Wild Rides: Inside the 2022 Gear Guide

This year, we did things a little differently. In lieu of bringing 60 testers, techs and cooks to our week-long test at Powder Mountain, Utah, we held local mini tests across the country all season long. The results are 153 reviews of skis, splitboards, boots, bindings and apparel, including 35 Editors’ Choice Award winners. These are deep and detailed reviews of products we tested hard, with real and credible feedback from testers in their home ranges, East to West.

The 2022 Backcountry Gear Guide

You could call the Backcountry editors single-minded. While all our friends have been soaking in the summer sun and letting their goggle tans fade, we’ve been thinking about one thing and one thing only: backcountry skiing and riding. And after months of studying last winter’s testing notes, we’re getting ready to drop this year’s Gear Guide in September.

The 2021 Backcountry Gear Guide

This is the year to go remote, and our 2021 Gear Guide has all the skis, boards, boots and bindings to get you there. Whether you’re looking for your first backcountry setup or just updating those well-loved planks, we’ve got unbiased and in-depth reviews of 51 skis and 29 splitboards that will take you where […]

Backcountry Basecamp 2021

Stay tuned for the upcoming schedule of tour dates. For a fully immersive Basecamp experience, check out our Basecamp Plus at Alta. Designed for people who want to learn the basics of backcountry skiing and discover new lines in the Wasatch, Basecamp Plus is an all-inclusive, three-day backcountry skiing (and eating) and learning adventure.

Backcountry Barn Bash 2019

All tickets include a FREE Smuggs lift ticket! Join Union Bank of VT & NH, Smugglers’ Notch Resort and Vermont Electric Co-op for the 12th Annual Backcountry Magazine Barn Bash at the Cambridge VT Community Center on Saturday, November 9. Jump into mid-winter conditions with a screening of the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival. […]


We don’t use the term quiver-killer lightly, but at the Backcountry Magazine 12th annual Gear Test Week this past March, the ski racks were full of all-mountain standouts. The mid-fat widths, ranging from 108 and 90 mm underfoot, slashed the lines between nimble carver, chunder crusher and powder slayer. And that’s not to say there […]

Photo of the Day: Couloir With A View

If the skiing in Norway doesn’t blow your mind, the views might. Henrik Windstedt | Lofoten, Norway | Photo: Mattias Fredriksson mattiasfredriksson.com

Photo of the Day: Burnout

Chris Rubens burns one down. Selkirk Mountains, B.C. | Photo: Bruno Long brunolong.com

Photo of the Day: Russian Powder

In Russia, the powder is even better than the vodka. Kaj Zackrisson | Arkhyz, Caucasus Mountains, Russia | Photo: Adam Clark adamclarkphoto.com

Photo of the Day: Light ‘n’ Dark

Sean Cochrane drifts from dark to light. Revelstoke bc, B.C. | Photo: Ryan Creary ryancreary.com