In 2010, after more than six decades in operation, central Vermont’s Ascutney Mountain Resort stopped spinning its lifts. The existing infrastructure was left to rot and rust, the trails have grown into a mangled mess of brush, and the closure dealt a serious blow to the area’s economy. Now, a group of impassioned townspeople, skiers and mountain bikers are working to buy back and revitalize their ski hill. And backcountry skiing and riding is part of their plan.

BC Banter: Marolt Bros. Open Ski Shop, Chugach Avy Center Wraps Up Season, Northwest Avy Center Launches Fundrasier, Shuttered Vt. Ski Area’s Future, Polartec’s New Marketing Manager

ASPEN, COLO. Brothers Mike and Steve Marolt have purchased a 2,000-square-foot retail space in Aspen’s Obermeyer Place with plans of opening a hybrid ski-mountaineering shop, research and development facility and demonstration center.

The Fun Factor: Through his guiding company, CaPow!, Marty Schaffer spices up safety education

Marty Schaffer is trying to make mountain safety and avalanche education more fun. A certified ski guide through the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, the 28-year-old grew up at his family’s Revelstoke backcountry lodge, Blanket Glacier Chalet, began patrolling out of high school and was one of Canada’s youngest avalanche professionals at age 20. Now, along with childhood friends and pro skiers Chris Rubens and Eric Hjorleifson, he’s building his own safety curriculum, teaching teens backcountry skills and offering pro-taught courses through his guiding company, Capow!

A Note From the Editor: To The Extreme

I ’d just arrived from Boston to Chamonix, France to profile the Swedish extreme skier Andreas Fransson when I received an e-mail from his girlfriend, Alejandra Campos. She was excited about my visit, and invited me to their nearby apartment in Taconnaz for his tropical-themed 30th birthday party.

Numerous Avalanches Hit Mt. Washington, N.H.

On Sunday, March 29, several avalanches occurred throughout New Hampshire’s Presidential Range, notably four human-triggered slides on Mt. Washington and Mt. Monroe. According to a report from the Mt. Washington Avalanche Center, one of these avalanches resulted in injuries.

Vermont BC Alliance’s Ethics, Crested Butte Basecamp, Guide Killed in B.C. Avalanche, TransWorld Partnership, Record Snowfall

Vermont Backcountry Alliance Publishes Backcountry Ethics In partnership with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, the Green Mountain Club, Green Mountain National Forest and Winter Wildlands Alliance, the Vermont Backcountry Alliance (VTBC) has published a new set of Leave No Trace guidelines for Vermont backcountry skiers and riders. The seven principles, adapted from […]

Jackson Basecamp: Day 2 Dispatch

Jackson is a wrap. That’s right, the first tour stop of the GORE-TEX Backcountry Basecamp is all done, and we’re heading to Crested Butte, Colo. Day 2 of the event was a sunny Sunday even warmer than the previous day, and visitors passed through the village, joined Jackson Hole Guide Robb Hess for OB tours, listened to safety talks from AIARE instructor Nancy Bockino and demoed gear from a handful of brands. Here are some highlights from the day.

Jackson Basecamp: Day 1 Dispatch

Day 1 of the GORE-TEX Backcountry Basecamp broke under sunny skies as temps around Jackson Hole Mountain Resort rose into the 40s. All day, people streamed throughout the Basecamp village beside the Bridger Center, headed out on OB tours with Jackson Hole Guide Tommy Moe, tuned in to avalanche and safety clinics and checked out […]

Running Interference: How Candy Affects Your Beacon

At October’s International Snow Safety Workshop in Banff, Alberta, Ilari Dammert, Mammut’s electronics product manager, and Edwin Meister, a project manager with the Swiss electronics manufacturer CCS Adaxys, presented startling findings on beacon interference. Backcountry users have long known that electronics, particularly cell phones, can interfere with a transceiver’s function, but the level of interference and range of culprit gadgets hasn’t been known until now.