Backcountry Basecamp 2014

Highlights from each of the 2014 Backcountry Basecamp Tour Stops

From gear manufacturers, to retailers, to resorts, everyone is taking notice of the evolution from the piste to the powder. For nearly 20 years Backcountry Magazine has been the leading source for the backcountry movement. Be sure to join us for the 2015 Backcountry Basecamp Tour.

Click the tabs below for stories from each of the 2014 Basecamp stops.




Backcountry Magazine, Gore-Tex, Patagonia and Marmot Launch Nationwide Backcountry Education Tour 

Jeffersonville, VT (for immediate release) – Backcountry Magazine, in association with Gore-Tex, Patagonia and Marmot is proud to announce its nationwide backcountry skiing and snowboarding tour. Featuring education, safety, and the latest gear, Backcountry Basecamp will visit some of the most iconic ski resorts in the country to bring the backcountry to the masses.

“We’re excited to give newcomers the tools they need to get out there,” says Backcountry Magazine Editor in Chief Adam Howard. “It’s our imperative to both educate and stoke our community. It’s in everyone’s best interest to be better informed and prepared for the backcountry.”

The tour will feature three stops at key resorts whose identities have helped shape the backcountry movement. First stop, Jackson Hole, Wyo. from February 8-9. Then it’s off to Crested Butte, Co. from March 15-16. And finally, Backcountry will bring it to Smugglers’ Notch, Vt., March 29-30.

Each Basecamp stop will feature displays of the newest backcountry equipment and technical apparel, as well as on-site guides who can answer the most important safety and gear questions. And when the day is done, staff will be there to point visitors towards further educational opportunities in their area.

“We’re excited to work with our key partners to spread the word about what people need to do in the backcountry in order to stay dry and be safe. Backcountry is helping spread that message,” says Tom Boyle of Gore-Tex.

About Height of Land: Founded in Jeffersonville, Vermont in 2002, HOL is one of the few remaining independent publishers in outdoor action sports. Our mission is simple: We are core, adventure-sports media by those who live it, for those who aspire to it. HOL print and electronic brands include Alpinist, Backcountry, Kronicle and Climberism.

Media Contact:
Adam Howard
Editor in Chief
howie@backcountrymagazine.com
802.598.4200

Backcountry Basecamp will be post up at the Bridger Center all weekend to bring the backcountry to the masses. The event features displays of the newest backcountry equipment and technical apparel, as well as on-site guides and experts who can answer the most important safety and gear questions. Both days will be filled with great opportunities to learn and ski safely with the pros.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8

10:30, 12:30, 2:30 Jackson Mountain Guides lead Complimentary Tours. Sign up at yurt.
12:00 Live avalanche and conditions report
1:00 Tour planning for safety and fun
2:30 Avalanche dogs demo
4:00 Teton County Search and Rescue After-Party at the Alpenhof ($17,500 in raffle prizes. Tickets $5, or 5 for $20 available at the yurt.)
*Drink Specials
*Live music from Maddy and the Groove Spots

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9

10:30, 12:30, 2:30 Jackson Mountain Guides leads Complimentary Tours. Sign up at yurt.
12:00 Live Avalanche and conditions report
1:00 Tour Planning for Safety and Fun
2:30 Avalanche Dogs Demo

DISPATCHES FROM THE ROAD:

IMG_4047OLD SKIS, OLD PALS AND SIPPING WHISKEY – Below a line of old National Park Ranger hats hung on the wall and hidden in a barrel of nordic skis rests an ancient pair of edgeless wooden planks that look like they would make better firewood than skis—they are warped, the tails curve left and right and the bottoms are…

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GOVERNOR TO SKI BUM

LIVE WITH GARY JOHNSON: As I’m writing this, Backcountry Magazine Editor-In-Chief Adam Howard is on the phone with former presidential candidate and daily skier out of Taos Gary Johnson, who is a guest on Fox News’ Alan Colmes’ live radio show. It’s 6:40 p.m. Rocky Mountain Time, which means it’s almost nine in Vermont, where we…

