More than 100 dead after tragic avalanche cycle on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border

Over the past week, tragedy has struck the mountainous border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, where avalanches caused by heavy snowfall have lead to the deaths of more than 100 people and have buried two entire villages.

Rubies in the Rough

In 1977, along with business partners Binx Sandahl and Carl Fischer, Joe founded what’s now one of the longest continuously running heli ops in the U.S. That first year, they had just 17 guests over a short season that started on St. Patrick’s Day. But through the subsequent decade, business swelled to 32 guests every three days, and Joe became the sole owner of Ruby in 1981 before meeting his future wife and business partner.

Ski Mountaineering Skills with Andrew McLean: Cook Tent

In this episode, Andrew McLean keeps the fire of stoke burning with cook tent setup techniques. Each week, Basecamp TV, in collaboration with Andrew McLean, brings you new skills to help grow your ski mountaineering gray matter and improve your understanding of how to move in technical terrain.

Special investigation finds Protect Our Winters, Punxsutawney Phil in cahoots

An investigation conducted by Backcountry Magazine and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has found that the climate-change advocacy nonprofit Protect Our Winters and the Pennsylvania-based meteorological prognosticator Punxsutawney Phil may have conspired to formally lengthen winter 2016-17. According to NPR, Punxsutawney Phil, the Marmota monax who has forecasted seasonal outlooks for 131 years, […]

Lawmakers look to sell 3.3-million acres of public land

A bill introduced last week before the U.S. House of Representatives aims to sell 3.3-million acres of public land throughout the West. While text of the bill and specific land parcels have not been released, the acreage represents Bureau of Land Management land across 10 Western states including Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Colorado, Nevada and Oregon.

Snowpack List: Avalanche assessments from around the U.S.: Week of January 29

This week, avalanche danger in the west requires a heightened awareness of terrain management. With surface hoar buried under new snow in many locations, and high winds accompanying many storm systems in the last few days, storm slabs are just waiting to be triggered.

Homeward Bound: Chad Sayers talks international travel and the search for home

On the cover of the January Community Issue is skier and explorer Chad Sayers, buried deep in the powder of Whistler, B.C., where he currently resides. A native Canadian, Sayers was born and raised in British Columbia and still carries with him a love of the mountains of Western Canada.

Ski Mountaineering Skills with Andrew McLean: Layering

Each week, Basecamp TV, in collaboration with Andrew McLean, brings you new skills to help grow your ski mountaineering gray matter and improve your understanding of how to move in technical terrain.

Mountain Skills: Avy gear at the resort? Maybe it’s a good idea after all

High avy danger in the hills? When the forecast blinks red, skiers and riders often flock to ski resorts where ski patrollers mitigate avalanche-related hazards. But even when you aren’t earning your turns, it’s important to keep safety in mind, which may mean bringing your backcountry knowledge and equipment along with you on a lift-serve day.

Squaw Valley Patroller Joe Zuiches Passes Away

Squaw Valley Resort, Calif. On Tuesday morning, Squaw Valley ski patroller Joe Zuiches passed away in an explosives-related accident. Zuiches, 42, was part of two, two-men teams deploying explosives on the resort’s Gold Coast Ridge. A resident of Olympic Valley, Calif., Zuiches had worked as a patroller for Squaw Valley since 2012. Prior to that, Zuiches guided with Shasta Mountain Guides, […]

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