Mission Memorial Day: Taking remembrance to the mountains

In early March, Associate Editor Lucy Higgins spent four days touring and skiing in the Beartooth Mountains with the Sierra Club’s Military Outdoors program for an upcoming story. Also on the trip was Josh Jesperson, a splitboarder and Navy SEAL and, now, one of the founders of Mission Memorial Day (MMD).

A multi-user backcountry discussion: Winter Wildlands Alliance Ambassador Forum 2016

AMGA Guide Donny Roth, an ambassador for Winter Wildlands, recently went to the first Winter Wildlands Alliance Forum held in Tahoe City, Calif. There, Roth and fellow ambassadors and mountain adventurers discussed common goals for conserving wild, winter recreational spaces and the shifting perspective in how to do so.

Boardroom: From Mall Shop Manager to Snowboard Brand Owner, Mason Davey Follows His Own Path

I first met Mason Davey, the co-owner of Weston Snowboards, on a boot pack out to the Jackson Hole backcountry. I happened to be on one of his Backwoods snowboards that I was testing as a part of the Jackson Hole PowWow, a powderboard test where board shapers get together and compare notes on unique shapes.

Backstory: They Can’t All Be Gems

“I left my wallet in Elko,” Dan’s text message read. “I’m going to listen to the gods on this one and head home.” When Josh and I received the text in early morning, we hadn’t heard from the gods yet, so pushing on from Tahoe for a two-night, first-time exploratory mission to ski chutes in Bishop, Cali. felt right.

Shifting Ice and Changing Tides: A Ski and Sail Saga

In March of 2014, an all-female crew, including Martha and Pip Hunt, McKenna Peterson, Nat Segal, Meghan Kelly and photographer Kt Miller set out to sea. Their goal: to sail from Ísafjörður, Iceland to Nuuk, Greenland (located on the west coast), all while skiing first descents throughout Greenland. And the mission, which was entirely wind- and human-powered, aimed […]

Leading the Charge: In the AMGA, where are all the women?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction work holds the lowest percentage of female representation among surveyed occupations, comprising roughly nine percent. The second lowest? Ski guiding.

Speak Japanese and Shit: a language and cultural guidebook for skiers and riders

In many ways, snow acts as a universal language spoken by skiers and snowboarders the world over. Out of the backcountry and off the slopes, however, communication can get a bit more difficult when cultural barriers exist. For this reason, author and Japanophile Erinna McCarthy decided to write a guidebook, Speak Japanese and Shit, aimed to help ski and snowboard visitors to the Land of the Rising Sun navigate the sometimes confusing, sometimes outlandish ways of Japanese culture.

Backstory: The Last Generation of Skiers

One by one, beads of rain race down the window; tear drops reflecting the mood of this gloomy, midwinter day. The final scraps of snow from the last storm cling to the edges of my roof before gravity pulls them to the earth. Individual crystals of snow are swept away by the maddening flow of liquid, while others disintegrate into the soil, lost to the depths of the world. I hunker in my Bend, Oregon home, watching the streets fill with the morning showers. What was once a wintery world washes away like a withering thought. And in all this rain, I dream of powder.

Some don’t like it hot: warming trends pose problems for spring ski mountaineering

In the ski mountaineering world, April is considered prime time for big descents. It is the chosen season for such objectives because avalanche stability is often at its seasonal high, days are longer, and the heat of summer has not yet started to wreak havoc on the snowpack. But this window of opportunity may be closing due to recent climate warming trends that might be here to stay.

Avy Report: Avalanche centers wind down for the summer season

The last days of April are approaching fast and, with that, many avalanche forecasting centers across North America end their daily bulletins for the season. Montana’s Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center and Flathead Avalanche Center have already thrown in the daily forecasting towel for the season and other centers, such as the Utah Avalanche Center and the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center, are getting ready this week to call it quits for the summer months.

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