Off-Piste Atlas Spills the Goods on Seattle’s Backcountry Backyard

While Snoqualmie may be the humblest of the Cascade passes, sitting just 3,000 feet above sea level, certified mountain guide Matt Schonwald believes it to be an underexplored cornucopia of descents. “It’s incredible how many tours are there—easily over 100,” he told me last month. “That pass is by far one of the densest ski touring areas in the country by pure volume of runs.”

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My Kit: Nine Tools for Ski Mountaineering in Montana’s Tobacco Roots

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Backstory: Consistently Inconsistent

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A Devine Path: Canadian-certified guide Kate Devine looks to mom for inspiration

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Caroline Gleich completes McLean’s Wasatch Chuting Gallery

Andrew McLean’s Chuting Gallery is in many ways considered to be the ski-mountaineering bible of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. With 90 descents, finishing every line in the book is a feat many skiers take … [Read More...]


Board Test Week’s Peaks and Valleys

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Board Test Week Kicks off at Crested Butte

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Tester Quick Takes Day Four: Gear Test Week 2018

Gear Test Week 2018 has come to a close, but remnants of the blazing sun at Powder Mountain, Utah still kiss testers' cheeks. As we start to reminisce, we take a look at two more testers and their … [Read More...]