Ace of Base(layers): Arc’teryx Phase SV Zip Neck

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It’s borderline unsanitary how often I wear this layer. Literally every day that I’ve skinned over the last several seasons, the Phase SV has been my go-to top. It’s surprising that the collar isn’t crusted with sunblock, the cuffs aren’t permanently pasted with snot, and the pits haven’t discolored to a murky green….

Palm Pilot: Black Diamond Pilot Glove

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After spending my first several days of backcountry skiing with freezing fingers (and subsequent bouts of Screaming Barfies—that burning, rewarming feeling that makes you want to puke), I invested in some real touring gloves….

Softer Touch: Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hoody

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With fewer frills than a fancy pair of ski socks, my favorite jacket, a bare-bones softshell from Outdoor Research, could hardly be considered a shell when placed next to some fully-featured jackets that ring in at five times its price.

Video: Makin’ Bacon

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“June is the most ideal time for skiing steep lines in Washington,” photographer Jason Hummel says following a six-day early-June traverse from Mt. Blum (7,680 ft.) to Bacon Peak (7,070 ft.) in North Cascades National Park. Along with Adam Roberts, Tim Black and “Woods,” Hummel skied multiple lines off Bacon and Mt. Hagan (6,960 ft.) and a descent of North Despair (7,240 ft.).

Video: The End of the Earth

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Australia doesn’t exactly jump to mind when thinking of skiing during the North American summer. Rather, Chile and Argentina are the spots reserved in our collective conscious for off-season, dream-trip destinations. But Australia’s southern provinces, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Victoria, are home to about a dozen ski areas and peaks that measure taller than 6,000 feet. So think again.

Throwback Thursday: Get Rad!

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Remember when inline skating was as rad as backcountry skiing? Yeah, neither do we. But back in January 1999, when Alpine Trekkers were cutting edge, Alpina began making plastic telemark boots and offered a line of roller-skates—perfect for practicing the balance, coordination and one-legged pirouettes necessary in every bc skier’s skill set. Here’s BCM founder David Harrower’s review of the Alpina 450.

Throwback Thursday: Asolo Tele Breeze Plus

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Like the ad says of Asolo’s revolutionary Tele Breeze Plus, “sometimes words are not necessary….” We’re working toward publishing our 100th issue and celebrating 20 years of Backcountry Magazine. Can you believe it? Well, since we all can’t put our beers together with celebratory cheer, we’ve unearthed early editions of the mag, dug through them […]

Throwback Thursday: The “Equipment” Really Counts

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Throwback to Issue #10, January 1997, when topsheets were neon, freeheel bindings were dainty and telemark skiers didn’t wear clothing. Because it’s “the equipment” that really counts….   We’re working toward publishing our 100th issue and celebrating 20 years of Backcountry Magazine. Can you believe it? Well, since we all can’t put our beers together […]

Video: Spring in Tuckerman Ravine

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Episode Six of the Meathead’s “Working for the Weekend” heads to Mt. Washington’s mega-classic spring ski, Tuckerman Ravine. “It’s really not about skiing,” Ben Leoni says, “It’s about celebrating the ski season…it’s a party, it’s a circus.” And the springtime-circus is filled with sunburns, silly outfits, big hucks and scary carnage, all showcased in the […]

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