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Mountain Skills: How to prepare for avalanche conditions in unfamiliar locations

It’s October, and you’ve already booked a hut week in the Monashees, a yurt trip in the Sawtooths or a weekend in the Wasatch. But how will you know what conditions will be like at, say, the end of February? And, more importantly, how can you be familiar with the snowpack and deal with avalanche conditions when you arrive in an unfamiliar backcountry zone?

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Biff America: On Sauna Etiquette

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

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Women’s Specific: Are female-focused skis necessity or preference?

Changes in skiing technology—think the first parabolic shapes, fat widths and rocker—usually bring excitement, not controversy. That is, until you consider women’s specific gear. More than a … [Read More...]

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Mountain Skills: Get the Most Out of the Uphill

While backcountry skiing or riding, we tend to spend more time going up than down. And, simply put, skinning done poorly is not fun. There are three primary ingredients to a good day of touring: … [Read More...]

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BC Banter: Brownsville, Vt. Buys Ascutney Trails, GoPro Faces Investigation and DPS’s New Films

  Town of Brownsville, Vt. Buys Ascutney Trails Brownsville, Vt. On Tuesday, October 14, the townspeople of Brownsville, Vt. voted to purchase 470 acres of the former Ascutney Mountain Ski … [Read More...]

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Going Deep: In Seattle, a little avalanche education in the evenings

If you’re like most experienced backcountry skiers it’s been more than 50 backcountry days and a few years since your last avalanche course. According to Scott Schell, the program director for … [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: Chugach Classics ‘From The Road’

Five years ago, Valdez Heli Ski guide Eric Henderson took a massive fall on Meteorite Peak, a classic descent in Alaska's Chugach Mountains, breaking his neck and ending his guiding career. Last … [Read More...]

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Changing the Snowboard Landscape: Jeremy Jones’s ‘Higher’ and bc riding

Over the last 25 years, Jeremy Jones has snowboarded everywhere from Vermont to Alaska. He was once a pioneer of big-mountain freeriding and has become a pioneer of human-powered riding. In 2007, he … [Read More...]

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Sliding The Tush: Off The Grid in Utah’s Tushar Mountains

"The sister range to Utah's Wasatch Mountains may be lesser know," Erme Catino writes of the Tushar Mountains in the October issue, "but it features the same approachable terrain and deep powder." … [Read More...]

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Video: Northern Iceland, The Water’s Very Edge

Shot on the snow-plastered, seaside steeps of Northern Iceland, this season's first episode of Salomon Freeski TV is dedicated to Andreas Fransson and JP Auclair, who died last week in an avalanche … [Read More...]

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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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