Category Killer: Freerider’s Choice


Sometimes you just want to go fast, and for that you need power and stability in a ski. These sidecountry chargers value performance over weight savings.

G3 Issues Voluntary Avalanche Probe Recall


Genuine Guide Gear (G3) has issued a voluntary recall of their Carbon Speed Tech Avalanche Probes due to potential failures in their function upon deployment. According to G3, these failures are a result of force used when pulling the T-handle that tensions the internal cable. In certain models, excessive force with this action can weaken and possibly break the internal ferrule, causing the lower segment of the probe to disconnect.

Category Killer: Ski Mountaineering


These narrower skis weigh in at the featherweight level and are great for spring steeps, corn and go-far missions. Channel the goddess Nike and skin like the wind.

Testers’ Choice: DPS Wailer 112 RP2 Tour1


Tester Gregg Davis looks for what he calls “the lightest big skis I can find” in his preferred conditions—fluffy Wasatch pow. He wants the benefits of flotation without sacrificing speed on the up, and he has found the tool for the job.

Testers’ Choice: Dynastar Cham 97 2.0


“The 2.0 is much improved over the 1.0. They are effortless to initiate and incredibly fun turn to turn. This ski held an edge on the boilerplate just as well as it navigated the bony tough spots.”

Category Killers: Telemarker’s Choice


For those of a freeheel persuasion—these four skis were chosen by our testers as standouts in the telemark category.

Category Killers: Killer Value


New skis are fun but can be expensive. With your wallet in mind, we picked five value skis with a lower price tag.  VOILÉ V6 $650 – SIZES: 163, 173, 183, 188 DIMENSIONS: 124/100/109 WEIGHT: 7 lbs. 6 oz. (183) “Possibly the best all-around touring ski on the market. Playful, dare I say loving. This ski, in either the […]

Backcountry Magazine Requests Submissions for First Fall Line Film Festival

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Backcountry Magazine is calling all filmmakers—professional or amateur alike—to submit their short films for consideration in our first-ever Fall Line Film Festival. Taking place at our annual Barn Bash, held on Saturday, October 24 in Cambridge, Vt., this film showcase will feature the best of the submissions we receive in two categories, independent and brand sponsored.

Testers’ Choice: Atomic Automatic 109


Tester Matt Kiedaisch likes tree lines in the woods of Vermont—but he enjoys letting his skis open up when he gets the chance. He says of his backcountry goals, “I don’t mind climbing, but it’s not why I’m out there. Solid performance on the ride down is what makes me happy.”

The Offseason: T-Bar Films Gears Up For Winter


“We’re gearing up for what is going to be a big 2015/2016 winter,” Tyler Wilkinson-Ray says in an interview in the October 2015 issue. He’s half the two-brother team behind Vermont-based T-Bar Films, known for producing “United We Ski” and “Vasu Sojitra: Out On A Limb.” While editing their latest film, Tyler shot and produced a short, capturing his motivation, inspiration and outlook for the upcoming winter.