Board Test: Day 1 Update


With the rapid escalation of splitboarding’s popularity, combined with technological advances in the winter sports industry, the selection process that goes into building a backcountry snowboarding setup is more tedious than ever. Boards are lighter. New bindings and touring hardware increase the speed of transitions from tour mode to ride mode, and vice versa. The […]

BC Banter: BCM Gear Test Underway, Wet Avalanches Across the West, BD Explores Selling its Brands, Tahoe Closes Early and OB Death in Crested Butte


Backcountry Magazine Gear Test & Board Test Get Underway Next week kicks off the Backcountry Magazine Gear Test and Board Test. The ski test, which takes place at Powder Mountain, Utah, includes 40 seasoned testers who sample 50 boots and 200 skis over the course of five gear-filled days. And in Crested Butte, Colo., the […]

Backcountry Basecamp: Crested Butte Dispatch


CRESTED BUTTE, COLO. Two down, one to go. The Backcountry Basecamp tour wrapped up this Sunday evening in Crested Butte, Colo. after a weekend of OB tours, avalanche and safety clinics and gear demos from Scott Sports, Salomon, Atomic and Coldsmoke Splitboards. The clear skies and warm weather kept CB locals and visitors alike cruising through the Basecamp […]

Photo Gallery: Carter Couloir


February 2015 was one of the coldest and snowiest months on record in New England. The deep snowpack afforded passage into backcountry zones that have long been sought after. One of them is a slide on the lesser-known, east side of NH Route 16 in Carter Notch that Rob Fox—and few others—had been scouting for years.

Vermont BC Alliance’s Ethics, Crested Butte Basecamp, Guide Killed in B.C. Avalanche, TransWorld Partnership, Record Snowfall


Vermont Backcountry Alliance Publishes Backcountry Ethics In partnership with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, the Green Mountain Club, Green Mountain National Forest and Winter Wildlands Alliance, the Vermont Backcountry Alliance (VTBC) has published a new set of Leave No Trace guidelines for Vermont backcountry skiers and riders. The seven principles, adapted from […]

Backcountry Basecamp Schedule of Events: Crested Butte Mountain Resort


Backcountry Magazine, in association with GORE-TEX, Patagonia and Voilé, is proud to announce that it will be bringing its third-annual nationwide backcountry skiing and snowboarding tour to Gunnison and Crested Butte Mountain Resort the weekend of March 12-15.

TransWorld SNOWboarding partners with Backcountry Magazine for 2016 Splitboard Test


Backcountry Magazine is stoked to announce a new partnership with TransWorld SNOWboarding to conduct the 2016 splitboard test. For eight years, Backcountry Magazine and a fleet of riders have traveled to Crested Butte, Colo. for a week of on-snow testing to create the industry’s most detailed and credible splitboard, boot, binding and accessory reviews. This year, Backcountry is teaming up with TransWorld to bring that beta to even more readers.

The Coolest Place for Skimo: Crested Butte leads North America’s uphill scene

"Do these spandex make my Butte look big?" [Photo] Kevin Krill

In ski mountaineering racing, or skimo as it’s known, the days are long and the pants are tight…very tight. Combine these details with skinny skis and uphill slogs, and skimo isn’t exactly America’s most popular sport. But in Crested Butte, that’s not the case.

Jackson Basecamp: Day 2 Dispatch


Jackson is a wrap. That’s right, the first tour stop of the GORE-TEX Backcountry Basecamp is all done, and we’re heading to Crested Butte, Colo. Day 2 of the event was a sunny Sunday even warmer than the previous day, and visitors passed through the village, joined Jackson Hole Guide Robb Hess for OB tours, listened to safety talks from AIARE instructor Nancy Bockino and demoed gear from a handful of brands. Here are some highlights from the day.

Jackson Basecamp: Day 1 Dispatch


Day 1 of the GORE-TEX Backcountry Basecamp broke under sunny skies as temps around Jackson Hole Mountain Resort rose into the 40s. All day, people streamed throughout the Basecamp village beside the Bridger Center, headed out on OB tours with Jackson Hole Guide Tommy Moe, tuned in to avalanche and safety clinics and checked out […]