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.
On the hunt for some Throwback Thursday fodder, editor Tyler Cohen took a trip down into the depths of Backcountry’s basement. Amid the dust bunnies, the third and fourth editions of le Chronicle du Couloir lay in wait. The issues, each just 15 pages long, represent the early days of backcountry skiing journalism.
Oh how the times have changed. Flipping through archived issues of Backcountry, I stumbled across an atrocious sight in the 2000 Gear Guide. What might have been innovative then now harks back to a simpler time, when Tuas were cutting edge and tele skiers were content to smoke their patchouli (or whatever).
Jeff Campbell’s Instagram feed is seeded with square shots of soldered circuit boards and technical diagrams charting pressure and friction. A PhD candidate researching biomechanical engineering at UW Seattle, he wouldn’t be where he is today without skiing—or a 2006 accident that shattered his left femur and knee.