Subscribe to Backcountry for just $24.95 and we'll send you this limited-edition t-shirt. PLUS you'll be entered into our 2017 Subscriber giveaway for a chance to win a pair of Editors' Choice Dynastar skis and Lange boots!

Skintrack Sketches: John Fellows carves a place for his recreation-inspired artwork

For John Fellows, 43, the pursuit of art did not follow a straight path. High school struggles and time abroad in Europe punctuated his journey to find an application for his loves of art and the environment.

Skintrack Sketches: Evan Chismark pens a vision of community, environment and stoke

This week in Skintrack Sketches, we take a look at the artwork of 39-year-old Vermont-based artist Evan Chismark, who has been documenting his surroundings since before he can remember. His work is often a depiction of the natural haunts he visits while mountain biking and snowboarding, and he strives to integrate a community element into many of his pieces with the hopes of sharing and growing support for the recreations and environments he loves. We caught up with him to learn more about how he brings these elements together in his pen and ink drawings. Here’s what he had to say.

The Winter Wildlands Alliance releases trailer for the 13th annual Backcountry Film Festival

The 13th annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival is ramping up for its mid-November premier in Boise, Idaho, with over 100 tour stops planned internationally for winter 2017/18. Since the first festival in 2005, comprised of a one-film screening, things have evolved into a 90-minute show of films selected by Winter Wildlands Alliance staff members.

Skintrack Sketches: Painter Rachel Pohl talks balancing reality and the conceptual in the mountains

In the backcountry world, photographs often steal the limelight when it comes to artistic representations of winter. So, in an attempt to broaden our creative horizons, we’re speaking this fall with artists working in a wide spectrum of mediums about how they integrate their love for mountains into their art.

Photographer Jason Hummel wanders Washington’s temperate rainforest in search of glacier skiing

Mild spring weather opened up an opportunity for photographer Jason Hummel to check off a number of glaciers in the remote Glacier Peak region, as well as the Chilliwack Mountains that span the border between Canada and the U.S. Forging through temperate rainforest underbrush and unpredictable coastal weather, Hummel was able to tag another 20 glaciers in just one month.

Farmer’s Almanac predicts normal winter. Skiers don’t hold their breath.

Summer is winding down, daylight hours are waning, and the Old Farmer’s Almanac has released its 2018 winter-weather predictions.

Bonanza Flats conservation marks win for Wasatch Backcountry Alliance

“This was a true collective effort, and it could not have happened if the nonprofit community had not rallied around it. We are thrilled that this land will be kept open to the public so that people can ski, hike, bike and enjoy the beauty of Bonanza Flats rather than have it developed into more mega-mansions.”

A Brand Evolution: Jason Levinthal and Matt Sterbenz talk partnerships and the future of 4FRNT

In a press release on June 27, 4FRNT Skis announced its acquisition by ski startup icon Jason Levinthal, owner of J Skis and founder of LINE skis and Full Tilt boots. In the press release, 4FRNT brand founder, Matt Sterbenz described his excitement for the evolution of his business and how he and Levinthal plan to work together to develop an even stronger presence for 4FRNT.

Public Comment Period opens for reevaluation of Utah Powderbird Heli Permit

The daily humming of helicopters has been an accepted part of life for backcountry skiers in the greater Salt Lake City area, but that may change soon. The Utah Forest Service has opened a public comment period, running from June 10 to July 10, to reevaluate the permit for Utah Powderbird (UPB)—a helicopter-skiing operation based in Little Cottonwood Canyon—that has been unchanged since 2004.

Josh Jespersen sets new Colorado 14er speed record

In 1991, Lou Dawson, of Wild Snow fame, became the first person to ski all of Colorado’s 14ers over a period of 13 years. As of May 21, ski-mountaineer and Navy SEAL Josh Jespersen scaled them all in less than five months.

css.php