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

Photo of the Day: Burnout

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

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

Photo of the Day: Light ‘n’ Dark

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

Photo of the Day: Bouncing Around the Whiteroom

Drew Swisher bouncing around the whiteroom. Mt. Baker bc, Washington | Photo: Jasper Gibson

Photo of the Day: Up for Air

Ben Peters comes up for a quick breather. Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho | Photo: Jim Harris