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Jesse S

Made with a WindStopper membrane, the Gore Running Wear Mythos WindStopper Softshell Jacket is a slim-fitting piece of substantial outerwear for high-output aerobic activities in less than perfect weather. The jacket is soft to the touch without being flimsy and offers a rear vent to minimize overheating. I tested this jacket while running in a light-ish snow in downtown Salt Lake City when the winds were still and the temperature hovered around 20F. I also tested it on long runs in town and sprints at a high school track in both balmy and breezy 40F and 25F weather, and on [...]

Jeff Stewart

Make no mistake about it—the Nordic bug is spreading throughout our office. Perhaps it’s because we’re buried in snow for five months out of the year, or maybe it’s because skate skiing provides one of the best damn workouts on the planet. Regardless, though, we’ve grown accustomed to Bill Demong being part of Park City’s surrounding landscape—that is if he’s not competing on the other side of the globe. For some background, Billy Demong is a four-time Olympian, a Cat.1 road racer, and the first American to win Gold in the Nordic Combined in over 86 years. On top of all [...]

Ian McIntosh

This “Behind The Line” episode was one of my favorite runs of last season. Angel Collinson, Todd Ligare, and myself spotted this face days before and the dream of skiing these lines began. From the top to the man-swallowing double bergschrund, it was 1700 vertical feet and scary to say the least. The hardpack icy snow on the lower portion of the face made it no easy task and demanded smart skiing. We all made it out alive, but not without a small scare when Todd Ligare slid out on the ice right above the huge schrund. He recovered like a [...]

Brian Mohr

For backcountry skiers, making the most of the Northeast’s notoriously fickle winter requires a good bit of creativity, some rose-colored goggles, and a true quiver of terrain options. When the steeps, for instance, are coated with an unedgable crust—thanks to a recent rainfall and a 50-degree temperature drop—it’s probably worth spending the afternoon ripping your local farmer’s pastures or laying fresh tracks through low-angle hardwoods. If the powder is belly deep, aim for the steep creeks and conifer alleys of higher elevations. It’s that simple—sort of. While the Northeast is ultimately a mecca for backcountry skiing, especially when it’s capped [...]

Backcountry Video

In the most recent episode of Salomon Freeski TV, “24 Hours,” we criss-cross through the lives of athletes Bobby Brown, Mark Abma, and Seb Eaves over a 24-hour period. It’s a day-in-the-life of freeskiing like you’ve never seen it. Switchback Entertainment’s Jeff Thomas delivered the post below, reflecting on the dynamics of one production being in three different places at once. Jeff Thomas, Switchback Entertainment Freeskiing is a diverse sport with many disciplines, and as the sport continues to evolve, skiers find themselves focusing on their own passions within the world of freeskiing. In the 24 Hours episode, we wanted [...]

Alex Bass

Despite the large number of Boa and Speed Lace boot options available on the market, most pro riders still use boots with traditional lacing. Why is that? Because traditional lacing offers the most customizable fit out of any of the lacing systems, allowing you to dial in the perfect fit to match your riding style, foot shape, and personal preferences. But you have to know how to tie your boots properly before you can take full advantage of traditional lacing’s benefits. The beauty of traditional lacing is that each set of lace hooks or eyelets creates a separate zone that [...]

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You’ve probably encountered numerous skiers (alpine racers, mogul skiers, big-mountain skiers, professional ski instructors), who have told you that their technique is superior. I’m here to tell you that they’re all correct. Luckily there are a few key things that transcend any specific technique, and they’re things that every single professional skier will tell you are critical to your success and improvement as a skier. 1. Keep Your Vision And Body Downhill Keeping your vision high, instead of down at your skis, will allow you to see the terrain in front of you so you can ski more proactively. This [...]

Griffin Post

While I’ve made close to a dozen trips to Canada in my ski career, this is the scene that immediately comes to mind whenever anyone asks me about our neighbors to the north: It’s been snowing for days. Not flurries, either. Fat flakes. Flakes the size of Wheaties have been coming down, seemingly endlessly, day and night. Save for a few branches poking out, the evergreens are so caked they look more like inverted snow cones than trees. The skiing has been so good that run discussion is moot. Each chairlift ride we enthusiastically recap the intricacies of our runs [...]

