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Soul Patrol: The Backcounty’s Original Rescue Squad

Each spring, a 20-person volunteer crew works alongside New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington Avalanche Center to educate Tuckerman Ravine skiers and provide rescue assistance. The group is officially known as the Mt. Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol (MWVSP), and John Kneiriem, a 25-year Tucks patroller, leads the force. Here’s his perspective on patrolling The Rock Pile. Backcountry: […]

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Soul Patrol: The Backcounty’s Original Rescue Squad

Each spring, a 20-person volunteer crew works alongside New Hampshire's Mt. Washington Avalanche Center to educate Tuckerman Ravine skiers and provide rescue assistance. The group is officially known … [Read More...]

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Spaceman: Greg Hill’s March Odyssey

“I hiked to outer space and skied back down in a month,” Greg Hill said over the phone as he boarded a Revelstoke gondola last week. “That’s pretty rad.” Hill, who is known for vertical … [Read More...]

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Shred Test 2015: It’s A Wrap

I gave away an avalanche airbag today. And the winner deserved it. She worked hard all week. They all did. My splitboarding gear testers kick ass. I only wish I had more airbag packs to give … [Read More...]

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2015 GEAR TEST WEEK VIDEO DISPATCH: DAY Three

The snow gods have halted their powdery offerings, forcing testers to strap on their skins and push farther out into Powder Mountain’s backcountry zones in search of shaded slopes. Others found soft spring snow between trees and ripped down groomers, ticking off as many different skis as they could in one day.

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2015 GEAR TEST WEEK VIDEO DISPATCH: Day Two

While skiers polished off the remaining pockets of fresh snow on the slopes of Powder Mountain, a contingent of testers snuck out to James Peak to hunt down some untouched powder. Lathered in sun screen and equipped with avalanche gear, they found what the were looking for—untouched white stuff under bluebird skies.

The test crew, and friends new and old, rolling in from ski towns across the country. [Photo] Tyler Cohen

2015 Gear Test Week Video Dispatch: Day Zero

Backcountry Magazine’s Gear Test Week, our annual pilgrimage to Powder Mountain, Utah, kicks off with more than 40 testers evaluating over 200 skis and 100 AT and telemark boots for five days to create next fall’s 2015 Gear Guide.