Backcountry Basecamp: Smugglers’ Notch Dispatch

The Basecamp scene under sunny skies. [Photo] Tyler Cohen

Smugglers’ Notch skiers across northern Vermont might be calling in sick today after the weekend wrapped up in rowdy fashion. As temperatures crept into the 60s, the grills and Adirondack chairs came out in Lot 1 to close out the final day of the final stop of the Backcountry Basecamp, this time presented by GORE-TEX, Mammut, Voilé and AIARE.

The IAN Fund: From tragedy, a fund to support families left behind


The International Avalanche Nest-Egg (IAN) Fund is a non-profit that supports families and children affected by avalanche deaths, in addition to providing avy safety information in an effort to reduce avalanche-related deaths. The Fund began in 2013 in memory of Ian Lamphere, who was killed in the Loveland Pass avalanche that April. Now, as part of […]

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 […]

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.

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.

Backcountry BASECAMP Schedule of Events: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort


Backcountry Magazine, in association with GORE-TEX, Marmot and Voilé, is proud to announce that it will be kicking off its third-annual nationwide backcountry skiing and snowboarding BASECAMP tour tomorrow at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. At the Jackson BASECAMP stop, Backcountry Magazine staff will showcase the newest backcountry equipment like skis, skins, splitboards and more; safety […]

BC Banter: Colorado Mountain College Hosts Climate Change Talk, Avalanche Fatality in Snowbasin bc, Backcountry Basecamp Kick Off


Colorado Mountain College hosts Climate Change Presentation BRECKINRIDGE, COLO. National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Oceanographer Laura Landrum will speak today, March 6, at Colorado Mountain College about her research and its impact on global and mountain climates. Landrum, who grew up alpine racing at Loveland Ski Area and taught tele, alpine and backcountry skiing in Washington, […]

Backcountry Basecamp Update


Road-trip Rage: Gas tank being continually on the wrong side of the truck sparks conflict WYO. The Backmobile, that ostentatious Backcountry Basecamp mobile command center: a 2014 Dodge 2500 plus trailer, is configured all wrong. At the Laramie, Wyo. Exxon Big D #27, its flummoxed pilot struggles to sync the gas pump with the gas tank. […]

A Teton Bar Crawl: From Jackson’s Mangy Moose to Targhee’s Trap Bar, It’s a Long, Hard Walk

Totally loaded, Adam Glos and Brigid Mander near Death Canyon Shelf below the Grand, Middle and South Tetons. [Photo] John Slaughter

Whorls of snow blast through camp, sending accumulation sliding down our wind-rattled tents. An airborne pine needle hurls itself into my rapidly cooling, dehydrated-egg-in-bag breakfast, and, hunkered into our hoods, we glumly survey the scene. Then Adam cracks a mischievous smile and pulls a flask from his pack. It’s our third day traversing the Tetons and an early-morning shot sounds like a great idea. We’re in the middle of a bar crawl of sorts, after all.