Salomon launches S/LAB Shift MNC binding, targeting freeride tourers who want it all

Annecy, France-based skiing powerhouse Salomon has upped their do-it-all binding game with the December 8 launch of the newly minted S/LAB Shift MNC. Salomon designed this binding in the vein of the freeride-focused Marker Kingpin, but a few notable differences could place the Shift MNC in a category unto itself.

Skintrack Sketches: Kate Zessel finds creativity on the skintrack

Hailing from Whistler, B.C., 27-year-old artist Kate Zessel seems to have everything figured out. But her path to success hasn’t been a straight one; growing up, she wasn’t sure how to make art a viable profession.

Kit DesLauriers talks the future of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge after October’s drilling-friendly Senate decision

On October 19, the U.S. Senate rejected a budget amendment that would have blocked a key panel from raising revenue via drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This area covers 19.64 million acres of land in Northern Alaska.

Skintrack Sketches: John Fellows carves a place for his recreation-inspired artwork

For John Fellows, 43, the pursuit of art did not follow a straight path. High school struggles and time abroad in Europe punctuated his journey to find an application for his loves of art and the environment.

Skintrack Sketches: Evan Chismark pens a vision of community, environment and stoke

This week in Skintrack Sketches, we take a look at the artwork of 39-year-old Vermont-based artist Evan Chismark, who has been documenting his surroundings since before he can remember. His work is often a depiction of the natural haunts he visits while mountain biking and snowboarding, and he strives to integrate a community element into many of his pieces with the hopes of sharing and growing support for the recreations and environments he loves. We caught up with him to learn more about how he brings these elements together in his pen and ink drawings. Here’s what he had to say.

The Winter Wildlands Alliance releases trailer for the 13th annual Backcountry Film Festival

The 13th annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival is ramping up for its mid-November premier in Boise, Idaho, with over 100 tour stops planned internationally for winter 2017/18. Since the first festival in 2005, comprised of a one-film screening, things have evolved into a 90-minute show of films selected by Winter Wildlands Alliance staff members.

Skintrack Sketches: Painter Rachel Pohl talks balancing reality and the conceptual in the mountains

In the backcountry world, photographs often steal the limelight when it comes to artistic representations of winter. So, in an attempt to broaden our creative horizons, we’re speaking this fall with artists working in a wide spectrum of mediums about how they integrate their love for mountains into their art.

Photographer Jason Hummel wanders Washington’s temperate rainforest in search of glacier skiing

Mild spring weather opened up an opportunity for photographer Jason Hummel to check off a number of glaciers in the remote Glacier Peak region, as well as the Chilliwack Mountains that span the border between Canada and the U.S. Forging through temperate rainforest underbrush and unpredictable coastal weather, Hummel was able to tag another 20 glaciers in just one month.

Farmer’s Almanac predicts normal winter. Skiers don’t hold their breath.

Summer is winding down, daylight hours are waning, and the Old Farmer’s Almanac has released its 2018 winter-weather predictions.

Bonanza Flats conservation marks win for Wasatch Backcountry Alliance

“This was a true collective effort, and it could not have happened if the nonprofit community had not rallied around it. We are thrilled that this land will be kept open to the public so that people can ski, hike, bike and enjoy the beauty of Bonanza Flats rather than have it developed into more mega-mansions.”

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