Boardroom: Four Techniques To Improve Your Splitboard Ascents

Like every gratifying, adventurous inclination, splitboarding involves a sometimes funny, sometimes frustrating progression for resort-turned-backcountry snowboarders. Most riders learn to snowboard inbounds and then make a transition to the backcountry. Because of this, using two planks to climb a mountain and mastering additional uphill travel skills can be daunting. So to glide off on the right foot, here are four, easy-to-practice ascent techniques.

Avy Report: Spring is here, and so are wet avalanches

As ski resorts begin to close, more skiers flock to the backcountry to savor the last taste of winter. Spring can be a time of long days and fun ski missions in the sun, but caution must still be exercised as springtime snowpack can be dangerous and variable.

2017 Board Test Week: Variable Conditions Close Out Crested Butte Test

The final day of 2017 Board Test Week was far from uneventful. After a week of riding at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and in the surrounding backcountry, a crew of 11 splitboarders put more than 20 standout boards to the test at Irwin Guides, a renowned cat skiing operation in Irwin, Colorado.

Height of Land Publications to acquire Cross Country Skier Magazine

Height of Land Publications (HOL), publisher of Alpinist and Backcountry Magazine, is acquiring Cross Country Skier Magazine (XCS). Under the terms of the purchase, all operations of XCS will move from Cable, Wisconsin, to Jeffersonville, Vermont. Current XCS Publisher and Editor Ron Bergin will stay on as an advertising sales representative and will continue to write for the magazine.

Ten Years Later, La Grave Memorializes Doug Coombs and Chad VanderHam

It’s been 10 years since the ski world lost pioneer Doug Coombs and aspirant guide Chad VanderHam. While Coombs made a name for himself on this side of the pond, La Grave was his home for 10 years, and that’s were he was skiing along with VanderHam on April 3, 2006 when both men fell […]

Boardroom: A look into the life of a Rocket Scientist splitboard revolutionary

Phantom Splitboard Bindings, designed to be used with lightweight alpine touring ski boots, have quickly become a go-to for splitboard mountaineers around the world. In addition to Phantom providing a cool new product, its story is unusual. With a marketing plan based almost entirely on word-of-mouth sales, Phantom has successfully grown in the years since its founding. What’s even more interesting about this revolutionary company is that founder John Keffler is a full-time rocket scientist.

Skiers Complete First Attempt at Colorado’s Hardrock 100

A team comprised of accomplished ultrarunners Jason Schlarb and Paul Hamilton, skimo racer Scott Simmons and videographer Noah Howell, have completed the first attempt at skiing the Hardrock 100, a 100-mile route through southwestern Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. The route, traditionally a summertime endurance run, is well known for the sheer mental and physical tenacity required—it boasts 34,000 feet of elevation gain, crosses 13 passes above 12,000 feet and maintains an average elevation above 11,000 feet.

Remembering Doug Coombs, 10 Years Later

This year marks the 10th anniversary of ski pioneer Doug Coombs’s passing, which occurred on April 3, 2006 in La Grave, France. Coombs fell to his death while trying to reach aspiring mountain guide Chad VanderHam, who’d fallen while descending the Couloir de Polichinelle, a line Coombs skied often. VanderHam also died that day.

Backcountry Magazine to Focus Strictly on The Stash Outback

Following a heated and lengthy in-house discussion on the dangers and uncertainty of the unknown, Backcountry Magazine has decided to refocus its content to solely cover popular backcountry zones. As Backcountry transitions away from “The Untracked Experience”—a catchphrase encouraging ill-advised and remote trips to harsh and untrammeled environments—we aim to better cater to the public at large.

Rodent Resource: An unlikely solution to avalanche rescue

You may have heard of avalanche rescue dogs, but in a recent study from the Rodent Avalanche Technologies Society (R.A.T.S.), based in Athabasca, Alberta, a new mammal has been identified as highly effective in stressful rescue environments that have other mammals chasing their tails—a beloved family pet to millions of middle schoolers around the country, the Guinea pig.

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