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Zach W

Zach W




5' 8"


150 lbs

Shoe Size

US 8.50

Skier Type

Type III - Aggressive

Ski Frequency:

100+ days / year

My Skiing

Mostly Utah powder hunting with the goal of getting into ski mountaineering as my experience, skill, and confidence grow.

My Gear

(always in flux)
2021 - 2022:
Race - Aski Stealth // Trab Gara Titan
Steep - 171 Movement Alp Tracks 89 // Trab Titan Vario 1
Low Angle - 171 Voile Hypercharger // Trab Gara Titan
All with F1 LTs

Recent Posts

I've skied a ton of skis in this general category (Alp Tracks 89-169; Trab Maximo 171; Zero G 95-171; Blacklight 88-172; BD Cirque 78-169) but never the Backland 85 UL. However, I skied the Backland 78-163 for a full season as my only ski and really liked it, so I've wanted to get on these for a while. Fortunately, I had a chance to ski a friend's pair in 172 recently. I only skied these for a few hours, so take it with a grain of salt. I'm 5'8", 150 lbs, self-taught but expert skier. In short, these skis ...
Come on, jbo, let's keep this binding review page PG-13 please!
Thanks, Barry. No, the previous-gen Trofeo were much harder to turn than other race bindings. Actually, one thing to add to my review is that the current gen Trofeo are easier to turn, and in line with other race bindings. Good point on the torque; that could be it. But I suspect that if you go into the shop and turn a bunch of race heels, often shaped very similarly, you'll find significant differences in how hard it is to turn the heel, even if they're "rated" the same for lateral release. You can even t...
What's the point? Just a bit narrower and a bit lighter to fill in the Zero G lineup?
The chargiest Voile ski = a phenomenal powder touring ski. I am 5'8", 150 lbs, advanced skier but self-taught, tour 100+ days per year. These skis are light, moderately damp, nimble in tight spaces, have a huge sweet spot, and maintain stability in big turns. I view owning a powder ski as an important safety precaution. When the danger is high and you're stuck under 30*, you need a ski that can float and keep the speed up in low angle terrain. Otherwise - stuck on a stiff, narrow mountaineering ski - you w...

Trip Reports

Mount Tukuhnikivatz - North Face

Do I get to write a trip report if we skied the NE face instead of the N? We skied Little Tuk first and scouted the N face, but it looked heinously windswept and icy whereas NE held what looked like creamy pow, so we decided to ski that instead. The N Face looks like an incredible line if ...


2000 ft of perfect-grade, fall-line skiing with beautiful rock and fun-but-maneuverable chokes? Very fun. Only downside is that it's a bit tedious to get out of. I suppose you could ascend straight back up the line, but it seems the standard is to go around to East Pass between Red Top and...

Mt Superior - South Face

We headed up to ski the south face on what we thought might be one of the last great powder days of the season. The uptrack is a ton of fun - a good skin and then a very fun bootpack on the ridge. The first sight of Superior as you crest Cardiff Pk is absolutely breathtaking, and the sun r...

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