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Dynafit Nachtspektakel in Tahoe – A Truly Spectacular Time!

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Tahoe Mountain Sports owner Dave Polivy attended the first Dynafit Nacktspektakel to hit Tahoe’s slopes. Read about it in this Adventure of the Week:

The Nacktspektakel crew

The Nacktspektakel crew

 

WHO: About 50 enthusiasts from the western US

WHAT: A Nacktspektakel

WHERE: Squaw Valley USA

WHEN: Saturday night, February 4th 2012

GEAR: All sorts of backcountry setups including Dynafit, splitboards, lots of Deuter backpacks and headlamps

So you ask… What the heck is a Nacktspektakel? Well, it’s a night of spectacular fun is my explanation.  A Nachtspektakel (pronounced knocked-shpeck-tockle) is a traditional European-style ski event that bonds people through the sport of ski touring. A cultural norm in Europe, night spectaculars are new ways to combine skiing, beer and food that are sure to catch on in the States, and in my opinion, they are here to stay! There is no better way to spend a Saturday night than skinning, drinking and meeting like-minded new friends.

The end of a great night

The end of a great night

A group of 50 gathered at the Village at Squaw Valley to meet up and embark on this unique event. We headed up the summer trail with the goal of High Camp on our minds and cold beer and hot food as our rewards. This was not your ordinary group of 50 seasoned backcountry skiers because there were people of all ability levels and with all types of gear. Abilities ranged from folks who had never donned skins before to the most seasoned of backcountry skiing vets along with splitboarders, Dynafit enthusiasts, telemarkers and the sidecountry-specific Marker Duke users of the world.

Skinning Up Squaw

Skinning Up Squaw

Once we arrived at High Camp at Squaw Valley USA, we were greeted by friendly staff ready to help us to our beverages of choice and serve us up a 3 course meal with salads, soups, burgers, pork shoulders and a wonderful berry cobbler dessert. Quite the meal for such high altitude dining. There was much revelry and many smiling faces throughout the event, but the dinner and camaraderie while at High Camp was at an all-time high. Everybody was truly stoked to be part of such a unique and fun event.

As the evening wore on, Squaw ski patrol was looking out for our safety and making sure we didn’t drink too much, so they started to shepherd us out of there and got us skiing on down the hill. As everybody geared up, the excitement for the ski down started to increase and more smiles came out because after all, at heart, we all love the downhill and that’s why we do the uphill to begin with! Skiing down in and out of the Squaw Valley lights was a great experience, and there was a lot of woot-wooting and hollering all the way down.

Gearing up for the ski down

Gearing up for the ski down

Benefiting from the night was the Snow Leopard, an endangered species currently living in the high Himalaya of Tibet and China. A portion of everybody’s registration fee is being donated to the Snow Leopard Trust, which is working to conserve these mysterious animal’s habitat and existence and is a truly worthy recipient of our donated dollars. Thanks to them for all the work that they do.

Lastly, thanks to the sponsors of this great event, Dynafit, Squaw Valley USA, Alpenglow Sports in Tahoe City and of course, ourselves, Tahoe Mountain Sports. We look forward to putting on more great events like this and hope you will join us!

For more photos of the Tahoe Dynafit Nachtspektakel event visit our Facebook page or Kenny Blum Photography.

Dynafit Stoke Skis
Dynafit Stoke Skis
MSRP: $679.95
Dynafit Speed Radical Binding
Dynafit Speed Radical Binding
MSRP: $399.95
Marker Duke Ski Binding
Marker Duke Ski Binding
MSRP: $449.00

 

Get Radical: Dynafit’s New Radical Backcountry Bindings

Friday, December 9th, 2011

If you are into backcountry skiing but haven’t tried Dynafit bindings yet, do yourself a favor. If you’re just starting out, you could buy another AT binding, then buy Dynafits a few years down the road when you realize what most others have (they’re the best)… OR you could save money and just buy them now.

