At 2018 Gear Test Week, 40 testers put more than 200 pairs of skis, 70 pairs of boots and every pair of backcountry bindings through the ringer. But one particular product stood above all the rest—and it doesn’t come as a pair, at least on the descent.
Building on the success of their “Know Before You Go” avalanche safety campaign, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) and Utah Avalanche Center (UAC) announced today a new backcountry awareness initiative dubbed “Go Before You Go.”
An investigation conducted by Backcountry Magazine and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has found that the climate-change advocacy nonprofit Protect Our Winters and the Pennsylvania-based meteorological prognosticator Punxsutawney Phil may have conspired to formally lengthen winter 2016-17. According to NPR, Punxsutawney Phil, the Marmota monax who has forecasted seasonal outlooks for 131 years, […]
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.
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.
Following a winter that’s left many New England skiers starved of powder, contemplating their life choices, trimming and adhering paper snowflakes to their windows and tuning and retuning their skis in anticipation of the next big dump, a colossal Nor’easter is forecasted to bring two to three feet of snow to parts of the Northeast.