Crested Butte Basecamp: Dispatch – Two down, one to go. The Backcountry Basecamp tour wrapped up this Sunday evening in Crested Butte, Colo. after a weekend of OB tours, avalanche and safety clinics and gear demos from Scott Sports, Salomon, Atomic and Coldsmoke Splitboards….
Crested Butte Basecamp: Schedule of Events – At the Crested Butte BASECAMP stop, Backcountry Magazine will begin the weekend in Gunnison on Thursday evening with a presentation by Patagonia skier Caroline Gleich. The show will take place at Western State University and will include a backcountry education component by AIARE….
Jackson Basecamp: Schedule of Events – At the Jackson BASECAMP stop, Backcountry Magazine staff will showcase the newest backcountry equipment like skis, skins, splitboards and more; safety gear like beacons, shovels, probes and airbag packs; and technical outerwear, helmets, gloves, etc. all in a yurt-based setting….
DISPATCHES FROM THE ROAD:
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…
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…
BASECAMP 3.0 – Backcountry Magazine, GORE-TEX, team up with AIARE, Patagonia, Marmot, Voilé for National Backcountry Education Tour
Jeffersonville, VT (for immediate release) – Backcountry Magazine, in association with GORE-TEX, Patagonia, Marmot and Voilé, is proud to announce its third-annual nationwide backcountry skiing and snowboarding tour. This year, BASECAMP is teaming up with AIARE to provide the latest in avalanche education at each tour stop.
“We’ve continued to refine our program to address the growing backcountry education needs of both serious locals and those new to the idea of backcountry skiing and snowboarding,” says Backcountry Magazine Editorial Director Adam Howard. “We’re really excited to be building a specific curriculum targeting the resort skier interested in honing his or her skills in addition to folks who’ve only dreamed about skiing untracked in the true backcountry or through an access gate.”
In its third year, this winter’s BASECAMP tour hits Jackson Hole, Wyoming on March 7-8, Crested Butte, Colorado on March 14-15 and Smugglers’ Notch, Vermont on April 11-12.
At each BASECAMP stop, Backcountry Magazine staff showcase the newest backcountry equipment like skis, skins, splitboards and more; safety gear like beacons, shovels, probes and airbag packs; and technical outerwear, helmets, gloves, etc. all in a yurt-based setting. AIARE educators will conduct demos and classes each day, and local guide services will take visitors on complimentary backcountry tours with an emphasis on safety education. On Saturday, BASECAMP hosts a huge party and huger raffle with proceeds benefitting the local search and rescue organization or avalanche center.
About Backcountry Magazine: Celebrating its 20th year, Backcountry Magazine was founded in Arvada, Colorado in 1994. We’re dedicated not just to fueling stoke but to empowering skiers and snowboarders to travel safely in the backcountry. In each issue, you won’t just find amazing stories and photographs from around the untracked world, but educational pieces and the latest on gear and technology.
About the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE): AIARE develops and disseminates avalanche course materials to avalanche educators in the United States, South America and Europe. There are over 90 course providers and 300 instructors representing AIARE internationally. AIARE gathers the latest knowledge, research and ideas in avalanche safety and creates avalanche-training courses that reflect the needs of today’s backcountry travelers. It also provides ongoing continuing education to our instructor group and instructors maintain currency by attending requisite continuing professional development courses on a regular
BASECAMP 3.0 – Backcountry Magazine, GORE-TEX, announce local nonprofits through National Backcountry Education Tour
Jeffersonville, VT (for immediate release) – Backcountry Magazine, in association with GORE-TEX, Patagonia, Marmot and Voilé, is enhancing its education and safety messaging during this year’s BASECAMP tour by supporting local nonprofit organizations that carry out this work on a daily basis. Each stop along the BASECAMP tour will include a Saturday evening raffle with all proceeds—as much as $10,000—going to local nonprofit groups.
“The point of BASECAMP is to bring more backcountry education and safety messaging to the broader skiing community,” says Backcountry Magazine Editorial Director Adam Howard. “We can do this during the weekend that we’re present, but we also want to support the people whose mission it is to educate these individuals every day. This means the local avalanche centers, search and rescue organizations and area ski patrols.”
In response to last year’s event at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Jake Jones from the Crested Butte Avalanche Center said, “It is rare that an event rolls into town with the intentions of leaving the place better than they found it. [Backcountry Basecamp] did that!” Crested Butte Avalanche Center will be one of the beneficiaries of the raffle at Butte 66 this year.
Now in its third year, this winter’s BASECAMP tour hits Jackson Hole, Wyo. on March 7-8 with a raffle benefitting Teton County Search and Rescue, Crested Butte, Colo. on March 14-15 benefitting the Crested Butte Avalanche Center and Smugglers’ Notch, Vt. on April 11-12 with fundraising benefitting the IAN-Fund.
About Backcountry Magazine and BASECAMP: Celebrating its 20th year, Backcountry Magazine was founded in Arvada, Colo. in 1994. We’re dedicated not just to fueling stoke but to empowering skiers and snowboarders to travel safely in the backcountry. In each issue, you won’t just find amazing stories and photographs from around the untracked world, but educational pieces and the latest on gear and technology. Backcountry Magazine created BASECAMP during the winter of 2012 to bring backcountry education and technique to resorts around the country. Over the past three years the tour has grown from one stop in Vermont to three across the nation. For more information, visit www.backcountrymagazine.com/basecamp.
About Teton County Search and Rescue: Teton County Search and Rescue (TCSAR) was started in 1993 by the Teton County Sheriff’s Department to provide vital emergency search and rescue services for Teton County and surrounding areas to those in need. The TCSAR Foundation supports TCSAR volunteers through direct support, community education and advocacy. Together, they create an organization that works to keep Teton County residents and visitors safe in the backcountry 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
About Crested Butte Avalanche Center: The CB Avalanche Center’s sole purpose is to provide valuable and needed information and support to the community and neighboring towns. Volunteers and forecasters of the Center will observe, record, and report daily weather, snow pack and avalanche activity and provide regularly updated avalanche danger ratings accessible to anyone interested via telephone, internet, radio, and paper postings.
About Western State Colorado University Mountain Sports: Western’s Mountain Sports skiers compete on the most competitive circuits, as well as in local and regional competitions, where up and coming athletes can cut their teeth and hone their skills. The Mountain Sports Ski Team defines modern competitive skiing – no other collegiate program offers its diversity of disciplines.
About Crested Butte Ski Patrol: The Crested Butte Ski Patrol is a group of highly trained Emergency Medical Technicians and Snow Science/Safety experts. It is their goal to safely provide you with the best skiing experience in the world. From throwing bombs during avalanche control work to performing acute emergency medical care—they’re there to help you.
About 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. The IAN fund was founded in 2013 in loving memory of skier Ian Lamphere, who was killed in the Loveland Pass avalanche in April of that year.