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, […]

Snowpack List: Avalanche assessments from around the U.S.: Week of January 22

Recent avalanche danger trends continue into this week with new snowfall across the west putting added stress on snowpack stability.

Mapping Greenland: IFMGA guide Ben Tibbetts explores a new platform for navigation in a remote land

In a recent trip with a group of close friends to Greenland, Ben Tibbetts looked to the new navigational tools created by the company FATMAP to help him locate appropriate objectives and ski first descents.

Dirty Laundry: How to rid dirt, grime and other funk from your layers

Cleaning tech wear is more intricate than washing dirty ski socks, however, since generic detergents can harm certain synthetics and leave outerwear less waterproof.

Ski Mountaineering Skills with Andrew McLean: Anchors

In this episode, Andrew McLean stands his ground with anchor building skills for that instance when skiing is just not an option.

2017 Apparel Guide: Timeless and Trending Baselayers

For our next installment of the Apparel Guide online, we introduce baselayers to help you build warmth and comfort from the foundation up.

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