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What’s In Our Quiver: Ski Patrol and Freeride Coaches

Monday, February 11th, 2013

This week on What’s In Our Quiver, we reach out to a friend who has been immersed in the professional ski industry for years. Alix Klein recently moved to Tahoe from Crested Butte, Colorado, where she worked as a ski patrol and competed on the Freeride World Tour. She currently coaches the Sugar Bowl Freeride Team and she loves living in the Sierras, with access to so many fun activities right out her front door. Here are a few top ski products that have lasted Alix years of abuse, and that we just so happen to carry at Tahoe Mountain Sports.


Alix Klein Freeski World Tour

Alix sends a big air in a steep competition.


Black diamond avalung pack


Black Diamond AvalungAlix was kind enough to give us her honest opinion about her Avalung. We’re not going to hold out on you – this is straight up, no salt or lime:

It’s kind of a pain, but makes a cool horn noise when you blow on it really hard. It is slightly uncomfortable and I always wonder if it would stay in my mouth in a real avalanche….

TMS in no way intends to bash BD Avalung technology. They greatly increase your survival rate in the event that you are buried under snow. If you are considering an avalanche-specific backpack and this review makes you a bit apprehensive, we suggest you take a look at Avalanche Airbag Backpacks. They help you avoid being buried in the first place, and have completely swept the avy-pack genre for good reason.



black diamond pure carbon pole



Black Diamond poles – My BD poles are about ten years old and have been through a lot! The screw for the telescoping part sometimes comes loose, but a quick turn with a screwdriver and they are back to new! I love them! I love how tall they get for skating (like cross-country poles) and hiking, and then I can shorten them for skiing! The pole baskets have broken from being used for so long, but I just got new ones!





mammut pulse barryvox


Mammut Pulse Barryvox – I love this beacon! It is very user-friendly and simple to navigate with. It’s kinda scary to think a situation could ever come down to checking for a pulse before I start digging, but that’s better than wasting time or energy when you have other options. Luckily I haven’t had to use it in an emergency (yet?), but during practice I feel confident that it will perform under pressure – as long as I do!








arcteryx softshell


Arc’Teryx Softshell – This is the best skiing soft shell ever! I love the fuzzy inside and the sleek fit! On stormy days when I am skiing backcountry, I put the hood on and cruise! I also use it for camping or when I’m hiking or biking in cold weather. It’s very versatile.







smith snow goggles


Smith Goggles – I actually have two pairs of the Smith Phenom goggle, which is the guy’s version of the Smith Phase. They fit my face really well, so I don’t feel a cold breeze creeping through when it’s windy or I’m moving fast. This also prevents them from fogging up on me. I love the different styles and the interchangeable lenses, although I know there are some Smith goggles with lenses that are easier to change.





waterfalls in yosemite

Alix enjoys a trail-side refreshment in Yosemite.

Backcountry Magazine Hails Mammut Pulse Barryvox Avalanche Transceiver

Friday, January 8th, 2010

In a field-test in this month’s Backcountry Magazine, Mammut’s Pulse Barryvox avalanche transceiver is deemed Editors’ Choice among six beacons tested. Five testers, ranging in beacon experience from a veteran avalanche professional and seasoned backcountry skiers to an eight-year old first-time user, employed the beacons in both single and multiple burial scenarios. The three-antenna Pulse Barryvox emerged as the clear choice among Backcountry Magazine’s test team and editors.
All beacons were assessed on the same criteria: range, secondary search, pinpointing, multiple burial scenarios, and ergonomics. “There was ultimately one unanimous winner,” states Backcountry. “When asked, after completing their testing, which beacon they would choose, all testers selected the Pulse Barryvox, Backcountry Magazine’s 2010 Editors’ Choice.”

Mammut has received the same feedback again and again from over 20 professional organizations, from guide services and helicopter ski tour operators to ski resorts and backcountry patrol crews. Long recognized among professionals for its user-friendly operation, a new firmware update to the Pulse now renders it the easiest to use beacon for first-time users as well, like Backcountry’s young tester. The Pulse is now easier than ever to use right out of the box, with the Basic mode as simple as follow the arrow to the avalanche victim.

The Advanced mode allows for more experienced users to set their preferences, or for professionals to maintain fleets of beacons – a key reason that esteemed guiding services and high-profile resorts are switching to the Pulse en masse. Pulse fleets are currently in use at Canadian Mountain Holidays, Chugach Powder Guides, Telluride Heli Trax, Sun Valley Heli Ski and a host of other well-known guiding operations as well as patrols at Aspen Ski Company, Snowbird, Crested Butte, Alyeska, The Canyons and many other destinations.

“The V.3.0 firmware upgrade retains all of the function of the previous Pulse Barryvox, with the addition of a separate simplified interface for the novice user, what we call the “basic user-profile”,” said David Furman, Hardgoods Category Manager for Mammut Sports Group USA. “It makes the Pulse not only the best choice for highly qualified users and pros, but the best choice for anyone heading out in avalanche terrain.”

With the new firmware, the Pulse retains its feature-rich function in the advanced user-profile, and adds a simple, easy to use interface for the basic or novice user. Enhancements include the Basic and Advanced
user profile settings, increased receiving range, and more effective search functions. The new firmware is standard on all new Pulse Barryvox beacons, and existing units can be upgraded at select dealers nationwide. Firmware upgrade sites can be found online at: or by reaching Mammut USA customer service at 1.800.451.5127.

About the Mammut Pulse Barryvox

Designed with a team of Swiss engineers over the course of several years, Mammut’s Pulse Barryvox was developed with a third antenna for increased accuracy and with the goal of providing rescuers with a transceiver that is fast, easy, and effective to use in both simple and complicated search scenarios. The third antenna allows for smooth, precise pinpointing at short range as well as in deep burial situations. It was the first 3-antenna transceiver with both digital and analog modes, and the first transceiver to communicate pulse and respiration information to rescuers.

The Pulse Barryvox is also the first transceiver to point to the location of the buried subject correctly even as the rescuer is moving away, eliminating the common “180-degree” flip-flop error because the display arrow points to the location of the buried subject in 360 degrees at all times.

Additional features of the Pulse Barryvox intended to increase rescue efficiency include the simple directional display for pinpointing utilizing the third antenna, automatic signal separation allowing the user to select and search for one signal at a time turning difficult multiple burials into a series of simple single-burials.

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