BC Banter: Avy Closes Independence Pass, Centennial Skiers Complete 100th Descent and Colorado Cancels Summer

Avalanche Temporarily Closes Independence Pass LAKE COUNTY, COLO. An avalanche occurred just east of the Independence Pass summit on Tuesday, May 26, according to 9News. The slide, which resulted from a cornice fall, closed the road in both directions and was cleared by the Colorado Department of Transportation. On Thursday afternoon, another slide closed the Pass […]

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Photo Gallery: Colorado’s Deepest Month

“Since the beginning of May, parts of Colorado have received over three feet of new snow, especially at higher elevations,” says Front Range-based photographer Casey Day. And, he adds, after a … [Read More...]


Mountain Skills: Twelve Things I Learned at Icefall Lodge’s Ski Mountaineering Course

With a weeklong ski mountaineering course on glaciers of the remote Canadian Rockies ahead of me, I was anxious. What if I was the slowest hiker, the weakest skier? By the time I met the eight other … [Read More...]


BC Banter: Independence Pass Reopens, MSR Recalls Avy Shovels, Mt. Moran Avalanche Claims Two and Alpinist Releases 50th Issue

Independence Pass Reopens ASPEN, COLO. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) reopened Independence Pass yesterday at noon, as 20 cars waited at the gate for the opening. The Pass, which … [Read More...]

Mt. Moran from Jackson Lake. The Sickle Couloir drops from looker's right of the summit ridge. [Photo] Tyler Cohen

Mt. Moran Avalanche Claims Two

JACKSON, WYO. An avalanche on Sunday on Mt. Moran, Wyo. claimed its second life late Tuesday night. According to the Jackson Hole New and Guide, Stephen Adamson Jr. died at 10:34 p.m. on Tuesday, … [Read More...]



Summer Storage: What To Do With Your Skis and Boots

Spring is here. And in many places, so is full-on summer. But even though the snow is gone, that doesn't mean skis and boots can be tossed aside until next season. Without any of that pesky white … [Read More...]


Summer Storage: What to do with your jacket, pants and puffy in the off season

Despite the variability in winter conditions across the U.S. this year, one thing is finally consistent: winter is winding down, leaving a slew of winter gear to contend with in your closet, basement … [Read More...]


2016 Gear Test Week: The Round Up

After a week in Powder Mountain, the 50 gear testers and Backcountry staff have dispersed back to their respective mountain towns. Like the Annual Board Test, the Gear Test was a huge success; the … [Read More...]


Board Test: Day 1 Update

With the rapid escalation of splitboarding’s popularity, combined with technological advances in the winter sports industry, the selection process that goes into building a backcountry snowboarding … [Read More...]


Gear Preview: 2015 Outdoor Retailer Highlights (Part 2)

The trade-show floor of Salt Lake City, Utah’s Salt Palace is a proverbial candy store, a seemingly endless display of shiny, bright and new ski and snowboard gear to come. And there’s good news … [Read More...]



Backyard Roots: The Sleeping Giant

For those embedded in mountain towns, backyards hold more than just a grill and a patch of grass. Stepping outside to explore often means heading into National Forests, remote mountain ranges and … [Read More...]


Chamonixoxo: A Tribute to Liz Daley

In February 2014, photographer Kt Miller and professional skier Caroline Gleich met up with late snowboarder Liz Daley for two weeks of steep skiing in Chamonix. The trio accomplished famous and … [Read More...]


Video: Forbidden Traverse

Photographer Jason Hummel, brothers Andy and Mike Traslin and Jeff Rich recently knocked off the Forbidden Traverse, a noteworthy North Cascades multi-day route first pioneered by Martin Volken in … [Read More...]


Video: Glen Plake’s Chamonix

“Chamonix has a reputation worldwide as one of the greatest ski towns on earth; a lot of serious skiing, serious climbing, just big and dangerous and cool,” says Tom Runcie of Crested Butte, Colo. … [Read More...]


Video: Sun Dog

Dogs can shred, too. And it's about time they got their starring role in an artful and action-filled short. DPS's latest installment of Cinematic does just that, with Conga shredding steeps and powder … [Read More...]

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