The Loveland Five: Five Reasons To Live


Today marks the second anniversary of the Sheep Creek avalanche, a catastrophic accident that occurred near Loveland Colo. in 2013, claiming five young men. Four expert snowboarders, Chris Peters, Rick Gaukel, Ryan Novak and Joe Timlin and one expert skier, Ian Lamphere, were skinning near Scotty’s Corner, an oxbow near U.S. Highway 6, when the avalanche unleashed. The […]

The Kickstep Project: Chapter Two


This winter in Alaska brought warm temperatures and notably low snowfall and snowpack, and as a result, finding skiable terrain proved more of a challenge than in years past. For a group of locals, however, steep lines and accessible terrain were simply a seven-mile skin away. Turnagain Pass, located south of Anchorage in the Chugach National Forest, boasted stable and enough […]

BC Banter: Snow Returns to the West, Avy Fatality on Beehive Peak, Mont., Davenport In Hall of Fame, Austrian Man Survives 10 Hours in Avy, Teton Valley Locals Die in Plane Crash, Arc’teryx Begins defineFEMININE Contest


Snow Returns to the West As winter winds down on the East Coast, the Western U.S. received some serious end-of-the-season snowfall this week. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning through Saturday for Western Colo., with expected accumulation of 12-24 inches. In Utah, Alta is reporting 34 inches of new snow, and Snowbird […]

The Kickstep Project: Chapter One


This winter marked one of the warmest winters in Alaska’s history, and while it’s one for the books, the temperatures should come as no surprise. In the past 50 years, Alaskan temperatures have increased by an average of 3.4°F, and winter warming has increased by 6.4°F, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And with temperatures on the […]

A Note From the Editor: To The Extreme

Andreas Fransson: Writer, thinker, yogi. April 15, 1983 - September 24, 2014 [Photo] Daniel Rönnbäck

I ’d just arrived from Boston to Chamonix, France to profile the Swedish extreme skier Andreas Fransson when I received an e-mail from his girlfriend, Alejandra Campos. She was excited about my visit, and invited me to their nearby apartment in Taconnaz for his tropical-themed 30th birthday party.

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


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


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


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

Mountain Skills: Anticipating Point Release Avalanches


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. […]