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

Mothers and daughters: it’s a relationship not often talked of in the ski-guiding world. But as the number of female guides grows, so too does the source of inspiration for ladies taking on the challenges of this particular career path. For Canadian-certified guide Kate Devine, her relationship with mother Grania has fueled her professional pursuits and helped her find guidance.

Caroline Gleich completes McLean’s Wasatch Chuting Gallery

On April 6, 2017, 31-year-old Caroline Gleich became the first woman to finish all the lines in Andrew McLean’s Chuting Gallery. To hear about this achievement and what it means to her, we caught up with Gleich at her home in Cottonwood Heights. Here is what she had to say.

Fabulous Feet: Master bootfitter Bob Egeland talks about how to approach AT boot fitting

While his profession might leave some feeling a bit squeamish, Bob Egeland, a board-certified Pedorthist, is passionate about keeping people happy in their ski boots all day long. And finding a comfortable fit is his top priority, especially for backcountry skiers who don’t have the option to take a break in the lodge if toes start to tingle.

Reggae Turns: How two Vermont skiers are reshaping backcountry terrain throughout the stat

Nestled in the mountains of central Vermont, the sleepy town of Rochester is usually a brief, 10-second view out the window for anyone passing through. But long volunteer hours from Rochester-area residents like Angus McCusker and Zac Freeman are giving visitors a reason to linger in town—and the surrounding woods.

Mt. Washington’s Cogs of Change: How a future hotel on New England’s highest peak could affect the East Coast bc mecca

In late 2016, it was announced by Wayne Presby, owner and operator of Mt. Washington’s cog railway for the past 34 years, that a new mid-mountain hotel might be added to the iconic mountain’s viewshed—potentially impacting access to the mountain’s much-loved ski lines.

Snowpack List: Avalanche assessments from around the U.S., Week of February 26

Windslab seems to be the snowpack story for winter 2017, with a layer cake of instabilities forming in many places across the west. With slabs on slabs on slabs, skiers can trigger deep avalanches if one weak layer steps down to the many others lurking beneath.

Snowpack List: Avalanche assessments from around the U.S., Week of February 19

This week in the western U.S., slab avalanches are a widespread concern for skiers and riders heading into the backcountry. With high winds affecting regions from Colorado to California and all the way north to Montana, near and above tree line skiing is a potentially dangerous proposition.

Alpenglow Mountain Festival 2017: A snowy winter brings more backcountry events and the Telluride Mountain Film Festival

From February 18 through 26, the fourth annual Alpenglow Mountain Festival, hosted by Alpenglow Sports, will take place in Tahoe City, Calif. The festival is host to touring clinics, AIARE avalanche courses, yoga workshops and much more. And for the first time, the festival will be showcasing the Telluride Mountain Film, playing nightly.

Snowpack List: Avalanche assessments from around the U.S.: Week of February 5

High winds and a combination of surface and deep snowpack instabilities keep rearing their heads and elevating the avalanche danger to high. This week is a time to play it safe.

Snowpack List: Avalanche assessments from around the U.S.: Week of January 29

This week, avalanche danger in the west requires a heightened awareness of terrain management. With surface hoar buried under new snow in many locations, and high winds accompanying many storm systems in the last few days, storm slabs are just waiting to be triggered.