2016 Gear Test Week: Day 3 Dispatch

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Day 3 of the Gear Test Week was another welcomed day of bluebird skies and warm temperatures. Before the snow turned slushy, a group of testers dropped into terrain typically accessed by the Paradise Lift, which is currently closed due to snow conditions. The crew took turns in the Powder Chambers—untracked, north-facing slopes—and after a quick […]

2016 Gear Test Profile: Sheridan Davis and Mary McIntyre

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Since 2002, approximately 50 testers from around the U.S. have congregated in Powder Mountain to shred on and evaluate next year’s bindings, boots and skis. Some testers make it back every year, putting their home mountains second for a week with Backcountry and their fellow testers, many of whom are now like family. And each year […]

Board Test Week: One Tester Weighs In

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In Crested Butte, more than 30 testers have gathered for the Annual Board Test Week, where they are putting hundreds of the latest and greatest boards, boots and bindings through the ringer. One tester, Scott Johns, a Washington native with the personal mantra “only fun things,” gives a mid-week report on snow conditions, tours and stoke. Keep […]

2016 Gear Test Week: Day 2 Dispatch

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As testers rolled into Powder Mountain for Day 2 of Gear Test Week, they were greeted with sunny skies and warm temperatures, a total 180 from Tuesday’s blustery dumpage. Skiers snagged their picks for the second round of fat ski-testing and were mowing through Tuesday’s accumulation as quickly as their bindings could be adjusted. Before the powder turned heavy from […]

2016 Gear Test Week: Day 1 Dispatch

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Powder Mountain lived up to its name today, with 9 inches of freshies accumulated over the past 48 hours. Given the sunny forecast expected for the rest of the week, testers took full advantage of the new snow and tried out the fattest of the 200 Gear Test skis, most of which were 105 underfoot or […]

BCM Gear Test Kicks Off

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Backcountry’s Gear Test kicked off yesterday, as 200 skis, 50 boots and 40 testers began trickling into Powder Mountain through out the afternoon. And before the testers were able to hit the slopes today, the BCM staff put them to work sorting and organizing the gear: earning your turns can have more than one meaning. Here’s a […]

Board Test: Day 1 Update

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With the rapid escalation of splitboarding’s popularity, combined with technological advances in the winter sports industry, the selection process that goes into building a backcountry snowboarding setup is more tedious than ever. Boards are lighter. New bindings and touring hardware increase the speed of transitions from tour mode to ride mode, and vice versa. The […]

BC Banter: BCM Gear Test Underway, Wet Avalanches Across the West, BD Explores Selling its Brands, Tahoe Closes Early and OB Death in Crested Butte

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Backcountry Magazine Gear Test & Board Test Get Underway Next week kicks off the Backcountry Magazine Gear Test and Board Test. The ski test, which takes place at Powder Mountain, Utah, includes 40 seasoned testers who sample 50 boots and 200 skis over the course of five gear-filled days. And in Crested Butte, Colo., the […]

Backcountry Basecamp: Crested Butte Dispatch

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CRESTED BUTTE, COLO. 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. The clear skies and warm weather kept CB locals and visitors alike cruising through the Basecamp […]

Photo Gallery: Carter Couloir

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February 2015 was one of the coldest and snowiest months on record in New England. The deep snowpack afforded passage into backcountry zones that have long been sought after. One of them is a slide on the lesser-known, east side of NH Route 16 in Carter Notch that Rob Fox—and few others—had been scouting for years.

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