Forecasting the Future

Eduardo Gonzalez, 46, is an avalanche forecaster for Pyrenees Heliski, based in the town of Vielha, population 4,000 and the capital of Val d’Aran. Gonzalez’s interest in forecasting began during a five-year freeskiing stint in British Columbia in the early 2000s—in 2006 he was caught in a slide in Whistler, B.C., triggering his decision to better understand the risks and dangers surrounding snowpack.

Life on High with Roc Sagrista

Roc Sagrista, 29, is a splitboarder, climber and hutkeeper for Refugi d’Amitges, a lodge that sleeps 74 in Parc Nacional d’Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici. The hut, situated at 7,759 feet and tucked within the Catalan region of the Pyrenees, has served as an entryway into the mountain range since its construction in 1966. […]

Summer Storage: What To Do With Your Skis and Boots

Spring is here. And in many places, so is full-on summer. But even though the snow is gone, that doesn’t mean skis and boots can be tossed aside until next season. Without any of that pesky white stuff to distract you, now’s the perfect time to properly clean, wax and store skis and boots, so they’ll be […]

Summer Storage: What to do with your jacket, pants and puffy in the off season

Winter is winding down, leaving a slew of winter gear to contend with in your closet, basement or car trunk. And while it may be easier to just shove your puffy and beacon into the depths of your closet and call it a winter, there are a few easy and quick steps to improve your gear’s longevity and ensure it’s as ready as you are once the flakes start flying again. Here’s how to treat your apparel with the respect it deserves.

Craig Gordon: The Know-Before-You-Go Guy

“I saw [KBYG] as a long-term thing,” Gordon says. “Sometimes, if I’m at a grocery store or a summer concert, someone now in their late 20s, early 30s will be like, ‘Hey, dude. I went to your KBYG presentation. Now my kid tells me that they went to it, too.’”

Margaret Wheeler: America’s Second Female IFMGA Guide

As of 2016, women accounted for roughly 11 percent of those certified through the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). It’s a strikingly small percentage, but one that, through the efforts of Margaret Wheeler, is showing promise of an uptick.

Ed & Dolores LaChapelle: Prolific Authors and Avalanche Avant-Garde

As Ed delved into a life deep in snow science and innovation, Dolores, a lifelong mountaineer, forged ahead in her own right. She’d grown up in Denver, had stood atop all of Colorado’s 14,000-foot summits by age 20 and had joined Ed in Davos, Switzerland before the pair had settled in Alta. There, she’d claimed the first descent of Baldy Chute in 1956.

Betsy Armstrong reflects on deep research and deeper turns

From Washington’s Mt. Olympus to the Himalaya, Betsy Armstrong has centered her life around research—whether on avalanches, snow safety or publishing. After an early start in glacier research with snow scientist Ed LaChapelle, Armstrong went on to work with the University of Colorado’s San Juan Avalanche Project, forecast avalanches with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, teach at Colorado’s Silverton Avalanche School and the American Avalanche Institute and help create The Avalanche Review.

ACMG guide Jasmin Caton navigates guiding, running a lodge and motherhood

The fact that I am responsible for the safety of my guests is something I take very seriously. I manage the risks by repeatedly checking in with my brain, my environment, my coworkers, my guests and my gut. I am big on creating good habits, little things I do daily that might decrease risk a hair here, a bit there. I guide in terrain that is really familiar to me, which can be helpful but can also breed a sense of complacency, so I am constantly guarding against this.

New Heights: Scarpa enters a new orbit with their Alien RS

Last year, Scarpa took that tried-and-tested Alien and reformed it for improved downhill capacity with the Alien RS. It retains many of the original Alien’s touring-focused attributes, including a scant weight of 3.9 lbs.—making it the lightest boot at our 2019 Gear Test Week. But other updates mean it can better handle descents and mid-fat skis.

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