A sold-out ceremony ushers eight athletes and industry pioneers into the fold.
Hundreds packed into Seattle’s Bell Harbor Events Center on April 14 to welcome eight new Hall of Famers, while concurrently celebrating K2’s 50th year of ski-gear innovation. It was a fitting nod to the sport's history and future—a recognition of how far we’ve come and a celebration the people who helped pave the way.
CMH provides the helicopters, K2 provides the prototypes, guests provide the feedback for final ski designs.
K2 is interviewing for new ski designers. Job requirements: ability to ski thousands of vertical feet of untracked powder in British Columbia’s Monashee Mountains, then talk about skis while eating like a king and hanging at the bar. Successful applicants must be comfortable with helicopter transportation.
Think you’re qualified? No, K2 designer Anthony DeRocco hasn’t lost his job. And no, it’s not a paying gig—except for the new pair of skis you get. It’s part of a cool cross-promotion between Seattle-based K2 and Banff, B.C.–based CMH Heli Skiing.
Sturdy new Lock Jaw combines pole and probe functions
Adjustable poles are just nice to have. If you’re regularly touring the backcountry to earn your turns, extra length is ideal for ascents. Or maybe you just like the idea of something that can be shortened for storage and transportation ease—or something that can be quickly adjusted to help out a friend who left his poles at home. The key is durability: Too often, an adjustment mechanism weakens a pole. One wrong move in those slushy spring bumps, and snap—time for new poles.