Throwback Thursday: Ski Racing Takes Off

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Contributor Dave Dornian saw it coming back in 2001—the bike-helmet-wearing, spandex-clad, skinny-ski toting explosion. Citing races like the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse and European events sanctioned by the International Council for Ski Mountaineering Competition (ISMC), Dorian predicted a boom in ski-mountaineering racing. “The ISMC’s current five-year plan calls for an increasing number of continental and intercontinental races,” he wrote. “Meanwhile, in the North American backcountry, the though of organized competitions is about as foreign as raclette or glügwein.”

Video: Northern Iceland, The Water’s Very Edge

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Shot on the snow-plastered, seaside steeps of Northern Iceland, this season’s first episode of Salomon Freeski TV is dedicated to Andreas Fransson and JP Auclair, who died last week in an avalanche on the Chilean-Argentine border. “Iceland is famous for its stories, mythical legends of land and people,” the narrator says, “even stories of heroic skiers.”

Land of the Rising Skintrack

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Editor Tyler Cohen takes a look inside Japan’s ascent to backcountry-skiing prominence.

Remembering Liz, Andreas & JP, Pretty Faces World Premiere, Backcountry’s 100th Issue

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Remembering Liz, Andreas & JP, ‘Pretty Faces’ world premiere kicks of in Boulder, Colo. and Backcountry ships the 100th Issue.

Mind Over Mountain: Andreas Fransson’s Story

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Andreas Fransson defined modern extreme skiing with fearless firsts and repeat descents that ranked among those of steep-skiing pioneers who, before him, delimited what was doable on skis. He shattered those limits. Editor Tyler Cohen spent a few days in 2013 skiing in Chamonix, France to ski in the shadow of a legend who died Monday, September 29.

Splitboarder Liz Daley Killed In Argentine Avalanche

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According to the Argentine news outlet OPI Santa Cruz, splitboarder and AMGA guide Liz Daley, of Tacoma, Wash., was killed in an avalanche on Monday near El Chantél, Argentina. Daley, and her party of five, were reportedly descending Cerro Vespignani (2,146 meters) when the avalanche struck, carrying her 200 meters.

Andreas Fransson & JP Auclair Confirmed Dead in South American Avalanche

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According to a news report published by Chilean news outlet Publicmetro.cl, extreme skiers Andreas Fransson and JP Auclair have reportedly died in an avalanche that occurred late Monday on Monte San Lorenzo on the Chilean-Argentinean border. Fransson and Auclair traveled last week to southern Chile with filmmaker Bjarne Salén and photographer Daniel Rönnbäck. The group planned to spend two weeks in the Patagonia region to film and shoot a collaborative webisode project.

40 Tribes: Backcountry Riding in Kyrgyzstan

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When Ryan Koupal first visited the China/Kyrgyzstan border in 1999, he was deeply intrigued by the rugged, remote Tien Shan Mountains. So, after graduating in 2003 with a degree in Mandarin Chinese from Middlebury College, he returned to the Tien Shan while leading programs for Where There Be Dragons, a study-abroad program for high school and college students.

Avalanche on Shishapangma, Nepal Kills Two

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According to a press release, Sebastian Haag and Andrea Zambaldi died yesterday in an avalanche on Nepal’s Shishapangma (8,013 meters). The two, who were ascending with Benedikt Böhm, Martin Maier and Ueli Steck, were within 100 meters of the summit when the avalanche struck. Maier was caught but survived the slide, which reportedly ran 600 vertical […]

The Smartprobe: AvaTech Launches SP1 and AvaNet

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“Saving lives starts with understanding the snow under our feet and avoiding avalanches before they happen,” says Brint Markle, co-founder and CEO of AvaTech, a new company focused on developing proactive avalanche safety technology. Their new probe, the SP1, launches today alongside AvaNet, a cloud platform for sharing avalanche data.

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