Competition or community builder? Chile’s Flux Veho film festival strives for both

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At 21 years old, Rafael Pease has already started an international film festival. Pease, who grew up in Farellones, Chile, a small town in the mountains near Santiago, saw a community not capitalizing on its natural and cultural resources. And when he traveled to Boulder to attend the University of Colorado for college it hit him that the ski scene in Chile could share these resources through a grassroots, crowdsourced video contest.

Bruce Tremper retires as longtime Director of the Utah Avalanche Center: Mark Staples to Fill Role

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Things are changing at the Utah Avalanche Center (UAC) as Bruce Tremper retires as longtime director. Tremper has been with the UAC since 1986 and is moving on to take time for travel with his wife and focus on helping the nonprofit side of the UAC, Friends of Utah Avalanche Center. Mark Staples will fill the role of director, joining the UAC team from Montana’s Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center.

Summer Stashes: HINESBURG SANDPIT, HINESBURG, VERMONT

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By this point in the summer, photographs of steep South American couloirs and idyllic New Zealand peaks are probably filtering through your Instagram feed. With sweltering summer heat, you’ve probably admitted defeat, tossed your skis into the closet and traded them in for your mountain bike. But rest assured—there’s still plenty of summer skiing to […]

Old Farmer’s Almanac makes unbelievable predictions: A reliable outlook or wishful thinking?

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“Winter will be cold again,” the 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac, released Monday, boldly claims. This beloved book of astronomy and agriculture forecasts “below-normal temperatures along most of the Atlantic seaboard and in the Ohio Valley, Great Lakes, Pacific Northwest, and southwestern states” in the months to come. If this is true, it’s a welcome foretelling for skiers, but many scientists warn that the Almanac’s forecast must be taken with reservations.

Montana Meanderings: Beau Fredlund has Summer Skiing Dialed

Beau Fredlund milking summer steeps in Montana's Beartooth Mountains. [Photo] Kt Miller

Beau Fredlund is a guide and freelance photographer based out of Cooke City, Montana. And he’s a committed year-round skier who has skied all over the globe, in places like Alaska, Kyrgyzstan and Norway—just to name a few. But Beau remains loyal to summer skiing in Montana, where he’s confident he’ll find skiable terrain, be it winter or summer. “There’s a lot to ski around this area so I find plenty to keep me moving,” says Beau, who continues skiing in the Beartooths well into the summer months, whether he’s guiding clients or on his own exploratory missions.

We caught up with Beau a few weeks back to discuss summer skiing, conditions in the Beartooths and an upcoming fly-fishing/ski linkup.

Backcountry Magazine makes moves: Tyler Cohen now Editor in Chief, Louise Lintilhac joins team

Louise enjoying a powdery morning at her home in Stowe, Vt. this past winter [Photo] Dana Allen

Jeffersonville, Vt. Following its 20th anniversary season, Backcountry Magazine announces that Tyler Cohen has been promoted to Editor in Chief, and Louise Lintilhac joins the team as Assistant Editor.

Summer Stashes: The Ruler, Northern Bridger Range, Montana

Sojitra dropping into the upper snowfield of The Ruler. [Photo] Courtesy Vasu Sojitra

By this point in the summer, photographs of steep South American couloirs and idyllic New Zealand peaks are probably filtering through your Instagram feed. With sweltering summer heat and the end of 4th of July festivities, you may have admitted defeat, tossed your skis into the closet and traded them in for your mountain bike. But rest […]

New Zealand Avalanche Claims Life of Australian Businessman

A view from the Remarkables, a range adjacent to New Zealand’s Hector Mountains. [Photo] Tom Walter

QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND The avalanche death toll is rising in New Zealand’s 2015 winter season. On Monday, an avalanche claimed the life of 58-year-old Roger Greville at 2:38 p.m. Greville, an Australian national and businessman from Sydney, was on a guided heli-ski trip with Southern Lakes Heliski in the Hector Mountains of the Loch Linnhe region when the accident occurred.

BC BANTER: AMGA Announces New Executive Director, Parks Canada Approves Lake Louise Expansion and Big Snow Hits Chile

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AMGA ANNOUNCES ALEX KOSSEFF AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BOULDER, COLO. The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) announced Alex Kosseff as its new Executive Director. Kosseff begins his post this week at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market show in Salt Lake City, Utah. Kosseff—an experienced outdoor educator and bestselling author of the AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership—cut his teeth in entrepreneurship when he founded the Outdoor Safety Institute five […]

In The Shop: Tuning Essentials

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Any skier or rider worth a fraction of his or her weight in edge filings and wax scrapings needs a few decent shop tools. After all, skiing variable OB conditions and constantly applying and removing skins can be hell on your bases, edges and bindings. And your “hook up” at the shop would honestly prefer cash to beer. Here’s a selection of our favorite tuning, mounting and shop gear that has come across our workbench.

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