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Mr Hasemeyer tests gear, tries not to die

Pampered by Powder: A Day on the Slopes with Skiing World Champion Chris Davenport

Scrambled eggs, Canadian bacon, homestyle potatoes, a bowl of oatmeal and two cups of coffee: when preparing to take on Squaw Valley with Chris Davenport, simply a two-time World Champion skier who recently scaled and skied Mt. Everest, one must fuel up. So I did.

Sitting on 3,600 acres northwest of Lake Tahoe near the California and Nevada border, Squaw Valley offers skiers the chance to take on wide open runs (groomed and not) of greens, blues and blacks, most of which are clean of trees (death sticks), allowing the average skier to be more daring with less severe consequences. This range in terrain, altitude and weather presented the perfect setting to test my new gear — a Bern helmet, Gordini gloves, and Obermeyer jacket and pants — while being guided by this veteran pro.

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Are You Down?

Obermeyer KFO Down Insulator

Pop quiz, gear head: Do you know what down is? Did you guess feathers? Wrong. Down is simply the layer of fluff that resides just below a waterfowl’s plumage. Because it’s fluffy, it keeps you warm by trapping heat within clusters of air, which as you (should) know is one of the best insulators. As…