Beth Lopez

The weekend clearly comprises the best two days ending in –y, besides “holiday.” But unfortunately, the days we don’t have to go to work are the same days most people don’t have to go to work. And many Salt Lake locals have the same idea on a sunny Saturday: schussing. (Hence the sad nickname Wasangeles.) Fortunately, the masses concentrate in just a handful of well-known places. And you have better fish to fry—with a tiny bit of effort and experimentation, you can find some killer spots untouched by anyone but you and your posse. Above Photo By: Tommy Chandler Mineral [...]

Backcountry Video

Take it from Bruce Tremper: the Utah Avalanche Center’s head forecaster and resident snowpack whisperer has spent more time digging in the snow than some of us have breathing—he’s been at UAC since 1986, worked in Montana and Alaska, and written the definitive book about avalanche safety—so it’s a good bet he knows a thing or two about making good decisions in avalanche terrain. We were able to grab him as he headed out for a ski, and he was gracious enough to crack an egg of knowledge all over our heads; check out the video, read on for some [...]

Rob de Luca

The farther you go into the backcountry, the more fatigued you’ll feel dragging along heavy gear. Here’s how to lighten your load without sacrificing performance. What’s Got You Down? You know the feeling. You’re slogging like an Everest climber in the Death Zone up the skin track, one leaden foot in front of the other, not sure if that clicking sound is your bindings or your heart valves about to give out. You look up and see your friend and partner (who you’re sure, at this point, must possess bionic legs) 200 yards in front of you, paused mid-stride, looking [...]

Lexi D.

Backcountry.com’s online community comprises a passionate group of wanderers, adventurers, Gearheads, athletes, and guys and girls who make mincemeat of that 5.12b you’ve been eyeing. Community Connection profiles outstanding individuals within the Backcountry herd. Meet Brandon, a 3D Visual Effects Artist based in California with a passion for climbing and mountaineering and an uncanny talent for photographic arts. Brandon started out as a young skate punk and gradually flourished into a multi-continental alpinist. Brandon, would you rather spend your time bagging summits or ice climbing? I’ve had this similar conversation with lots of people. There are some rabid opinions out [...]

Rob de Luca

Beat – er: | ˈbētər | noun 1. A person who uses bravado in an effort to make up for his or her lack of skill. 2. A person who mistakes having fun for being “rad.” Everybody knows the highest accomplishment in skiing is to go fast and big while looking like you aren’t trying at all. But you don’t have to be able to sail smoothly over every gap to hold your own at the resort. Even if you can really only French fry somewhat proficiently, the main thing is to avoid being a beater. Here’s how. Ski-Bro Lingo and When [...]

Sean Zimmerman-Wall

The beacon leads to the probe, the probe leads to the shovel, and the shovel leads to your partner. Finding a probe and shovel combo that fits your needs can be difficult with all the options out on the market today. Various sizes, shapes, and lengths proliferate the landscape. To aid in your decision-making, we’ve assembled a guide that lists the pertinent features of each product and highlighted what kind of user they are designed for. The right kit for the right use If you are the Andrew McLean super-tour type, lightweight equipment is paramount. Smaller blades and shorter probes [...]

Dwyer C Haney

Have you ever wondered what’s hiding beneath the visible parts of your ski? What gives your ski its pop or edge hold? Or what the fuss over carbon fiber stringers is all about? This guide to ski construction takes you from the center of your ski to its edges, explaining how skis are built and how materials and manufacturing techniques can affect your skiing. Table of Contents Ski Cores Composite Layers Plastics Metals Ski Cores Manufacturers have explored a bunch of different materials for ski building over the past 40 years. While some materials have enjoyed a fair bit of [...]

Sean Zimmerman-Wall

Choosing between avalanche beacons can produce deer-in-headlights paralysis if you aren’t quite sure about all the features, what they do, and what you need. This article will break down the features and give advice according to what user group you’re in. Photo Credit: Tommy Chandler I have divided the market into three user groups: Recreational users are defined as riders who mainly ride the resorts and seldom go beyond the gates. Enthusiast users are defined as riders who spend quite a few days of their ski season in the backcountry and travel with a group of competent rescuers. Professional users [...]

