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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Throwback Thursday: The Original Fart Catcher

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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?”

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