernstein.

“We’ve never doled out awards in pre-designated categories, nor do we aim to fill a quota for number of awards,” said editorial director Shannon Davis. “BACKPACKER awards an Editors’ Choice based solely on that special, intangible quality where innovation, ergonomics, weight, price, design, utility, and plain old cool factor come together in just the perfect way.”

Fall 2020 Editors’ Choice Award Winner – SCOTT Superguide Freetour

SCOTT Superguide Freetour

No matter what type of terrain you’re in, this ski will keep you confident and in control.

Click here to check out the rest of the winners

Conquer the Elements with SCOTT this winter

2020 SKI Magazine Editors’ Choice – SCOTT Vapor & Symbol 2 Plus D

SKI Magazine editors used, abused, and reviewed a lot of gear this season. Here’s what stood out on a trip to Sun Valley.
By: SKI Magazine Editors Dec 13, 2019

Every season, SKI’s editors take a break from their desks to practice what they preach—skiing. Our annual Editor’s Choice trip is an opportunity for our staff to put boots on the ground and do some in-depth gear testing, as well as preview new and exciting things that are happening at ski resorts around the world. These trips have taken our staff to some pretty far-flung places, including Chile and Japan, but this year we headed somewhere closer to home: Sun Valley, Idaho.

Why Sun Valley? Because it’s got everything, from classic resort slopes ideal for testing carving skis to accessible backcountry that beckons to powder hounds and ski tourers alike. We did our best to sample a little bit of everything Sun Valley and Ketchum have to offer and put a plethora of new gear through the wringer in the process. Here are our editors’ favorite pieces of gear of the season.

SCOTT Vapor Goggle With Amplifier Lens Technology

The best type of ski goggle is the kind you don’t notice wearing: no fog, no glare or visual distortion, and the world only seems less clear when the goggles come off—not while wearing them. The new Scott Vapor is this type of goggle, and it’s comfortable on the face to boot. $120

SCOTT Symbol 2 Plus D Helmet

The Symbol 2 Plus D helmet’s industry-leading RAS Fit System and integrated MIPS means it sits exactly where it needs to be when buckled up, and an intuitive ventilation system makes it easy to cool off—or warm up—without having to remove gloves. $220

For the full list check out: SKI Magazine 2020 Editors Choice

Safe As – Safety Series Present by SCOTT – Episode 3

SCOTT athletes Elyse Saugstad and Jackie Paaso present the SAFE AS Safety Series: an introduction to key tips, advice and knowledge for avalanche prevention and snow safety.

 

Understanding Weather

Jackie presents the importance of understanding weather and how it can affect avalanche risk, as well as keeping up to date on local forecasts and avalanche conditions before heading into the backcountry.

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Protect Yourself

Elevate Your Safety

We develop, test and re-test in order to perfect our products over years and years. Our helmets, body protection or bags give you that extra bit of safety in those crucial areas of your body when it counts. Regardless if you ride skis, snowboards, MTB or road bike, “ELEVATE YOUR SAFETY” with SCOTT- we’ve got you covered.

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Safe As – Safety Series Present by SCOTT – Episode 2

SCOTT athletes Elyse Saugstad and Jackie Paaso present the SAFE AS Safety Series: an introduction to key tips, advice and knowledge for avalanche prevention and snow safety.

 

Human Factors

Elyse outlines how understanding and avoiding human errors and poor judgment in the backcountry, and maintaining good communication, is essential to making sure you and your friends enjoy the mountains safely.

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Protect Yourself

Elevate Your Safety

We develop, test and re-test in order to perfect our products over years and years. Our helmets, body protection or bags give you that extra bit of safety in those crucial areas of your body when it counts. Regardless if you ride skis, snowboards, MTB or road bike, “ELEVATE YOUR SAFETY” with SCOTT- we’ve got you covered.

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