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THE BACKMOBILE: Ten hours into the white knuckle, whiteout drive from Jackson Hole to Denver en route to the Crested Butte GORE-TEX Backcountry Basecamp a light came on, accompanied by a discomforting ding. With two kids in tow and 5,000 lbs. of gear in the trailer, that little check-engine icon frayed some already frayed nerves…

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#smuggslove shred wagon was in effect today! We checked out the #backcountrybasecamp and enjoyed the beautiful weather and soft snow 👍👍
Après is in full swing and we're live in Lot 1 with King Me. 
@avtraining @smugglersnotchvt @goretexna @Mammut @gearx @salomonfreeski @atomicski @voile_mfg @lekiusa @intuitionliners @scottfreeski @jetboil @petzl_official @scarpana @g3gear @adventuremedicalkits @ortovox_sportartikel

#backcountrybasecamp
It's nearly corn o'clock on Day 2 of the Smugglers' Notch Backcountry Basecamp stop. Come find us in Lot 1 all day for demos, tailgating and a bit of avy education.

@smugglersnotchvt @avtraining @goretexna @Mammut @salomonfreeski @atomicski @voile_mfg @lekiusa @intuitionliners @scottfreeski @jetboil @petzl_official @scarpana @g3gear @adventuremedicalkits @ortovox_sportartikel

#backcountrybasecamp
The Backcountry BASECAMP raffle is going off at Brewster River Pub and Grill. Come claim your prize! 
@smugglersnotchvt @mammutna @voile_mfg @goretexna @superfeet @ortovox_sportartikel @atomicski @scottfreeski @brewsterriverpub #backcountrybasecamp
Good times this morning up at @smugglersnotchvt for the @backcountrymag #basecamp event. Head on down to the Brewster River Pub at 4pm for a huge raffle/party to benefit the IAN Fund and the Vermont Backcountry Alliance. There's some @mtnapproach & @powsurf swag up for grabs and lots of other rad prizes!! #vermont #earnyourturns #smuggslove #surftheearth #protectourwinters
Backcountry BASECAMP takes on Smugglers' Notch! Come up to Lot 1 for demos, Lost Nation beer and the latest in bc equipment.
@goretexna @smugglersnotchvt @mammutna @voile_mfg @atomicski @salomonfreeski #backcountrybasecamp
Howie from @backcountrymag in his element following this weekends #backcountrybasecamp. #projectzeroavy #springskiing #knowbeforeyougo
Nice springy stroll with the @Patagonia and @backcountrymag crew. Slush turns for days! #makinglemonade #splitboarding #backcountrybasecamp #crestedbutte #bluebird
Getting swagged out at @backcountrymag #backcountrybasecamp. #patagonia
Looking to demo gear or better understand how this whole skinning thing works? The gang at the @atomicski tent has you covered.
@skicrestedbutte @goretexna @patagonia @scottfreeski @voile_mfg @intuitionliners @jetboil @petzl_official @ortovox_sportartikel @scarpana @g3gear @salomonfreeski @adventuremedicalkits @coldsmokesplitboards @lekiusa #backcountrybasecamp
Love this town. #backcountrybasecamp
Free the heel free the mind #springskiing #backcountry #skiing #backcountrybasecamp #atskiing
Farming some corn #skiing #backcountrybasecamp  #backcountry
On seconds of Tsampa soup at Backcountry Basecamp.  @patagoniaprovisions @patagonia #backcountrybasecamp
The raffle is going off at Butte 66. Come claim your prize at the Backcountry yurt tomorrow. @skicrestedbutte @atomicski @scottfreeski @voile_mfg @patagonia @goretexna @jetboil @coldsmokesplitboards @avytraining @lekiusa @salomonfreeski @intuitionliners @scarpana @g3gear @ortovox_sportartikel @adventuremedicalkits #backcountrybasecamp


murphBEFORE THE BACKCOUNTRY SHOTS: TOM MURPHY TALK AVY EDUCATION
 — When Tom Murphy, co-founder of the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), isn’t enjoying bluebird turns in his home state of Colorado, he’s checking snow conditions and teaching the next generation of backcountry travelers how to stay safe….

