2016 Gear Test Week: Day 2 Dispatch

Cashing in on Tuesday's pow. [Photo] Jeff Diener

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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Vermont BC Alliance’s Ethics, Crested Butte Basecamp, Guide Killed in B.C. Avalanche, TransWorld Partnership, Record Snowfall


Vermont Backcountry Alliance Publishes Backcountry Ethics In partnership with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, the Green Mountain Club, Green Mountain National Forest and Winter Wildlands Alliance, the Vermont Backcountry Alliance (VTBC) has published a new set of Leave No Trace guidelines for Vermont backcountry skiers and riders. The seven principles, adapted from […]

Backcountry Basecamp Schedule of Events: Crested Butte Mountain Resort


Backcountry Magazine, in association with GORE-TEX, Patagonia and Voilé, is proud to announce that it will be bringing its third-annual nationwide backcountry skiing and snowboarding tour to Gunnison and Crested Butte Mountain Resort the weekend of March 12-15.

TransWorld SNOWboarding partners with Backcountry Magazine for 2016 Splitboard Test


Backcountry Magazine is stoked to announce a new partnership with TransWorld SNOWboarding to conduct the 2016 splitboard test. For eight years, Backcountry Magazine and a fleet of riders have traveled to Crested Butte, Colo. for a week of on-snow testing to create the industry’s most detailed and credible splitboard, boot, binding and accessory reviews. This year, Backcountry is teaming up with TransWorld to bring that beta to even more readers.