Do you remember your first backcountry setup? Backcountry’s staff does. And nothing compares to the feeling of sliding a brand-new, or new-to-you, bc setup uphill…except maybe the feeling of flying down on it afterwards.
For Editor Tyler Cohen, it was a pair of 168cm Atomic Kongurs mounted with G3 Targa bindings. “I think I might have spent $200 on them, and I overdrew my bank account in the process,” he remembers. For his first backcountry run, he took a ski down Vermont’s Teardrop Trail, a Mt. Mansfield classic, which, according to legend, is so named because of the tears it brings to skiers’ eyes as they careen down its speed-inducing slope.
Associate Publisher Paul Davis, the office’s token snowboarder, remembers finding a full Burton prototype in a shop in 2002, mismarked for somewhere around $100. “Back then there were no split-specific bindings—you just put your regular bindings on these crazy aluminum metal plate thingies and hoped all the shit that was going on didn’t explode,” he says. “I think about 50 percent of the time something broke.” Even though splitboarding technology has increased drastically over the last 10 years, Davis remains skeptical. “I never fully trust it all. Snowboarders are simple folk—all that moving shit makes us nervous.”
When asked about his first bc setup, Editor-in-Chief Adam Howard looked quizzical. “It depends what you call ‘backcountry’,” he remarked. “In a diagonal, Scandinavian sort of way, that would be a pair of Rossignol Chamois (215) with Dovre three-pin bindings. Terrible skis really, and probably 10 years old when I started tele turning on them in 10th grade.” From there he moved on to a pair of “burned out” Fischer RC4 Slaloms with Voilé Three Pin cables. “Also terrible,” he says.
Whether you got your first bc setup 10 years ago or 10 days ago, send your memories to email@example.com.