From Bins to Boots: Newell Rubbermaid purchases parent company of K2, Line, Völkl and other ski brands for $15.4 billion

Rubbermaid is a household name that evokes college-dorm storage and pencil organizers. But the company Newell Rubbermaid, known for its host of container and organizational products, recently purchased Jarden Corporation, the parent company for K2, Line, Völkl, Marmot, Dalbello, Marker and many more well-known ski brands.

Arc’teryx Launches Voltair Avalanche Airbag

Vancouver, B.C. Arc’teryx, veteran to mountaineering apparel, is venturing into new territory: hardgoods. Early last week, they debuted their Voltair Avalanche Airbag and Procline boot in their Vancouver headquarters and then, later in the week, provided testing opportunities in the Callaghan Wilderness outside of Whistler Olympic Park.

Arc’teryx Forays into Hardgoods with AT Boot

Vancouver, B.C. Four years ago, Federico Sbrissa, Arc’teryx’s Product Line Manager, began designing a boot for the outdoor expert, a “technical, summit-focused winter alpinist.” Now Sbrissa, who has previously worked for Salomon and Dynafit—he was instrumental in creating the Dynafit Dy.N.A and TLT5 boots —and Arc’teryx announce the fruits of their labor. The Procline Boot debuted at […]

Snow Shooter: Mason Mashon

Before taking photos, Mason Mashon was into mountain bike competition. But he switched his focus from being in front of the lens to behind it—a change that, he says, allows him to understand the athlete’s perspective when shooting. We caught up with the Whistler, B.C. based photographer to talk about his pivot from athlete to cameraman and his need to pack everything but the kitchen sink when he goes to shoots.

Salomon and Atomic introduce Mountain Academy for learning introductory backcountry skills

This week, Salomon and Atomic announced an initiative to advance mountain safety education through a new online platform—Mountain Academy. No, you don’t need to buy textbooks and join the glee club to participate; all you need is a set of eyes and a few minutes to spare.

Daniel Rönnbäck talks extreme photography in the film “AR Family Video Portrait: Daniel Ronnback ‘Follow the Mountain’”

Is photography a dream job for mountain lovers? Maybe, but for 28-year-old Daniel Rönnbäck, it has taken hard work both mentally and physically to get to where he is. In the recent film AR Family Video Portrait: Daniel Ronnback “Follow the Mountain,” produced by Armada Skis, Rönnbäck narrates his own professional story.

Mountain Skills: Should I Stay or Should I Blow?

Relatively speaking, airbags are a new tool in North American avalanche safety. Yet they’re proving to be a great tool in any backcountry kit. It’s important, however, to keep them classified as just that—a tool; something that may improve your chances of surviving an avalanche, depending on the circumstances. In the past few years I’ve […]

Why the Mayor of Salt Lake City Thinks Backcountry Skiers Should Care About the UN Climate Change Summit in Paris

The United Nations is at the brink of a historic global agreement on climate change that could limit carbon emissions. The accord is being negotiated right now on the outskirts of Paris at a two-week summit known as COP21. While most diplomats don’t know their left ski from their right, that’s not the case for Salt […]

In “Turns & Curves” Giulia Monego speaks of love and loss in the mountains

Last week, Bjarne Salén, producer for Endlessflow Films, released Turns and Curves, a short film featuring Italian freeskier and mountaineer Giulia Monego and her motivation to continue mountain exploration in the face of recent personal loss.

Snow Shooter: Adam Barker

It is understandable why photographer Adam Barker is a homebody—his backyard is Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. Though travel is an inherent part of his job, he loves Salt Lake City, living with his wife and three sons a stone’s throw from the Little Cottonwood Canyon backcountry.