Chugach avalanche kills Valdez, Alaska, heli-ski guide

Mike Hamilton, a guide with Valdez Heli-Ski Guides, died after being caught in an avalanche Monday and being swept down a steep face and over a cliff.

Gearbox: Five GPS Watches to Track Your Adventures

Whether you want a GPS watch to track your turns, monitor your heart rate or give you a heads up when the barometric pressure drops too quickly, you have lots of options these days. We’ve come a long way from the digital Casio being your companion on a tour, and our editors have compiled a list of their favorites to help find the watch that’s right for you.

Highlights from the 2023 Gear Test Week

The skis, splitboards and testers have all gone home, but we still have lots of work to do. With another Gear Test Week in the books, we’re taking a couple of hard-earned days off before jumping into the massive endeavor of turning hundreds of review forms into our annual Gear Guide. We have a lot of info to parse—after we sneak in a little remote testing in our home range, that is.

Out of the Office: The 2023 Backcountry Gear Test Week

Hello, and thank you for coming to our website! Our editors and staff are currently very busy corralling 60 testers, 154 pairs of skis, 50 splitboards and more around Powder Mountain, Utah. Needless to say, we probably won’t have time to share any news on our website this week. Interested in learning about how our Gear Test Week runs or hearing about the latest trends in backcountry equipment? Head to our Instagram account, where we’ll share daily insight into next year’s gear and more.

Skier Dies in Slide Near Colorado’s Buffalo Pass

Steamboat, Colorado, resident Andrew Hyde died after being caught in an avalanche in Routt County.

Avalanche kills solo snowboarder in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains

Devin Overton, a 29-year-old Colorado native, was killed Thursday in an avalanche in the San Juan Mountains. Guides from a heli-skiing operation found the solo snowboarder after flying near the debris pile.

Avalanche Kills Skier on West Slopes of Wyoming’s Teton Range

Wyoming reported its first skier avalanche fatality of the season Thursday when a man was caught, buried and killed on the western slope of the Teton Range. Authorities are withholding the name of the deceased until next of kin is notified.

Gearbox: Gloves and Mittens

Cold hands can turn a pleasant ski trip into a nightmare. Lucky for you, we reviewed gloves that will keep you hands the right temperature on the skintrack and on the worst storm days.

Skier dies in Grand Teton National Park

A skier died Sunday after falling in the Apocalypse Couloir on Prospectors Mountain in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.

Gearbox: Sunglasses

From high-pressure weather to over-cast storm cycles, these six sunglasses balance clear vision with stylish looks.