BC Banter: Independence Pass Reopens, MSR Recalls Avy Shovels, Mt. Moran Avalanche Claims Two and Alpinist Releases 50th Issue


Independence Pass Reopens ASPEN, COLO. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) reopened Independence Pass yesterday at noon, as 20 cars waited at the gate for the opening. The Pass, which runs along the Continental Divide and connects Buena Vista and Aspen, is closed every winter and must be bombed in late spring to bring down slides before plowing and […]

Mt. Moran Avalanche Claims Two

Mt. Moran from Jackson Lake. The Sickle Couloir drops from looker's right of the summit ridge. [Photo] Tyler Cohen

An avalanche on Sunday on Mt. Moran, Wyo. claimed its second life late Tuesday night. According to the Jackson Hole New and Guide, Stephen Adamson Jr. died at 10:34 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. Jackson resident Luke Lynch, 39, died in the Sunday avalanche.



In 2010, after more than six decades in operation, central Vermont’s Ascutney Mountain Resort stopped spinning its lifts. The existing infrastructure was left to rot and rust, the trails have grown into a mangled mess of brush, and the closure dealt a serious blow to the area’s economy. Now, a group of impassioned townspeople, skiers and mountain bikers are working to buy back and revitalize their ski hill. And backcountry skiing and riding is part of their plan.

BC Banter: AMGA Announces New Guidelines, Second Year of Jones Split Clinics at SASS Argentina, Skier Survives Berthoud Pass Avalanche, Alta Man Injured in Human-Triggered Avalanche and Swiss Cover Glaciers to Prevent Melting


AMGA Announces Terrain and Supervision Guidelines Boulder, Colo. In early May, the American Mountain Guides Association’s Review Team met outside Jackson, Wyo. to discuss and update its Terrain and Supervision Guidelines. The 11 AMGA members who comprise the Review Team developed a framework to assure guides work in terrain for which they are trained, and […]

Summer Storage: Maintain Your Beacon, Shovel, Probe and Airbag in the Off Season


Most tips for summer storage serve as practical time-savers: clean, waterproofed gear and waxed skis make it that much quicker to get on the skintrack when the snow starts falling again. But for beacons and avy equipment, summer storage is even more important. Proper storage, and testing equipment before heading out again, is crucial to […]

Summer Storage: What To Do With Your Skis and Boots


Spring is here. And in many places, so is full-on summer. But even though the snow is gone, that doesn’t mean skis and boots can be tossed aside until next season. Without any of that pesky white stuff to distract you, now’s the perfect time to properly clean, wax and store skis and boots, so they’ll be […]

BC Banter: Aspen Alpine Club Sends Aid to Nepal, RASTA Announces Work Days, Skiing Editor-in-chief Joins Backbone Media and Eric Layton Completes AMGA Exam on Splitboard


Marolt brothers, Aspen Alpine Club send aid to Nepal ASPEN, COLO. Brothers Steve and Mike Marolt, who recently opened a ski mountaineering and research facility in Aspen, are fundraising to buy solar chargers for isolated Nepalese villages in wake of the recent earthquake. The Marolts are revitalizing their 501(c)3 organization, Aspen Alpine Club Inc., which was […]

Guiding Split: Layton becomes one of AMGA’s first to complete Ski Guide Exam…on a splitboard


In mid-April, Eric Layton, owner and lead guide for Splitboard Guides International, completed his AMGA exam—on a splitboard. This winter was the first season that snowboarders were able to take the course exam on something other than skis, although snowboards have been allowed in the course for the past several years. “Some people think, ‘Oh, splitboarding is just […]

Summer Storage: What to do with your jacket, pants and puffy in the off season


Despite the variability in winter conditions across the U.S. this year, one thing is finally consistent: winter is winding down, leaving a slew of winter gear to contend with in your closet, basement or car trunk. And while it may be easier to just shove your puffy and beacon into the depths of your closet and call it a winter, there are a few easy and quick steps to improve your gear’s longevity and ensure it’s as ready as you are once the flakes start flying again. Here’s how to treat your apparel with the respect it deserves.

BC Banter: Marolt Bros. Open Ski Shop, Chugach Avy Center Wraps Up Season, Northwest Avy Center Launches Fundrasier, Shuttered Vt. Ski Area’s Future, Polartec’s New Marketing Manager


ASPEN, COLO. Brothers Mike and Steve Marolt have purchased a 2,000-square-foot retail space in Aspen’s Obermeyer Place with plans of opening a hybrid ski-mountaineering shop, research and development facility and demonstration center.


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