Throwback Thursday: Ski Racing Takes Off


Contributor Dave Dornian saw it coming back in 2001—the bike-helmet-wearing, spandex-clad, skinny-ski toting explosion. Citing races like the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse and European events sanctioned by the International Council for Ski Mountaineering Competition (ISMC), Dorian predicted a boom in ski-mountaineering racing. “The ISMC’s current five-year plan calls for an increasing number of continental and intercontinental races,” he wrote. “Meanwhile, in the North American backcountry, the though of organized competitions is about as foreign as raclette or glügwein.”

Biff America: On Relative Hygene


Jeffery Bergeron, under the alias of Biff America, is a monthly columnist for Backcountry. Each week, Biff provides anecdotes about some of our favorite things: beer, sex and skiing. He can be seen on TV-8-Summit and read in several newspapers and magazines. Reach Biff at For signed copies of his book, “Steep, Deep and […]

A Goal of Zero: The Avalanche Industry Looks To Change


Turning to a Swedish law that’s reduced automobile fatalities, the avalanche industry looks to change backcountry safety.

Changing the Snowboard Landscape: Jeremy Jones’s ‘Higher’ and bc riding


Over the last 25 years, Jeremy Jones has snowboarded everywhere from Vermont to Alaska. He was once a pioneer of big-mountain freeriding and has become a pioneer of human-powered riding. In 2007, he founded Protect Our Winters, an organization aimed at stopping climate change and three years later, he launched his groundbreaking film, Deeper. This month, he’ll release Higher, the final chapter in the three-part series. This won’t mark the end of exploration for Jones, though, “We have our hands full right now getting Higher out the door,” he says, “but there’s a lot I want to do, exactly how I want to document that, I don’t know.”

BC Banter: Auclair Fund, VT Backcountry Forum, Deer Valley Buys Solitude, Drone Fines


This Week in the News: Alpine Initiatives launches Auclair Fund, VT Backcountry Alliance announces second-annual forum, Deer Valley buys Solitude and National Park Service fines drone users.

Ahead of the Curve: Two Decades of Backcountry Skiing Innovation


Twenty years ago, Larry Coats noted that the day had come when there was no longer a distinction between Nordic and Alpine skiing. And over the two decades since, a whole lot has happened with backcountry gear, from the boom and bust of telemark equipment to the splitboard explosion. Here’s how it all went down, as pulled from our pages.

Biff America: On Life in the ’70s


Jeffery Bergeron, under the alias of Biff America, is a monthly columnist for BCM. Biff provides anecdotes about some of our favorite things: beer, sex and skiing.

Land of the Rising Skintrack


Editor Tyler Cohen takes a look inside Japan’s ascent to backcountry-skiing prominence.

Pure: Sandra Lahnsteier and the Women of Skiing


There’s a move afoot in skiing and riding, and it’s driven by ladies. Women have always punctuated the narrative of backcountry skiing, but their supporting role in the barrage of slow-mo ski porn dominating the ski film industry has more than a few ladies fed up. Sandra Lahnsteiner is one of them.

Remembering Liz, Andreas & JP, Pretty Faces World Premiere, Backcountry’s 100th Issue


Remembering Liz, Andreas & JP, ‘Pretty Faces’ world premiere kicks of in Boulder, Colo. and Backcountry ships the 100th Issue.