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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.

Down to Earth: Freeskier Lexi Dupont dishes on new expedition education series

This past April, a team of skiers and educators from around the U.S. set out on a trip to Iceland with the intention of using their travel experiences as a teaching tool for students at the Bend, Ore. Waldorf School. The educational journey, dubbed Down to Earth, was developed by teacher Michaela Precourt along with seven other team members, including freeskier and environmental advocate Lexi DuPont, as a way to connect the passion of the expedition members for skiing with on-the-ground environmentalism, community engagement and educational outreach for students back in the states.

How world-champion freeskier Alison Gannett slashes glass ceilings

When Alison Gannett won the Freeskiing World Championship in 1998, she established her name in the sport. In 2001, she created her women-specific Rippin Chix Steep Camps and, in doing so, challenged skiing’s male-dominated landscape. Now, this year, Gannett is putting another crack in skiing’s glass ceiling.

No Avy Deaths in Utah: UAC director Mark Staples unpacks this year’s benchmark season

The 2017 winter season—bringing record-breaking snowfall, high winds and extreme avy danger on more than one occasion—is over. And Utah has surfaced at the end of this season with the accomplishment of having experienced zero avy deaths.

Granite Backcountry Alliance gains preliminary approval for glading projects in the White Mountains

On Wednesday, May 25, New Hampshire’s Granite Backcountry Alliance (GBA) announced that it received preliminary federal approval to begin planning for two backcountry skiing-specific clearing projects in the White Mountain National Forest—the first of their kind in the history of the WMNF.

Mountain Skills: Essential Education

The list of skills and knowledge needed to get into the mountains is never ending. In fact, it’s subject matter that numerous careers are built on, but safe and efficient backcountry travel doesn’t necessarily require a PhD in snow science or a guide’s certification. It takes common sense, good partners, a willingness to learn and, above all, the following 10 things that every skier and rider should know.

It’s what’s on the inside that counts: A Master Bootfitter’s guide to footbeds and liners

We last chatted with Board-certified pedorthist Bob Egeland just before the 2018 Gear Test Week at Powder Mountain to hear about the ABCs of bootfitting. In our conversation, he elaborated on the three key steps to a good AT boot fit: A) The proper shell size; B) Stabilizing the foot with some sort of foot bed; and C) Dealing with all of the padding, poking, punching and grinding.

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