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anthracitesAIARE, THE ANTHRACITES AND FRESH TURNS — The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) andBackcountry Magazine have been longtime partners. We caught up with Program Director Ben Pritchett and Operations Director Tom Murphy to talk Colorado snowpack, Backcountry Basecamp and catch a few turns in between.

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Guide-Ridge-Team-ChicagoAFTER MORE THAN A DECADE at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the U.S. Ski Mountaineering Nationals are headed to Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Colo. “We’ve wanted to mix it up and move it to a new venue,” says race director and Team Crested Butte skimo athlete Bryan…

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crested_butteMOUNT CRESTED BUTTE, COLO. (for immediate release) — On the second stop of its nationwide backcountry education tour—the GORE-TEX Backcountry MagazineBasecamp—has teamed up with Patagonia, Crested Butte Mountain Guides, Crested Butte Avalanche Center and AIARE, and a host of other sponsors, at Crested Butte Mountain Resort on March 15-16 for a celebration of

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Smugglers’ Notch, Vt. (for immediate release) – On the third stop of its nationwide backcountry education tour the GORE-TEX Backcountry Magazine Basecamp will team up with Outdoor Gear Exchange and Vermont-based apparel brand Mammut at Smugglers’ Notch Resort this weekend, March 29-30, for a celebration of all things backcountry.

The Basecamp upens its yurt-based event first thing Saturday morning, featuring education, the latest gear and apparel, FREE demos from OGE, local terrain knowledge and avalanche safety tips for bigger mountains.

Throughout the day there will be FREE equipment demos, pros sharing tips and tactics on safe backcountry travel, plus the latest on snow safety, backcountry skis, boots, bindings, skins, splitboards and more. Smuggs’ will close Lower FIS for uphill traffic, and local hard chargers will be able to run a timed Skimo (Ski Mountaineering, Uphill/Downhill) course throughout the day for a chance to win skis and tons of other cool prizes.

“We’re excited to give newcomers the tools they need to get out there,” says Backcountry Magazine Editor in Chief Adam Howard. “It’s our imperative to both educate and stoke our community. It’s in everyone’s best interest to be better informed and prepared for the backcountry.”

At 4 p.m. the party heads from the yurts to the Brewster River Pub and Brewery (Rt. 108 South, just down the hill) where King Me will rock the house and the Basecamp sponsors will raffle off more than $20,000 of gear, safety equipment and apparel with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Vermont Backcountry Alliance (VTBC) and the Internation Avalanche Nest-Egg (IAN) Fund. You don’t have to be present to win. Tickets are ten bucks (or four for $35) and can be purchased through members of the VBA and IAN Fund (contact Brian Mohr at info@emberphoto.com of VTBC, or the IAN Fund at llamphere@gmail.com). Tickets can also be purchased at HOL Publications at 60 Main Street, Jeffersonville.

All the on-snow madness will repeat on Sunday, including uphill/downhill racing.

“We’re excited to work with our key partners to spread the word about what people need to do in the backcountry in order to stay dry and be safe. Backcountry is helping spread that message,” says Tom Boyle, Gore Strategic Marketing.

About Height of Land: Founded in Jeffersonville, Vermont in 2002, HOL is one of the few remaining independent publishers in outdoor action sports. Our mission is simple: We are core, adventure-sports media by those who live it, for those who aspire to it. HOL print and electronic brands include Alpinist, Backcountry, Kronicle and Climberism.

About the Vermont Backcountry Alliance: The Vermont Backcountry Alliance (VTBC) seeks to protect, advance and advocate for human-powered backcountry skiing and snowboarding in Vermont. The VTBC facilitates public access to backcountry terrain while promoting the conservation and responsible management of our mountain environment.

About the IAN Fund: The International Avalanche Nest-Egg is a non-profit fund designed to support the children and families of avalanche victims, as well as provide educational and preventative services aimed at reducing avalanche fatalities worldwide. For more visit IanFund.org.

