How one trailbuilder is reshaping access to Vermont’s winter landscape

Hardy Avery has a knack for scoping lines, and it’s a skill that’s established him as one of Vermont’s most sought-after trailbuilders—no matter the season. Avery’s best known work is often of the mountain-biking flavor, with signature trails in Waterbury, Hyde Park and Stowe—including his namesake trail, Hardy’s Haul—drawing visitors from near and afar. In […]

Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison make first full descent of 27,940-foot Lhotse

On Sunday, September 30, ski mountaineers Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison made the first ski descent of Lhotse, one of Nepal’s famous 8,000-meter peaks, looming at 27,940 feet and the fourth tallest in the world.

Accident report of Vermont Army National Guard-triggered avalanche in Smugglers’ Notch points to a lack of risk assessment strategies

On March 14, six Vermont Army National Guard soldiers were involved in an avalanche incident in Smugglers’ Notch’s East Gully, an event that left five requiring medical treatment. More recently, Vermont-based investigative news outlet VTDigger published a September 18 article that takes an in-depth look at the accident and the risk assessment surrounding it.

The Winter Wildlands Alliance releases trailer for the Backcountry Film Festival’s 14th year

With 14 years under its belt, the Winter Wildlands Alliance’s Backcountry Film Festival is a mainstay of the fall movie premier circuit. A mid-November premier in Boise, Idaho kicks off an international tour of the 90-minute show. And Backcountry Film Festival Manager Melinda Quick is excited about the potential reach of this year’s show, as she hopes to plan stops for for Europe, Australia and South America in addition to Canada and the U.S.

Fruits of the Sea

How an old-timey city in northern Québec celebrates tradition while embracing its evolving future.

A Return to Jumbo: Glacier Resorts Ltd. goes to court in an attempt to re-open development opportunities

On June 25, the developers of a proposed ski resort on the Jumbo Glacier in British Columbia’s East Kootenay Mountains were back in court after a three-year hiatus. Their goal: to resurrect the ski area project thought to be dead in the water, dubbed Jumbo Glacier Resort, spearheaded by Glacier Resorts Ltd., CBC reported Monday.

Skintrack Sketches: Lori LaBissoniere finds her inspiration in the Pacific Northwest’s remote landscapes

For painter Lori LaBissoniere, her artwork and environmental ethos go hand in hand. Through her work on reclaimed wood, she depicts the remote landscapes of the Pacific Northwest that she loves and her feelings about environmental degradation that are threatening her places of inspiration. We spoke to Labissoniere to learn more about her medium of […]

Skintrack Sketches: Artist Dawn Gerety paints her love of Alaska and the Chugach Mountains

rtist Dawn Gerety, 48, was raised in Girdwood, Alaska and has always found inspiration in the peaks of the Chugach Mountains. Her biking, skiing and paddling pursuits instilled in her a desire to capture her passion for her natural and social communities.

Probing for data: How a new backcountry citizen science effort is growing the snow-depth database

Data collection for scientific research can be a tedious task at times, especially when it comes to building a database of snow depth data. But a group of scientists based out of Oregon State University, the University of Washington and University of Alaska have joined forces to create a new method for gathering crowd-sourced snow depth data and are developing an army of backcountry skiing citizen scientists to help out.

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