2019 Gear Test Week: An Instagram Retrospective

This year’s Gear Test Week has come to an end, and all 40 testers have hopped into planes, cars and a few dilapidated minivans to head home for the end of the season. At Backcountry Magazine, the work is just beginning for our team of editors who compile tester comments and reviews to create the 2019 Gear Guide, out this fall.

A week in review: 2019 Gear Test Week Photo Gallery

Last week, more than 40 testers flocked to Powder Mountain, Utah for 2019 Gear Test Week, spending five days on snow testing next year’s backcountry skis, splitboards, boots and bindings. Matt Kiedaisch, resident Gear Test Week photographer, documented each day, from caffeinated breakfasts to party-filled nights—and all the corn, corduroy and powder in between.

Character Closeups: Austin Johnson on Gear Test Week 2019

Each year at Gear Test Week, we incorporate some new faces into the testing mix for fresh takes on the latest gear. This year, Austin Johnson, a Carbondale, Colo. native, joined the ranks to ski powder, meet some new friends and drink a beer or two. We caught up with Johnson to hear his perspectives […]

Character Closeups: Jacob O’Connor on Gear Test Week 2019

A coating of fresh snow has graced the final days of Gear Test Week 2019 at Powder Mountain, so testers have been hitting the slopes hard to find their favorite gear for this coming winter. And part of what makes our test informative is the variety of ski and snowboard style our testers bring to […]

Ski Tester Quick Takes Day One: Gear Test Week 2019

Gear Test Week 2019 kicks off this week at Powder Mountain, Utah, with blue skies and toasty temperatures ringing in day one for our dedicated group of 50 ski and board testers. Their goal: find the latest and greatest skis, boards, boots and bindings for this coming season. To learn more about what’s on tap […]

The Trendsetter: How Diny Harrison, the first North American woman to earn an international mountain-guide certification, has forged her path

Diny Harrison’s list of accreditations is as deep as the British Columbia snowpack in which she guides. The first North American woman to become an internationally certified mountain guide, Harrison went from ski patrolling at Lake Louise Ski Resort to guiding for the likes of Canadian Mountain Holidays, Yamnuska Mountain School, Banff National Army Cadet […]

The Elusive Glen Poulsen: Traveling the world with a quiet skintrack crusher

The name Poulsen is well know in California’s Lake Tahoe area—in 1938, Wayne Poulsen bought land in the Squaw Valley area upon which he later developed a world-renowned ski area. Glen, Wayne’s son, grew up on the slopes with his family, but from a young age, he ventured deeper into the Eastern Sierra to see what the world beyond ski areas had to offer.

How Rod Newcomb influenced a generation of avalanche education

Through his career, Newcomb has influenced generations of students and guides, including Sarah Carpenter, who now owns AAI with her husband, Don, and business partner Don Sharaf. Here’s what Carpenter had to say about her long-time colleague and teaching inspiration.

Romancing the Skintrack: How to find (and keep) love in the backcountry

To further improve your moves on February 14, we’ve polled our field of experts—namely a crack team of editors and contributors—for their best advice on how to maintain a relationship in the mountains. Here’s what the romantics had to say.

Photographer Profile: Grant Gunderson on true locals and finding the sweet spot

In this week’s profile, photographer Grant Gunderson of Bellingham, Wash. talks about finding the ideal vantage point.