#smuggslove shred wagon was in effect today! We checked out the #backcountrybasecamp and enjoyed the beautiful weather and soft snow 👍👍
Après is in full swing and we're live in Lot 1 with King Me. 
@avtraining @smugglersnotchvt @goretexna @Mammut @gearx @salomonfreeski @atomicski @voile_mfg @lekiusa @intuitionliners @scottfreeski @jetboil @petzl_official @scarpana @g3gear @adventuremedicalkits @ortovox_sportartikel

#backcountrybasecamp
It's nearly corn o'clock on Day 2 of the Smugglers' Notch Backcountry Basecamp stop. Come find us in Lot 1 all day for demos, tailgating and a bit of avy education.

@smugglersnotchvt @avtraining @goretexna @Mammut @salomonfreeski @atomicski @voile_mfg @lekiusa @intuitionliners @scottfreeski @jetboil @petzl_official @scarpana @g3gear @adventuremedicalkits @ortovox_sportartikel

#backcountrybasecamp
The Backcountry BASECAMP raffle is going off at Brewster River Pub and Grill. Come claim your prize! 
@smugglersnotchvt @mammutna @voile_mfg @goretexna @superfeet @ortovox_sportartikel @atomicski @scottfreeski @brewsterriverpub #backcountrybasecamp
Good times this morning up at @smugglersnotchvt for the @backcountrymag #basecamp event. Head on down to the Brewster River Pub at 4pm for a huge raffle/party to benefit the IAN Fund and the Vermont Backcountry Alliance. There's some @mtnapproach & @powsurf swag up for grabs and lots of other rad prizes!! #vermont #earnyourturns #smuggslove #surftheearth #protectourwinters
Backcountry BASECAMP takes on Smugglers' Notch! Come up to Lot 1 for demos, Lost Nation beer and the latest in bc equipment.
@goretexna @smugglersnotchvt @mammutna @voile_mfg @atomicski @salomonfreeski #backcountrybasecamp
Howie from @backcountrymag in his element following this weekends #backcountrybasecamp. #projectzeroavy #springskiing #knowbeforeyougo
Nice springy stroll with the @Patagonia and @backcountrymag crew. Slush turns for days! #makinglemonade #splitboarding #backcountrybasecamp #crestedbutte #bluebird
Getting swagged out at @backcountrymag #backcountrybasecamp. #patagonia
Looking to demo gear or better understand how this whole skinning thing works? The gang at the @atomicski tent has you covered.
@skicrestedbutte @goretexna @patagonia @scottfreeski @voile_mfg @intuitionliners @jetboil @petzl_official @ortovox_sportartikel @scarpana @g3gear @salomonfreeski @adventuremedicalkits @coldsmokesplitboards @lekiusa #backcountrybasecamp
Love this town. #backcountrybasecamp
Free the heel free the mind #springskiing #backcountry #skiing #backcountrybasecamp #atskiing
Farming some corn #skiing #backcountrybasecamp  #backcountry
On seconds of Tsampa soup at Backcountry Basecamp.  @patagoniaprovisions @patagonia #backcountrybasecamp
The raffle is going off at Butte 66. Come claim your prize at the Backcountry yurt tomorrow. @skicrestedbutte @atomicski @scottfreeski @voile_mfg @patagonia @goretexna @jetboil @coldsmokesplitboards @avytraining @lekiusa @salomonfreeski @intuitionliners @scarpana @g3gear @ortovox_sportartikel @adventuremedicalkits #backcountrybasecamp
#sunshine @backcountrymag @goretexna and beautiful mountains. What more could you ask for on a Saturday in March?! #backcountrybasecamp #crestedbutte
Tsampa soup at Backcountry Basecamp in Crested Butte @patagoniaprovisions @patagonia #backcountrybasecamp
The Backcountry Basecamp Tour is now live at Crested Butte Mountain Resort! Join us for a weekend of demos, tours and a rad raffle. 
@skicrestedbutte @goretexna @patagonia @avytraining @voile_mfg @salomonfreeski
Thanks @backcountrymag and @bcm_tyco for an awesome weekend out of bounds @jacksonhole! #earnyourturns #backcountrybasecamp #jacksonhole
Here's the flyer for today's event at Western State! Come check out the event if you're around Gunnison, CO. #backcountrybasecamp #bigmtndreams #chamonixoxo
Going up. Thanks for a fun, big, beautiful day, @kimhavell. #backcountrybasecamp
Kim Havell takes a long morning's walk across Jenny Lake for Bivouac Peak, Grand Teton National Park. 
@kimhavell @exumguides #gtnp #backcountrybasecamp
Got to get guided by this guy the other day. His name is Tommy Moe, and he's a pretty good skier. #keepup #backcountrybasecamp
Raffle #stoke from @scottfreeski @g3gear @adventuremedicalkits and @ortovox_sportartikel.