Ingrid Backstrom

Skis today are labeled as skis and women’s skis. So if you’re a woman, do you need a women’s ski? This is a question I’m often asked. The straight answer is no, you do not need one. The not-so-straight answer looks into how, for most women, a women-specific ski can have the potential to help your skiing in some unexpected ways. Above Photo: Backcountry.com Athlete Ingrid Backstrom slaying some powder. Photo Credit: Re Wikstrom The Right Fit Let’s anthropomorphize for a second (mainly so I can use that word, because it’s awesome), and think of each ski as an individual, [...]

Ian Provo

In August of 2013, we traveled to Bolivia. It was the craziest place we’ve ever been! This remote country has been on our radar ever since we became obsessed with riding mountains and fly fishing, but it always seemed untouchable. All we wanted to do was catch a big golden dorado on the fly in a jungle choked, Amazonian headwater stream, but the trip evolved into something much greater. With the help of our friends Patrick Taendler, Federico Marancenbaum, and The Green Forest Lodge at Caño Negro, we had a rare opportunity to fish for a grand slam in the [...]

Genevieve Mount

One of the good things about tele skiing is that you automatically have skis, boots, and bindings that work for touring. But you aren’t ready to hit the backcountry just because you have a free heel. Here are a few tips to help make your first time as enjoyable as possible. Photo Credit: Tommy Chandler 1. Avy Safety Make sure you know what you’re doing: learn about the backcountry, practice with the equipment you’ll be using, and practice with the buddies you’ll tour with. It’s ideal to have your own probe, shovel and beacon, but that’s not always realistic money-wise, [...]

Ingrid Backstrom

Sometimes you can get so caught up in making sure you have all the right gear for ski touring (beacon, shovel, probe) that the proper layering is an afterthought at best. And when you haven’t layered right, it can be supremely uncomfortable, with day-ruining potential. Above Photo: Backcountry.com athlete Ingrid Backstrom getting ready to drop in. Photo Credit: Re Wikstrom I’ve made all the mistakes there are to make when it comes to layering for backcountry skiing, and I’m sure I’ll continue to be sweating off one body part while simultaneously freezing off another many, many more times.  But here are a [...]

Diana Jenson

An hour outside of Vancouver, there’s a beautiful temperate rainforest unlike any place I’ve seen before. The land is green with trees, moss, and other forms of vegetation, in the middle of which are boulders, boulders, and more boulders. There are granite boulders everywhere. This place is called Squamish, and I might just call it my bouldering paradise. When to Go I’d been hearing about the bouldering opportunities in Squamish for a long time, so this past October a friend and I decided we’d make the trip. Going to Squamish in October is risky; it rains a lot there, and [...]

Molly Baker

In this Sweetgrass Productions short, Backcountry athlete Molly Baker reflects on how skiing has provided her with direction, purpose, and the most compelling challenge of her life. Living the life of a ski bum, Molly has come to feel that big mountains and wide open spaces are more like home than anywhere else, and it’s those places that make her feel the most alive. As Molly says, “Whether it’s wind on your face, or feeling sunburnt, or feeling really happy in a powder turn…people want to feel something that’s real.” Check out Molly Baker in the Tiny House Tour 2014: [...]

Brian Bernard

What started as a way to make cheap tequila ever-so-slightly more palatable has evolved into an ongoing game of mixological one-upsmanship with no end in sight. Whether you’re headed to the desert to ring in the new year on ribbons of singletrack, diving deep into the woods for an avoid-the-crowds yurt trip, or taking in the closing-day shitshow at the resort, these five cocktails add a bit of celebratory spirit to your sport hydration drinks. That means they’re good for you, too. Skratcharitas The Skratcharita is a favorite, and for good reason. Pick your delight—lemon-lime, raspberry, or orange—and kick back [...]

Andrew McLean

This list of huts and lodges has no real geographical rhyme or reason; the huts are assembled together here mainly as I can vouch for their high quality. I’m a hut-ophile, though I’ve only been to about 10 official ones (I don’t count extended stays in abandoned houses, camping in storage units, or holing up in a fuel-storage locker as a legit hut experience, although that might be an interesting article in itself). My first hut trip had some rocky moments. We triggered avalanches, accidently insulted the helicopter pilot to the point that he threatened to make us walk back [...]

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