Numerous Avalanches Hit Mt. Washington, N.H.

The second avalanche of the day, which deposited three to four feet of debris across 400 feet of the Tuckerman Ravine floor. [Photo] Courtesy Mt. Washington Avalanche Center

On Sunday, March 29, several avalanches occurred throughout New Hampshire’s Presidential Range, notably four human-triggered slides on Mt. Washington and Mt. Monroe. According to a report from the Mt. Washington Avalanche Center, one of these avalanches resulted in injuries.

ORTOVOX Issues Voluntary S1+ Transceiver Recall

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Longmont, Colo. ORTOVOX is issuing an immediate recall of the S1+ model avalanche transceiver due to a repairable hardwear issue. The issue occurs in transmission mode and is based on the limited ability to transmit a discoverable signal, even when turned on and properly functioning. The recall affects all S1+ models that have been distributed […]

2016 Board Test Week Round Up

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The last week was awesome, inspiring and exhausting. My board test team rode harder than bats outta hell, and they deserve every bit of recognition for their work. So I was pretty annoyed last night when I overheard some guy at the bar saying he was sick of hearing “so many snowboarders acting all high […]

2016 Gear Test Week: Day 4 Dispatch

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The testers were back at it again on Friday at Powder Mountain, after a surprising array of songs and skits performed at the Gear Test’s Annual Talent Show on Thursday night. As the day heated up, the group took advantage of the corn and tested the faster and lighter skis of the BCM selection. By the end […]

2016 Gear Test Week: Day 3 Dispatch

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Day 3 of the Gear Test Week was another welcomed day of bluebird skies and warm temperatures. Before the snow turned slushy, a group of testers dropped into terrain typically accessed by the Paradise Lift, which is currently closed due to snow conditions. The crew took turns in the Powder Chambers—untracked, north-facing slopes—and after a quick […]

2016 Gear Test Profile: Sheridan Davis and Mary McIntyre

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Since 2008, approximately 50 testers from around the U.S. have congregated in Powder Mountain to shred on and evaluate next year’s bindings, boots and skis. Some testers make it back every year, putting their home mountains second for a week with Backcountry and their fellow testers, many of whom are now like family. And each year […]

Board Test Week: One Tester Weighs In

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In Crested Butte, more than 30 testers have gathered for the Annual Board Test Week, where they are putting hundreds of the latest and greatest boards, boots and bindings through the ringer. One tester, Scott Johns, a Washington native with the personal mantra “only fun things,” gives a mid-week report on snow conditions, tours and stoke. Keep […]

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

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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

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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 […]

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