There are stats all over the internet showing backcountry skiing booming in the last couple years, and I am firmly part of that boom, starting a few years back. Luckily, I was talked into going whole-hog when buying my alpine touring setup and bought Dynafit bindings – the Vertical STs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m roughly 110 percent sold on the Dynafit design, and really have no complaints about them. They’re ridiculously light – you carry no binding (no extra weight) with your boot as you stride in walking mode (which is super smooth and natural), and they ski as well as my alpine bindings when it comes to power transmission and flex. But I decided to check out the latest and greatest anyway when the new Dynafit Radical series rolled into Tahoe Mountain Sports.

The Dynafit Radical Series, available in the burly Dynafit Radical FT, the economic Dynafit Radical ST and the uber-light Speed Radical, makes a number of evolutionary changes – all of which, in my estimation, will make these bindings even better.

The way you get into a Dynafit binding is by stepping into the toe pins up front, which lock into metal inserts on Dynafit compatible boots (Like the Black Diamond Quadrant) then dropping into the heel. When I first bought the Vertical STs, it was a bit of a hunt to hit the pins in the right place with my toe. But the Radical series adds metal wings, so all you have to do is bring your toe forward into the toe piece, and the wings stop your boot right where you need to step in.

When you’re skinning up hill on AT skis, most bindings have a way to lift your heal, which means it doesn’t have to drop all the way back to the ski on steep inclines with each step – sort of like walking up stairs – which is much easier on your calf muscles. My older Vertical bindings did this with what’s called a “volcano.” The heal piece rotated from ski mode, to a flat walking mode, and then up to two different heights for different inclines. Some folks found their volcanoes getting loose and rotating a little too freely after a lot of use. The new Radical bindings address that by limiting that rotating motion to the transition from walk to ski – but the two climbing modes are now accomplished with a flipping heal riser that promises to be even easier to change with your ski pole.

Another concern that had many hesitate from going to Dynafit bindings was the release mechanism – and while I have never had a problem with either pre-release while skiing or a bad release while crashing – Dynafit has made improvements on that front as well. A lot of alpine bindings have a low friction plate under the toe to insure a smooth release, and Dynafit has co opted that technology at the heal (Dynafit bindings release at the heal) with a spring-loaded piece that slides from side to side.

There are more subtle changes between the old Vertical and new Radical bindings, but after a few years on the Verticals, these are the changes that jumped out on me. I can’t recommend these bindings enough, whether you’re a backcountry veteran or just getting into the sport.

Need a pro endorsement? We talked to Greg Hill, backcountry skier extraordinaire who got over 2 million vertical feet in the backcountry last season, about the Dynafit Radical series when it was announced last winter:

And as always, if you’ve got any questions about the new Dynafit Radical bindings, backcountry ski gear, give us a call, send us an email or stop on by Tahoe Mountain Sports!

Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2011

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Whew! We’re wrapping up our trips to Salt Lake City this weekend after attending Outdoor Retailer, where we scoped out all the new gear for next winter 2011–12. We’ve got loads of fun previews and reviews coming your way, but for now you can check out our OR photo album on Facebook and enjoy this short video of Greg Hill, who I ran into at the Dynafit booth. He’s been all up in the news lately for his recent achievement of 2 million vertical feet climbed in one year. So impressive. We’re not worthy!

Pow Skiing on Jake’s Peak With the VholdR ContourHD 1080p

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Back on February 22nd I got out for a day of pow skiing on Jake’s Peak. I was trying to do something fairly mellow and test out my new setup of Black Diamond Zealots with Dynafit Vertical ST bindings. I’ve been a fan of the Zealot’s for a while but I am just now learning about the advantages of the Dynafit binding. They are lighter, tour better, and ski better than any other binding that I have tried. This is nothing new, I’m just awakening to what serious backcountry skiers and ski mountaineers have known for decades. These are the best no compromises AT binding on the market. Look for a full review after I get a few more days on them.

I also tried out the 720p 60 frames per second mode on the VholdR ContourHD 1080p and I think its the best quality video I’ve gotten so far with this thing. It lost some quality when the video was hosted on Vimeo, but you can get the idea. The original file was over 350 MB for a minute and ten seconds of video. Not really feasible for streaming over the net, but it looks amazing on a HD monitor.  The higher frame rate really smoothes out the video, I highly recommend this setting for skiing. As you can see from the video, the snow wasn’t too shabby either.

Jakes Peak Pow 2.22.10 from Nathaniel Mildner on Vimeo.

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