Andreas Fransson & JP Auclair Confirmed Dead in South American Avalanche

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According to a news report published by Chilean news outlet Publicmetro.cl, extreme skiers Andreas Fransson and JP Auclair have reportedly died in an avalanche that occurred late Monday on Monte San Lorenzo on the Chilean-Argentinean border. Fransson and Auclair traveled last week to southern Chile with filmmaker Bjarne Salén and photographer Daniel Rönnbäck. The group planned to spend two weeks in the Patagonia region to film and shoot a collaborative webisode project.

Backcountry Hut, Lodge and Yurt Guide

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Here it is, the list of more than 200 huts, lodges and yurts throughout North America.

WWA Film Festival, ‘Dreamline,’ Fines for Photos and the 2014 Travel Guide

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The Winter Wildlands Alliance announces their Backcountry Film Festival lineup, Ptor Spricenieks’ ‘Dreamline’ debuts, the USFS proposes fines for photos and the 2014 Backcountry Travel Guide hits newsstands.

40 Tribes: Backcountry Riding in Kyrgyzstan

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When Ryan Koupal first visited the China/Kyrgyzstan border in 1999, he was deeply intrigued by the rugged, remote Tien Shan Mountains. So, after graduating in 2003 with a degree in Mandarin Chinese from Middlebury College, he returned to the Tien Shan while leading programs for Where There Be Dragons, a study-abroad program for high school and college students.

Avalanche on Shishapangma, Nepal Kills Two

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According to a press release, Sebastian Haag and Andrea Zambaldi died yesterday in an avalanche on Nepal’s Shishapangma (8,013 meters). The two, who were ascending with Benedikt Böhm, Martin Maier and Ueli Steck, were within 100 meters of the summit when the avalanche struck. Maier was caught but survived the slide, which reportedly ran 600 vertical […]

The Friend: Line Creator Jason Levinthal’s New Vision

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In 2013, having spent 18 years building Line Skis up from its roots in his parents’ garage to the successful company that it is today, Jason Levinthal launched a new brand tied directly to his own persona: J Skis. Now, his East Coast, no-compromise roots are on display in limited-release batches sold direct to customers.

Throwback Thursday: The Free Heel

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“There is no right or wrong in the ongoing philosophical war; the contemporary free-heel world is an eclectic brew, encompassing everyone from Nordic tourers to damn-the-torpedoes freeriders,” Chris Clark said in Issue 21 of the ’99-’00 binding market.

Biff America: On ‘Oh Sh*t’ Moments

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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.

Meet The Mayor: Ogden, Utah’s Skiing, Biking High Chief

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Since his election in 2012, Mayor Mike Caldwell has carried the torch for Ogden’s revitalization, creating more than 1,000 new jobs and bringing $10 million in grant money for the city that’s billing itself as the alternative ski town to Utah’s Salt Lake, just an hour north along the Wasatch Mountains.

Lance’s Lab: The Deepest Days

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Calvin, of Calvin and Hobbes, said it best: “Getting an inch of snow is like winning 10 cents in the lottery.” Everyone likes to win big. But what were the biggest winning storms—the all time huge dumps, and awesome events? And where did they happen?

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