Photo of the Day: Open Sky


Austin Ross rips under the open sky. La Grave, France | Photo: Adam Clark

2016 Gear Test Week: The Round Up


After a week in Powder Mountain, the 50 gear testers and Backcountry staff have dispersed back to their respective mountain towns. Like the Annual Board Test, the Gear Test was a huge success; the squad tested 200 skis and 50 boots, as well as a range of tele and AT bindings, all while enjoying the surprise […]

The 2015 Grand Traverse: A Racer Reflects


This past weekend marked the 18th Elk Mountain Grand Traverse, a 40-mile backcountry ski race between Crested Butte and Aspen, Colo. The race kicks off at midnight, and racers generally finish between eight and 16 hours—if they make it to Aspen at all. Across those long miles, racers must traverse over 7,800 feet of elevation gain, transition from […]

Photo of the Day: Scoping the Border


Scoping the route from the sunny French side into the cold and bulletproof Swiss side. French Alps, Chamonix | Photo: Jim Harris

Photo of the Day: Yeti Sighting


David Kantermo turns abominable snowman. Tegefjäll, Åre | Photo: Mattias Fredriksson

Photo of the Day: Bluebird Turns


  Dana Flahr slashes through a bluebird day. Knik River, Alaska | Photo: Adam Clark

2016 Gear Test Week: Day 4 Dispatch


The testers were back at it again on Friday at Powder Mountain, after a surprising array of songs and skits performed at the Gear Test’s Annual Talent Show on Thursday night. As the day heated up, the group took advantage of the corn and tested the faster and lighter skis of the BCM selection. By the end […]

Photo of the Day: Descension


Eirik Finseth gets ready to descend. Luster, Norway | Photo: Mattias Fredriksson

Photo of the Day: Getting Elevated


Caroline Gleich treks to higher elevations. Alta backcountry, Utah | Photo: Adam Clark

Board Test Week: One Tester Weighs In


In Crested Butte, more than 30 testers have gathered for the Annual Board Test Week, where they are putting hundreds of the latest and greatest boards, boots and bindings through the ringer. One tester, Scott Johns, a Washington native with the personal mantra “only fun things,” gives a mid-week report on snow conditions, tours and stoke. Keep […]