On September 26, 2014, the 2015 Backcountry Gear Guide will hit newsstands, featuring 29 Editors’ Choice skis, snowboards, boots and bindings. The products are standouts from nearly 300 hardgoods tested last march at Powder Mountain, Utah and Crested Butte, Colo. Also showcased are more than 100 additional Gear Guide Selects. To be the first to get a subscriber copy of the Guide, subscribe here by July 29. For insider details about this year’s Editors’ Choice logo, click here.
On the July 3 at around 5:30 p.m., Vermont’s Mt. Mansfield got an early taste of fireworks when a significant microburst hit the mountain. No one was in the area at the time of the storm, which affected the intersection of Goat and Midway trails, a popular spot for tree skiing. According to the Stowe Reporter, winds reached more than 80 miles per hour during the burst and more than six acres were damaged. “In a deep year it would be skiable, and if someone spent a little time cleaning it up it would make for some of the best glades around,” says Cyril Brunner of Waterbury, Vt. “If anything, right now it’s made a photographer’s dream since the lack of trees provides a sweet view into the Notch.” Read more here, or watch Mike Hitelman’s video of the damage here.
Ahead of their 10th-annual film festival, Winter Wildlands Alliance is in search of the latest, greatest backcountry films. The committee says, “We’re open-minded about what kind of films we’ll show: documentaries, fiction and experimental films are welcome.” The films should be no more than 30 minutes and should center around what makes human-powered, winter travel unique. Send a digital download or DVD to Winter Wildlands Alliance, Attn: Shelley Pursell, 910 Main Street, Suite 235, Boise ID 83702 before September 15, 2014. To learn more, visit backcountryfilmfestival.com.