Last spring, I was given the opportunity to test out one of Black Diamond’s new skis, the Boundary 115. As the name might suggest, the ski is 115mm underfoot. In the 185cm size that I had, the dimensions are 142-115-124, with a short radius of 22m. The ski features regular camber underfoot and rocker in both the tip and tail.
If you know Black Diamond’s previous ski lineup, the dimensions of this ski may sound familiar. The Boundary 115 basically replaces the Amperage of years past. Black Diamond cut down on their ski lineup this year, so now there is the backcountry oriented carbon series, the Link series which is also oriented towards the backcountry, and the all-mountain Boundary series.
A couple of years ago, some innovative MIT guys invented the Avatech Probe which allows skiers to obtain reliable snowpack data in a quick digital format. But, they needed somewhere to keep all that data. Hence, Avanet was born.
At the time, Avanet was largely kept from the masses, being released primarily to snow professionals. But, it was obvious that the data stored in Avanet could be very useful for all winter backcountry users. In fact, we wrote about Avanet and some of its capabilities during our SP1 Review last spring. This summer, the Avatech/Avanet guys sat down again, enhancing their platform, and are now releasing it to recreational users as well.
What is Avanet?
Avanet is a platform that is available through the web or via a mobile app. Access via the web is through http://www.avatech.com/ and the app can be obtained on iTunes (currently no Android version available) at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/avanet/id1002265185.
While skiing with Alex on my first day of the 2105 season, I couldn’t help but notice a chute on Baldy that looked filled in and ready to go. I’ve noticed the chute before, but usually the top is blown out from the prevailing West winds. This year, however, the winds have been just a little different, so the line was in. Brittany had just been to the nearby WSCU bowl on Baldy, so we decided to check it out.
We skinned up to the the summit ridge, then followed it towards the line.
The top of the line is between two small summits (in fact, it’s right off of Baldy’s actual summit). Brittany decided the line should be called the Camel Humps couloir. Meanwhile, this fun line on the East side that Pete Sowar and I skied a couple of years ago wasn’t looking quite filled in.
Over on the Camel Humps, however, the skiing was good. It’s a fun line.
Winter gave a little tease in October, but the first November storm made winter more official. By the first weekend of November, snow surrounded us, and the backcountry was getting reliably good enough to ski.
I headed out with Alex on the Friday before that weekend, as the storm was supposedly waning. But, as you can tell, it was still a full-fledged blizzard.
We ventured above treeline, seeking out better snow. But, visibility was pretty poor.
The skiing was good up high, but again difficult to see. Nonetheless, we enjoyed about 2 feet of fresh blower powder, and I have about 40 pictures that look exactly like this one
The next week, Frank headed out with Alex for his first day of the season. It was a bluebird and beautiful day.