2015 Editors’ Choice Awards: Splitboards


From a crop of nearly 40 splitboards tested in March at Crested Butte, Colo., we’ve selected the best eight models for 2015 based on overwhelming tester feedback and groundbreaking innovation. Looking for the lightest, carbon board or the most versatile, all-mountain split? You’ll find it among these eight standouts….

2015 Editors’ Choice Awards: Skis


From a crop of nearly 200 skis tested in March at Powder Mountain, Utah, we’ve selected the best 12 models for 2015 based on overwhelming tester feedback and groundbreaking innovation. Looking for the lightest, carbon-infused powder ski or the most versatile front-and-backside ski? You’ll find it among these 12 standout skis….

2015 Editors’ Choice Awards: Bindings


This March at Powder Mountain, Utah, we tested every backcountry binding available, and, based on overwhelming tester feedback and groundbreaking innovation, we’ve selected the best bindings of 2015. Looking for the most affordable tech binding or the stoutest, do-it-all touring option? You’ll find it among these three Editors’ Choice bindings.

2015 Gear Guide Takes Off


Mattias Fredriksson says that landing a cover shot is always a defining moment in his career. And while he’s had more than 400 of his images make it on the front of magazines, our 2015 Gear Guide is his first Backcountry cover….

The Quiver


Whoever said “a quiver of one” anyway? These days, everybody knows your quiver needs at least a few arrows. But how many skis is too many skis?

Backcountry Essentials: Whose-its and Whatsits Galore


These days, with this company telling you to buy a whose-it to monitor your kidney, liver and large intestine functions while skinning and that company telling you to buy a whatsit to quadruple your V02 max, it can be tough to figure out what tech essentials you really need in the backcountry.

Reasons to Ski Powder


Powder is to skiing as good beer is to tailgating—what’s the point of having one without the other?

Hut Routes: Six North American Hut-to-Hut Traverses


Hut traverses were born in Europe, where groups like the Swiss Alpine Club began building and managing high-mountain shelters as early as the mid 19th century. And while North America can’t hold a candle to Europe’s extensive mountain-chalet infrastructure and deep hut heritage, there are more than 200 backcountry huts, lodges and yurts throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Pack ‘N’ Play: What to Bring on your Next Hut Trip


If you’ve ever been winter camping, then you’re all-too-familiar with the crushing heft of an expedition pack. But carrying a load for a hut trip is far less weighty—that is, unless you’re on 30-rack duty. Hut essentials vary depending on location, approach method and amenities offered, so check in with the operation for a final packing list (and consult your partners for their thoughts on appropriate sauna attire). Regardless, these necessities should keep you covered.

Lodge Logistics: Pack, Plan and Execute a Hut Trip


Guided or self-guided? Purcells or Monashees? Late January or early March? Whether you’ve been to one backcountry hut or a half dozen, there’s still a whole lot to determine when planning your next trip. But for the guides and owners who run these outfits, the only thing that outnumbers their days in the field is the volume of tips they can offer for packing, planning and executing an all-time trip. Our advice? Think of lodge operators as your backcountry concierge and don’t hesitate to call when preparing for a trip. They have more beta than you can imagine.