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Mind Over Mountain: Andreas Fransson’s Story

Andreas Fransson defined modern extreme skiing with fearless firsts and repeat descents that ranked among those of steep-skiing pioneers who, before him, delimited what was doable on skis. He shattered those limits. Editor Tyler Cohen spent a few days in 2013 skiing in Chamonix, France to ski in the shadow of a legend who died Monday, September 29.

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Mind Over Mountain: Andreas Fransson’s Story

Andreas Fransson stabs a ski pole into the pillowy, 45-degree snow slope below the imposing granite summit of the Aiguille du Midi. He’s 20 feet beyond the four-inch-thick anchor line that serves as … [Read More...]

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Splitboarder Liz Daley Killed In Argentine Avalanche

According to the Argentine news outlet OPI Santa Cruz, splitboarder and AMGA guide Liz Daley, of Tacoma, Wash., was killed in an avalanche on Monday near El Chantél, Argentina. Daley, and her party … [Read More...]

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Andreas Fransson & JP Auclair Confirmed Dead in South American Avalanche

According to a news report published by Chilean news outlet Publicmetro.cl, extreme skiers Andreas Fransson and JP Auclair have reportedly died in an avalanche that occurred late Monday on Monte San … [Read More...]

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Backcountry Hut, Lodge and Yurt Guide

Here it is, the list of more than 200 huts, lodges and yurts throughout North America. Got an addition? E-mail tyler[at]backcountrymagazine.com. Happy traveling! Information is arranged as follows: … [Read More...]

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WWA Film Festival, ‘Dreamline,’ Fines for Photos and the 2014 Travel Guide

Winter Wildlands Alliance Announces Backcountry Film Festival Lineup This year, the Winter Wildlands Alliance is hosting their 10th-annual Backcountry Film Festival. The tour will include nine films … [Read More...]

Gear

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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...]

Videos

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Video: The Works

This year, Backountry's annual Gear Test Week brought in more than 200 skis, bindings and boots and some 50 testers, all eager to test the latest technology in backcountry gear. With numbers like … [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: A Family Affair

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: The Big Picture

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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