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Meet The Mayor: Ogden, Utah’s Skiing, Biking High Chief

Since his election in 2012, Mayor Mike Caldwell has carried the torch for Ogden’s revitalization, creating more than 1,000 new jobs and bringing $10 million in grant money for the city that’s billing itself as the alternative ski town to Utah’s Salt Lake, just an hour north along the Wasatch Mountains.

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Lance’s Lab: The Deepest Days

Calvin, of Calvin and Hobbes, said it best: “Getting an inch of snow is like winning 10 cents in the lottery.” Everyone likes to win big. But what were the biggest winning storms—the all time … [Read More...]

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Snow Falls, Smart Probe Launched, Earlyups Releases ‘The Other Hours’

AvaTech Introduces SP1 and AvaNet This Monday, the group of MIT alums behind AvaTech, a new avalanche safety technology company, launched their SP1 probe along with their avalanche data-sharing … [Read More...]

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Throwback Thursday: The First BC Ski Mag

On the hunt for some Throwback Thursday fodder, editor Tyler Cohen took a trip down into the depths of Backcountry's basement. Amid the dust bunnies, the third and fourth editions of le Chronicle du … [Read More...]

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Biff America: On the Afterlife

Jeffery Bergeron, under the alias of Biff America, is a monthly columnist for BCM. Biff provides anecdotes about some of our favorite things: beer, sex and skiing. He can be seen on TV-8-Summit and … [Read More...]

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Lance’s Lab: Rocker Revelations

After watching their parents float through fluff and rise above backcountry crud for four seasons, my daughters finally drew the line. “We NEED fat, rockered skis!” one said. When asked why, they … [Read More...]

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The Smartprobe: AvaTech Launches SP1 and AvaNet

"Saving lives starts with understanding the snow under our feet and avoiding avalanches before they happen," says Brint Markle, co-founder and CEO of AvaTech, a new company focused on developing … [Read More...]

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Dynafit Announces Beast 16 DIN ISO Certification

On the heels of Marker's Kingpin tech binding launch, Dynafit is announcing the TÜV certification of their Beast 16 binding. Both products now meet DIN ISO 13992:2007, the TÜV certification … [Read More...]

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A New Kingpin: Behind Marker’s Tech Binding

Four years ago, Michi Buechers, an IFMGA-certified guide with a background in biomechanics, began working at Marker International. As binding product coordinator, he managed the team of three … [Read More...]

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Ace of Base(layers): Arc’teryx Phase SV Zip Neck

It’s borderline unsanitary how often I wear this layer. Literally every day that I’ve skinned over the last several seasons, the Phase SV has been my go-to top. It’s surprising that the collar … [Read More...]

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2015 Editors’ Choice Awards: Boots

From a crop of more than 50 backcountry boots tested in March at Powder Mountain, Utah, we’ve selected the best six models for 2015 based on overwhelming tester feedback and … [Read More...]

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Video: 95 to Infinity

Most skiers can squeeze in turns for five or six months out of the year, seven if they're lucky. For Andy and Mike Traslin, brothers hailing from British Columbia, things are a little different. The … [Read More...]

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Video: Powderwhore Productions’ Some Thing Else

As Powderwhore Productions approaches its 10th birthday, founding brothers Noah and Jonah Howell want to do something special. "All we did was capture our deepest powder ever, expeditions to the most … [Read More...]

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Video: The Tester Family

Backcountry's annual Gear Test Week brings together more than 50 testers from around the country, many of whom have been returning year after year for as long as they can remember. As a result, the … [Read More...]

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Video: Gear Test Week

In March, a crew of some 50 testers joined Backcountry's editors for a week on snow at Powder Mountain, Utah to test more than 200 new hardgoods. From the dust rose The 2015 Gear Guide and this … [Read More...]

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Video: Makin’ Bacon

“June is the most ideal time for skiing steep lines in Washington,” photographer Jason Hummel says following a six-day early-June traverse from Mt. Blum (7,680 ft.) to Bacon Peak (7,070 ft.) in … [Read More...]

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