#backcountrybasecamp
Day 1 at the Backcountry Basecamp was rockin'. Find a recap of the day's highlights at backcountrymagazine.com and look for us again today beside the Bridger Center. 
@avtraining @jacksonhole @goretexna @Marmot @salomonfreeski @atomicski @voile_mfg @lekiusa @intuitionliners @scottfreeski @jetboil @petzl_official @scarpana @g3gear @adventuremedicalkits @ortovox_sportartikel

#backcountrybasecamp
Wrapping up Day 1 of the Backcountry Basecamp and heading over to the Alpenhof for après and a huge raffle to benefit Teton County Search and Rescue. Find us at the 'hof tonight or next to the Bridger Center all day tomorrow.

@avtraining @jacksonhole @goretexna @Marmot @salomonfreeski @atomicski @voile_mfg @lekiusa @intuitionliners @scottfreeski @jetboil @petzl_official @scarpana @g3gear @adventuremedicalkits @ortovox_sportartikel

#backcountrybasecamp
Chasing Tommy Moe out the Green River Traverse for some Four Pines corn on Day 1 of the Backcountry Basecamp.

@avtraining @jacksonhole @goretexna @Marmot @salomonfreeski @atomicski @voile_mfg @lekiusa @intuitionliners @scottfreeski @jetboil @petzl_official @scarpana @g3gear @adventuremedicalkits @ortovox_sportartikel

#backcountrybasecamp
Amazing day here @jacksonhole!Stoked to be hanging with the crew from @backcountrymagazine for #backcountrybasecamp!  #discoverthebackland #weareskiing
Great morning to kick off the Backcountry Basecamp tour at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Come find us beside the Bridger Center all weekend for gear demos, free tours and a killer raffle. 
@avtraining @jacksonhole @goretexna @Marmot @salomonfreeski @atomicski @voile_mfg @lekiusa @intuitionliners @scottfreeski @jetboil @petzl_official @scarpana @g3gear @adventuremedicalkits @ortovox_sportartikel @coldsmokesplitboards 
#backcountrybasecamp
Westbound and down: the 2015 Backcountry Basecamp is officially underway…well on the road, at least. #backcountrybasecamp

See you in Jackson Hole, Wyo. on March 7-8, Crested Butte, Colo. on March 14-15 and back at Smugglers’ Notch, Vt. in April for a resort-based showcase of all things backcountry including demos, avalanche instruction, free backcountry tours, parties and a mega raffle. Find out more at backcountrymagazine.com/basecamp.
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@avtraining @jacksonhole @skicrestedbutte @smugglersnotchvt @goretexna @Marmot @patagonia @salomonfreeski @atomicski @voile_mfg @lekiusa @intuitionliners @scottfreeski @jetboil @petzl_official @scarpana @g3gear @adventuremedicalkits @ortovik_sportartikel @coldsmokesplitboards
Mountain goat - Mt Helen, CO
These ladies #killedit on the  @backcountrymag #backcountrybasecamp uphill race. #girlpower
#firestarter @backcountrymag #backcountrybasecamp

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