Fearlessly Female: Jan Reynolds on life up high and advice for aspiring women ski mountaineers

Jan Reynolds, 62, is familiar with being the lone woman on daring and remote expeditions. As the former record-holder for women’s high-altitude skiing, which she achieved on Tibet’s Muztagata (24,757 ft.) in 1980, Reynolds has made her mark on ski history.

Grassroots Glades

Holly Knox has been managing recreational opportunities as a Green Mountain National Forest District Recreation Program Manager for the last decade, a time when the number of backcountry skiers seemingly multiplied overnight. With 400,000 acres of national forest stretching through central and southern Vermont, and many different groups vying for space to recreate, Knox has plenty of work cut out for herself, focusing her efforts on the Rochester and Middlebury Districts. But after spearheading the country’s first backcountry ski zone of its kind, she clearly has it all under control. Here’s what Knox had to say about her recent effort with Vermont’s glades.

Skintrack Sketches: Artist Lindsay Dew counts on memory to create mountainscapes

For Nelson, B.C. resident Lindsay Dew, art is more than a full-time job. When she’s not working as an art therapist or serving on the Nelson District Arts Council’s board of directors, Dew is in her studio creating mountainscapes of her own. Instead of working from photos, Dew uses her memory of past mountain experiences as her main inspiration.

Sparking Change: How a Montana-based company is looking to solar for their manufacturing needs

Bozeman-based splitboard company Spark R&D takes pride in their soup-to-nuts production, making all of their bindings in house since their 2006 founding. And in an effort to reduce the company’s footprint and manage even more of their manufacturing needs, Spark R&D is now entering into the world of renewable energy so they can source their power in-house, too.

Skintrack Sketches: Vermont artist Jess Graham speaks to her love of lines in painting and snowboarding

Jess Graham looks to mountain biking and snowboarding to inspire her artwork – both as a graphic designer for Alchemist Brewing in Stowe, Vermont and in her home studio. Whether she’s embarking on powder or dirt missions or applying her creativity through acrylic paints and sketching, Graham is always thinking about her lines.

Skintrack Sketches: Artist Emma Longcope paints the public lands she protects by day

Colorado-based artist Emma Longcope, 25, sees art and journaling as a way to slow down and better appreciate her surroundings on the skintrack. And although she considers her art a hobby, Longcope works to bring her artistic side to her day job as the content coordinator for the American Alpine Club by illustrating infographics and other nature-inspired materials.

Skintrack Sketches: ACMG guide Aaron Enns zooms in on geometry to paint a bigger picture

Artist and ACMG-certified guide, Aaron Enns, 40, hails from Golden, B.C., where he looks to his skintrack-based work in the winter and tree-planting vocation in the summer as fuel for his creative juices. Through incorporating the natural, repeating patterns and fractal geometry that appear in the familiar backcountry scenery of his workday, he aims to […]