The Jackson Hole, Wyo. Backcountry Basecamp stop sponsored by GORE-TEX and Arc’teryx, started with mild weather and overcast skies. It was a busy weekend for the resort, with a recorded 59 inches of new snow falling between Jan. 12 and 21. The recent storm drew big crowds, and as a part of the Basecamp schedule of events, guided tours were offered with Jackson Hole Mountain guides where participants could get out-of-bounds and away from the bustle. Groups left through the backcountry gates after avalanche safety debriefings to find fresh turns.Throughout the day, people came to visit the Basecamp yurt, demoing skis, splitboards, boots and poles from Volie, Arc’teryx, Cold Smoke Snowboards, and 22 Designs. Part of the gear spectacle was a demonstration of the new Arc’teryx Voltair avalanche airbag, on sale next season.
Tomorrow will bring a few inches of new snow and a new wave of visitors to the yurt. Slopes will be refreshed and there will be more opportunities to demo backcountry gear and explore the Jackson Hole terrain for Day 2 of Backcountry Basecamp.—
To find out more about Backcountry Basecamp, visit backcountrymagazine.com/backcountry-basecamp-2016.