Backcountry Basecamp: Smugglers’ Notch Dispatch

The Basecamp scene under sunny skies. [Photo] Tyler Cohen

Smugglers’ Notch skiers across northern Vermont might be calling in sick today after the weekend wrapped up in rowdy fashion. As temperatures crept into the 60s, the grills and Adirondack chairs came out in Lot 1 to close out the final day of the final stop of the Backcountry Basecamp, this time presented by GORE-TEX, Mammut, Voilé and AIARE.

BC Banter: Smugglers’ Notch BASECAMP stop, RMU Invests in New Factory, NWAC Finishes Daily Forecasts for Season, G3 Hires new VP of Sales, Study Predicts Severe Glacial Loss in Western Canada

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Backcountry Basecamp kicks off this weekend at Smugglers’ Notch Backcountry Magazine, in association with GORE-TEX, Mammut and Voilé, is proud to announce that it will be completing its third-annual nationwide backcountry skiing and snowboarding tour at Smugglers’ Notch Resort the weekend of April 11-12. At the Smuggs’ BASECAMP stop, staff will showcase the newest backcountry equipment like […]

The IAN Fund: From tragedy, a fund to support families left behind

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The International Avalanche Nest-Egg (IAN) Fund is a non-profit that supports families and children affected by avalanche deaths, in addition to providing avy safety information in an effort to reduce avalanche-related deaths. The Fund began in 2013 in memory of Ian Lamphere, who was killed in the Loveland Pass avalanche that April. Now, as part of […]

Photo of the Day: Out the Door

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Caroline Gleich embarks on her day. BC, Canada | Photo:Adam Clark adamclarkphoto.com

Mountain Skills: Anticipating Point Release Avalanches

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As the spring approaches, many of us turn our attention to steeper, more technical lines higher in the mountains. The layers of snow that formed throughout the winter begin to gain strength and the avalanche problem is less complicated—it’s ski mountaineering season! But as the temperatures climb, wet avalanches become a more regular, primary concern. […]

BC Banter: Smugglers’ Notch Basecamp Stop, Utah Avy Center Ends Season’s Advisories, Mt. Washington Avalanches and A New Grand Traverse Record

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Backcountry Basecamp Heads Home to Smugglers’ Notch, Vt. Backcountry Magazine, in association with GORE-TEX, Mammut and Voilé, is proud to announce that it will be completing its third-annual nationwide backcountry skiing and snowboarding tour at Smugglers’ Notch Resort the weekend of April 11-12. At the Smuggs’ BASECAMP stop, staff will showcase the newest backcountry equipment […]

Telluride Legend Peter Inglis Killed in Alaskan Cornice Fall

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Peter Inglis, a 20-year veteran for Telluride Adventure Guides, was killed on Wednesday after a cornice fall in the St. Elias Range, Alaska. Jaime Palmer, a well-known Telluride skier, stomped out the letters “PI” into a snowy face within the Bear Creek area yesterday as a tribute to Inglis. The Telluride legend was profiled by Taylor Van […]

2015 Grand Traverse: Scott Simmons on his team’s win, training and Smelling the Roses

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Aspen, Colo. welcomed Grand Traverse racers a little earlier than expected this year, as Scott Simmons and Paul Hamilton cruised through the finish in a record-breaking six hours, 44 minutes and 35 seconds. Thanks to the fast course and a tough training regimen, the duo were more than able to accomplish their pre-race goal: win. “We wanted to make […]

New-School Ski Mountaineers: At Sugarbush, Vt. junior skimos head off piste

Diggity, Rickety and the Skimos. [Photo] David Crothers

A three-mile section of Central Vermont’s Long Trail links Sugarbush’s Castlerock Peak and Mt. Ellen. It’s routinely traveled by backcountry skiers, and today a group of ski mountaineers are lined up to make the tour. But, instead of being kitted out with spandex and race gear, they wear mondo size 17 boots and 140-cm long skis. They are a part of Sugarbush’s Ski Mountaineers program, a development group of 15 kids ages 10 to 17 who meet each weekend to learn backcountry skills.

2016 Gear Test Week: The Round Up

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After a week in Powder Mountain, the 50 gear testers and Backcountry staff have dispersed back to their respective mountain towns. Like the Annual Board Test, the Gear Test was a huge success; the squad tested 200 skis and 50 boots, as well as a range of tele and AT bindings, all while enjoying the surprise […]

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