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Ryan Koupal’s 40 Tribes Backcountry offers Asia’s most exotic yurt trips

Wake up, drink coffee, eat breakfast, climb outside to ski—it’s a classic yurt-trip experience. But instead of emerging into Colorado’s snow-covered aspens or British Columbia’s blanketed conifers, you awake in a high-mountain pasture where 12,000-foot peaks surround the yurt’s traditional woolen-felt cover. It is the farthest out, most exotic yurt-based ski setting imaginable—and that is exactly what Ryan Koupal set out to create in Kyrgyzstan seven years ago.

Austral Aspirations: Donny Roth talks guiding in Chile

For our next installment of “Austral Aspirations,” we talk with AMGA Guide Donny Roth who started out in South America as a ski instructor. Thirteen seasons later, Roth is now the owner and operator of Chile Powder Adventures, a guiding business that customizes ski trips into the Andes.

Summer Stashes: A session on Mt. Adams

All summer long, we will add to the growing list of places where you can find snowy terrain to beat the heat. This week we talked with skier and climber Andy Munas who took advantage of the remaining snow on Mt. Adams in the Cascades earlier in the season.

Summer Stashes: A guide’s guide to Mt. Shasta

For this week’s “Summer Stashes” installment we present Mt. Shasta, where Shasta Mountain Guide Rich Meyer pursues his favorite lines in late June.

Summer Stashes: Getting turns on Independence Pass

All summer long, we will add to the growing list of places where you can find snowy terrain to beat the heat. This week, we caught up with Tami Razinger and Tim McClellan who spent four days skiing on Independence Pass.

Summer Stashes: Vasu Sojitra escapes the crowds off Beartooth Highway

All summer long, we will add to the growing list of places where you can find snowy terrain to beat the heat for our series “Summer Stashes.” This week, we talked with Vasu Sojitra who spent Memorial Day weekend in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana.

Summer Stashes: Colorado’s North Maroon and Maroon Peaks

By now most skiers have accepted summer’s arrival in all its warmth and glory. But while some may be hanging up their gear for the season, high in the mountains remain a few dedicated souls who are still chasing turns. This summer, we will talk with a few of these die-hards about their favorite “summer stashes” that take them to the hills while they wait for the next snowfall.

Unlock the Gates: Mountain passes open for the summer

As the snow recedes, mountain roads start to open for the summer months. This week, mountain passes from the Rockies to the Cascades unlock their winter gates for summer traffic. And while this may limit backcountry skiing accessibility, mountain biking and hiking enthusiasts take to the hills.

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