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Big Sky and Targhee, we’re coming for you!

Photos from this past weekends Backcountry BASECAMP stop at Alta.

The Week Ahead 👀

Backcountry BASECAMP has a big week ahead! Wednesday and Thursday (Feb. 28-29) we’re headed to Montana’s Big Sky Resort for the National Brotherhood of Snowsports (NBS) Summit. While Summit events and activities are for NBS members only, our BASECAMP offerings are open to the public. Tickets/passes are required to demo gear.

Next, we head to Grand Targhee Resort, where we’ll be camped out Saturday and Sunday (March 2-3), celebrating Targhee Tele Festival, in honor of World Telemark Day, and 22 Designs’ 20th Anniversary! Don’t miss your chance to drop the knee: 22 Designs will have full tele setups to demo and clinics for varying skill levels. Plus, their athletes will be around to show you how it’s done!

We’ll still have our alpine and touring demo skis from Atomic, Scott and WNDR available, as well as our full BASECAMP setup, including packs, apparel, poles, gloves and avalanche gear to check out.

Join us for any or all of the following:

On my Coffee Table

Issue 156 | The Backwoods Issue

This one is a shoutout to my fellow editors, Tom and Betsy. Both have amazing profiles in Issue 156, which they wrote in addition to working on three other issues. Betsy goes deep with hard charger Caite Zeliff, who, after some harrowing injuries, is reshaping her relationship with skiing, while Tom brings the whiskey-drinking, Mount Hood legend Asit Rathod to life. They’re two of my favorite articles from this volume, and if you haven’t grabbed a copy, subscribe and get one today, because both are worth a read. —Greta Close

What’s on Your Coffee Table?

Are you a collector? Do you have a favorite issue? Snap a photo with it and tell us why in a few words—send it to greta@backcountrymagazine.com—and we’ll share it in our newsletter and on social media!


Backcountry Basecamp Tour

A nationwide, traveling festival with the newest gear, the most essential skills and the best in backcountry fun!

[Photo] Grant Gunderson

Tour Stops

FEBRUARY 24-25: Alta, UT

FEBRUARY 28-29: Big Sky, MT*

*In support of the National Brotherhood of Snowsports

MARCH 2-3: Grand Targhee, WY

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Gear


  • Gearbox: 2024 Avalanche Safety Gear

    Gearbox: 2024 Avalanche Safety Gear

    Whether you’re looking to dig a pit, need a new probe, or want to be prepared with a saw in your pack, these pieces of avalanche safety equipment will complete your kit.

  • Gearbox: 2024 Beacons

    Gearbox: 2024 Beacons

    From user-friendly to professional-level, these beacons have you and your backcountry needs covered. Find the right transceiver for you.

  • Editors’ Choice Apparel Reviews

    Editors’ Choice Apparel Reviews

    This year’s lineup is the largest scope of apparel we’ve ever received. Here’s what stood out.

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  • Editors’ Choice Splitboard Bindings

    Hardboot or softboot, all day missions or post-work laps, find the right splitboard binding for your backcountry pursuits.

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    Whether you like to lock in your heel or keep it free, these Editors’ Choice bindings are built to help you earn your turns and enjoy the descent.

  • Editors’ Choice Splitboard Boots

    Whether you’re on the bootpack, split skiing or setting a skintrack, these two boots cater to your backcountry needs.

  • Editors’ Choice Ski Boot Reviews

    From four buckles to Boas to cables, these Editors’ Choice boots cater to all types of missions—pillow stomping, 4,000 feet of vert and more.

The Backcountry Podcast

From legendary athletes to iconic product designers, activists to guides, our world is filled with new views, wisdom, determination and crustiness.

Latest Podcast Episodes

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In the skiing universe, Chris Davenport is a household name. In addition to his career as a professional athlete and world champion freeskier, he’s a ski guide, television host and announcer, and ski entrepreneur. Most recently, he’s taken on a role at Peak Skis alongside Bode Miller, bringing decades in the industry to his focus on design and innovation.

Ellen Bradley: The Original Storytellers

In this episode, Bradley speaks about how her background in science and passion for skiing complement each other. She reflects on the challenges of growing up away from her Alaska homeland and why we should let Indigenous peoples tell their own stories.

Jeremy Jones: The Art of Schralpinism

In this episode, Jeremy reflects on the impact of the life of the late Craig Kelly, whose untimely death while training to become a guide set the sport of backcountry snowboarding back a decade. Jeremy also speaks about his own personal journey, from being the first certified snowboarder at Mt. Mansfield in Stowe, Vermont, to riding some of the raddest lines on the planet and the pure joy he finds in powsurfing.

Mountain Skills


Uphill Travel Guide

Resort Skinning Policies

We’ve compiled a database of U.S. resorts with a little about each individual policy—where and when skinning is allowed, whether or not it’s free during operating hours and the link directly to the resort’s guidelines.

View our resort skinning policies guide »

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  • Mountain Skills: Why You Should Upgrade Your Avalanche Transceiver

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    In 2016, Aaron Rice skied 2.5 million human-powered vertical feet, and there were definitely times when he just didn’t feel like skinning. He often wanted to ski one less run or even lay down in the snow and cry. But he knew that, to reach his goal, he had to become a master of motivating…

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    Mountain Skills: Essential Education

    The list of skills and knowledge needed to get into the mountains is never ending. In fact, it’s subject matter that numerous careers are built on, but safe and efficient backcountry travel doesn’t necessarily require a PhD in snow science or a guide’s certification. It takes common sense, good partners, a willingness to learn and,…

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