Backcountry Magazine February 2015 – The People Issue

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From remote mountains to on-piste, uphill routes, the backcountry movement is full of characters. So for our February issue, we’re celebrating those who get out there and advocate, inspire and spice up the skintrack.

Starting the issue off, contributor Drew Pogge battles snow and the unknown to ski the unforgiving chutes in Montana’s seldom-traveled Beartooth Mountains. Meanwhile, Vermont’s Sugarbush Resort focuses on the newest generation of skimo adventurers with their Ski Mountaineers kids program.

And while it’s easy to get caught up in the allure of backcountry’s big names, we spin that around and focus on four people, all under 30, who are progressing the sport in their own unique ways: Caroline Gleich, Louie Dawson, Nina Hance and Lucas Merli. Then, Adam Howard profiles guiding couple Liz and Miles Smart, who balance their operation, Smart Mountain Guides, the late Doug Coombs’s Steep Camps and married life in Chamonix.

Lastly, don’t forget to grab a glass as we dial in the 2015 Beer Guide, complete with the best beer for the skintrack, parking lot and après scene. And after a careful taste test (or two…or three), we spill our favorites, too.




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