BCM Launches 2015 Gear Guide, a Microburst Hits Stowe, Vt. and WWA Seeks Film Submissions


The 2015 BCM Gear Guide is set to hit newsstands in less than a month with 29 Editors’ Choice products featured, Stowe, Vt. withstands a microburst affecting more than six acres and the Winter Wildlands Alliance ramps up for their 10th annual Backcountry Film Festival.

BCM Editors’ Choice: We Built This Logo on Rock and Roll


The kegerator is almost empty here at Backcountry’s headquarters, and the launch date for this year’s Gear Guide is quickly approaching. Before we roll out the issue, we’re pre-releasing this year’s Editors’ Choice Awards logo, which has been deservedly bestowed on 29 of the best, most innovative skis, spiltboards, boots and bindings of 2015.

Throwback Thursday: Your First BC Setup


Do you remember your first backcountry setup? Backcountry’s staff does. And nothing compares to the feeling of sliding a brand-new, or new-to-you, bc setup uphill…except maybe the feeling of flying down on it afterwards.

Call for Submissions: WWA 10th-Annual Backcountry Film Festival


In advance of their 10th-annual Backcountry Film Festival, Winter Wildlands Alliance is seeking film submissions showcasing the sweat, blower powder, smiles and summit high-fives that make the backcountry great. Send your submissions by September 15, 2014.

Gender Bender: Patagonia R-3 Hi-Loft Fleece


If you’ve spent any time on the streets of Boulder, Colorado, then you know the meaning of the word “Patagucci”: the quintessential piece for trust-funders who like to put “outdoorsy” in their OkCupid profiles. But we know that a Patagonia fleece is far more.

Weed Wars Rage in Aspen, WWA Needs Your Help and Maple Syrup Goes Mobile


Pot shops in Aspen, Co. are desperate to find each other’s bottom line, the WWA needs 1,000 comments by August 4 to a Forest Service snowmobile regulations draft and Vermont’s Cochran family brings maple syrup into the land of goos and sport beans.

Throwback Thursday: Remembering Carl Skoog


To most people, the late Carl Skoog was known as a talented skier, mountaineer and photographer. His skills in the mountains made him a role model for many, and his images were featured nine times on the cover of Backcountry. To the people who knew him best, Skoog was more than just a great skier with an eye for photography—he was a loyal friend, compassionate teacher and clean-living lover of life.

GoPro Goes Public, Gregory Sells for $85 Mil, Heady Topper on the Move


In the news now, GoPro sells 17.8 million shares on its first day at a high of $24 a pop, Black Diamond offloads Gregory for a cool $85 million and Heady Topper awaits a hearing regarding their intended move to Stowe, Vt.

Throwback Thursday: No Training Heels


Rossignol: Emphasizing the benefits of tele for free-heelers everywhere since 1907.

Throwback Thursday: The Original Fart Catcher


When our intern, Amos Horn, stumbled across this gem of an advertisement while flipping through Issue 20 in the kitchen-turned-office, he muttered, “What’s the policy on nudity? What are they even advertising?”