2022 Tester Profile: Hayden Gardner

Rookie tester Hayden Gardner tried splitboards everywhere from his home range, Utah’s Wasatch, to Valdez, Alaska. He’s looking for a board that can handle all conditions.

2022 Tester Profile: Hannah Van Wetter

Hannah Van Wetter likes breakfast sandwiches, big lines and long days on the skintrack. She also likes a ski with enough underfoot to make the descent a good time.

2022 Editors’ Choice: Ski Bindings & Accessories

Our testers were choosier when it came to bindings, skis and poles than when it came to skis, but if you’re following their advice, that might make your life easier.

2022 Tester Profile: Darrin MacLeod

The MacLeods are Gear Test Week staples. With seven years of experience under their belts, they kept the spirit of our Utah test alive, even though they were in their home mountains in Vermont.

2022 Tester Profile: Whitney Gilliam

Meet Whitney Gilliam, our tester from Crested Butte, Colorado, who lives for multi-day traverses but won’t say not to pow shots, either.

2022 Editors’ Choice: Freeride Skis

There’s a time and place for skimo gear, and there’s a time and place for fat, freeride skis that handle drops, steeps and deeps like a champ. Our testers found several pairs they liked in the latter category.

2022 Editors’ Choice: AT boots

Boots can be the difference between a great day in the mountains and a miserable one. Our testers narrowed down the ever-expanding world of AT boots to just six pairs to help you decide.

2022 Editors’ Choice: All-Mountain Skis

One ski to rule them all. These Editors’ Choice picks might not quite fit the bill of being the One Ski, but our testers said they’re solid for those looking for skis that do a bit of everything.

2022 Editors’ Choice: Lightweight Skis

From the 2022 Editors’ Choice picks, a few lighter options skis rose to the top. These are the kind of skis you can bang out laps on the skintrack and have fun on the descent, provided it’s not too deep.

Backcountry Magazine Launches French-Language Edition. In France.

Backcountry Magazine is proud to announce its recent partnership with longtime French snowsports journalist Mathieu Ros Medina to bring the 2022 Gear Guide to the French audience. Collaboration will feature Backcountry Magazine’s renowned Editors’ Choice Gear Selects, plus original material in French.

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