Backcountry Magazine welcomes Tom Hallberg as Associate Editor

Hallberg is the first splitboarder to hold a full-time editorial position since 2009. The former newspaper reporter is excited to bring a snowboarder’s perspective to the magazine.

Gearbox: Packing for Anything

Whether you’re planning a multi-day traverse or just looking to explore the lift-accessed backcountry, these six purpose-built packs will fill any niche you need on your next snow-sliding adventure.

Ski Mountaineer Dies in Crevasse Fall in Alaska’s Denali National Park

On Monday, May 3, 28-year-old Mason Stansfield of Ouray, Colorado, died while skiing the Eldridge Glacier in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Stansfield was an experienced ski mountaineering and a mountain guide who had worked on Denali before.

Gearbox: Five tools for touring on high

Spring mountaineering season has arrived to the high peaks, and these tools might be your ticket to ticking off your next big line.

Colorado Reports Twelfth Avalanche Fatality of the Season

A skier was killed Monday, March 22 in an avalanche outside of Colorado’s Beaver Creek Ski Area. According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC), the skier was traveling below tree line in an area known as the Sanctuary Chutes—a steep, northwest-facing chute—at approximately 10,500 feet when they triggered the avalanche around 3:00 p.m. This is the 12th fatality in Colorado this season and the 35th in the United States.

Renowned Snowboarder Luca Pandolfi Dies in Avalanche

Italian snowboarder Luca Pandolfi died in an avalanche on Wednesday, March 17. He was splitboarding in Italy’s Gran San Bernardo Valley, which is located in the Aosta Valley near the French boarder. Pandolfi is being celebrated and remembered as a freeride champion, guide and visionary splitboarder.

Pieps issues voluntary recall of DSP transceivers

Pieps has formally issued a voluntary recall of its DSP Pro, DSP Pro Ice and DSP Sport avalanche transceivers. The Voluntary Product Correction program was announced on March 3, 2021 for beacons distributed in Europe, Asia, the Pacific and South America. Details on a recall in North America are forthcoming.

Gearbox: Gloves and Mittens

Six pairs of gloves and mittens for everything from sunny skintracks to arctic descents.

In Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming Records Third Avalanche Fatality in a Week

Wyoming recorded its third avalanche fatality in a week yesterday, with the death of an individual in Grand Teton National Park in a line called the Broken Thumb Couloir. This fatality marks the 25th death in the U.S. in as many days. According to the Jackson Hole News & Guide, the Teton County Coroner identified […]

Wyoming reports second avalanche fatality in a week

A snowboarder was caught and buried in an avalanche on Wyoming’s Togwotee Pass on Thursday afternoon. He was flown to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. This is the second avalanche fatality in Wyoming this week and the 28th in the United States this season.