Snowpack List: Avalanche assessments from around the U.S.: Week of January 15

The avalanche forecast for this week presents a small reprieve from last week’s alarming ratings. But even though conditions might not be extreme, dangers still lurk in the snowpack across the Western U.S.

Silverton Slide: Jeremy Bird recounts being swept onto Colorado route 550 in a January 9 avalanche

On January 9th, residents of the greater Durango, Colo. area, Jeremy Bird and Mark Helmich, set out to tour in Coal Bank Pass in the San Juan Mountains—a day that ended with Bird, 52, getting swept over a cliff and onto route 550 by an avalanche.

Ski Mountaineering Skills with Andrew McLean: Ropes

In the latest episode of Basecamp TV, Andrew McLean gets tied up in the details about useful ski-mountaineering rope skills.

2017 Apparel Guide: Timeless and Trending Midlayers

It can be hard to keep up with the latest outerwear trends. From fit to functionality, puffies, baselayers and hardshells undergo small design tweaks every year and we are here to help you parse out the gear that best fits your backcountry needs.

Snowpack List: Avalanche assessments from around the U.S.: Week of January 8

As the Western U.S. is doused in feet of new snow, avy danger is heightening, resulting in ratings ranging from considerable to extreme avy danger. While fresh powder is always alluring on some level, this is one of those times where playing it safe and staying away from slopes steeper than 30 degrees is the best option. Instead of taking on high risk, go drink a coffee and read a good book. Live to play another day.

Revive Rogers: A Clean Slate for Rogers Pass, B.C.

Between Revelstoke and Golden, British Columbia, Rogers Pass climbs over the Selkirk Mountains and through Glacier National Park, beckoning skiers and riders with its easy access and big-mountain terrain. It’s the place that made Greg Hill’s 2010, two-million-foot season possible; it’s been written about in every major ski publication and appeared in countless ski movies. And now, it has an uncertain future.

Mountain Skills: Phone Frenzy

Given the range of possibilities cells phones offer, what are the best and safest ways to use them when headed out of bounds?

2017 Apparel Guide: Timeless and Trending Puffies

For our next installment of the Apparel Guide online, we introduce puffies, some with new tech, others with a cozy familiarity.

The Start of a New Down: A common weed takes on an unusual purpose

Milkweed isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when considering insulation materials.

Snowpack List: Avalanche Assessments from around the U.S., Week of January 2

New Year, same snowpack. That’s generally the consensus across the U.S. where persistent, early season hazards seem to remain a concern, offering up moderate avalanche danger ratings across many forecasted zones. The far-western part of the country—Tahoe specifically—will see heavy snow over the beginning half of the week, while much of the intermountain west will see snow midweek.