Ahead of the Curve: Two Decades of Backcountry Skiing Innovation

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Twenty years ago, Larry Coats noted that the day had come when there was no longer a distinction between Nordic and Alpine skiing. And over the two decades since, a whole lot has happened with backcountry gear, from the boom and bust of telemark equipment to the splitboard explosion. Here’s how it all went down, as pulled from our pages.

Biff America: On Life in the ’70s

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Jeffery Bergeron, under the alias of Biff America, is a monthly columnist for BCM. Biff provides anecdotes about some of our favorite things: beer, sex and skiing.

Land of the Rising Skintrack

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Editor Tyler Cohen takes a look inside Japan’s ascent to backcountry-skiing prominence.

Pure: Sandra Lahnsteier and the Women of Skiing

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There’s a move afoot in skiing and riding, and it’s driven by ladies. Women have always punctuated the narrative of backcountry skiing, but their supporting role in the barrage of slow-mo ski porn dominating the ski film industry has more than a few ladies fed up. Sandra Lahnsteiner is one of them.

Remembering Liz, Andreas & JP, Pretty Faces World Premiere, Backcountry’s 100th Issue

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Remembering Liz, Andreas & JP, ‘Pretty Faces’ world premiere kicks of in Boulder, Colo. and Backcountry ships the 100th Issue.

Remembering Liz Daley: 1985-2014

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To capture the essence of Liz Daley, the first thing that comes to mind for many of us is her incredibly brilliant and heart-warming smile. Out of all the beautiful and unique things she provided this world, the most precious are the tenderness and feelings of serenity that her presence provided each and every one us. I’ve heard so many people describe how deeply she touched and inspired them even if they had only met once. This fact, and the deep and unbreakable bonds she has developed with her friends and loved ones is a testament to her truly remarkable ability to spread love on this planet and share her incredible passion for life and the mountains. She was a true Angel.

Throwback Thursday: 100 Issues and Counting

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Today, the Backcountry staff is putting the finishing touches on our 100th issue. This afternoon, our team will ship the magazine to the printer, capping off 20 years of Discovering The Snow Beyond, Adventure Beyond Boundaries, and The Untracked Experience. And in a couple weeks’ time, the mag will make its way into subscribers’ mailboxes across the country and world.

Pretty Faces: The World Premiere

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Last night, Colorado’s 850-seat Boulder Theater was standing-room-only. Skiers—from famous names to everyday shredders—arrived from far-flung locales in anticipation of the world premiere of Lynsey Dyer’s all-women’s ski film, Pretty Faces: The Story of a Skier Girl. And the verdict is out: the one-hour flick is well-shot, beautifully edited, and topped off with a great soundtrack and athlete interviews. It is lighthearted, but filled with impressive and inspiring action.

Learning Liz Daley: On tour with splitboarding’s brightest female

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Among the handful of dedicated, professional splitboard mountaineers, there are few females, which made Liz Daley a niche within a niche. Over the last few years, Daley actively built her résumé with first descents on Cascade volcanoes and by shredding lines in the French Alps surrounding her wintertime residence of Chamonix, France. In the February 2014 issue of Backcountry, contributor John Wright profiled Daley, who died on Monday, September 29 in an avalanche in Argentina.

Mind Over Mountain: Andreas Fransson’s Story

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Andreas Fransson defined modern extreme skiing with fearless firsts and repeat descents that ranked among those of steep-skiing pioneers who, before him, delimited what was doable on skis. He shattered those limits. Editor Tyler Cohen spent a few days in 2013 skiing in Chamonix, France to ski in the shadow of a legend who died Monday, September 29.

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