An Ode to the Old

It’s easy to forget, even among our single-use-plastic-shunning, bike-commuting, recycling, backcountry-skiing selves, that everything about ski gear is resource intensive.

Shaped by Snow: One Woman’s reflections on climate change, skiing and alpine habitats

I was drawn to Shaped by Snow, by author Ayja Bounous, who has followed the most important rule of science communication: connect with the reader through what they care about. In her book, she shares her own outdoor experiences while describing the very real threats to mountain ecosystems from climate change.

The New Normal

It’s 8:30 a.m. on a cold February morning, and we’ve been on the move for roughly two hours. I’ve sweated through my baselayer, and small crystals of ice are beginning to form on the cuffs of my sleeves. That’s not good.

Skintrack Sketches: Artist Jill Pelto documents climate change through watercolor

Artist Jill Pelto loves the natural sciences. From a young age, she worked with her glaciologist father Mauri Pelto in the field while growing up in Worchester, Mass. Pelto got her B.A. in studio art and earth science and went on to graduate from the University of Maine with a Masters of Science in 2018.

Skintrack Sketches: Travis Parr on remaining rooted while pushing his artistic boundaries

For Icelantic Skis’ co-founder and artistic director Travis Parr, the future of his brand lies in its past. Since 2003, Parr has been pushing the boundaries of Icelantic’s topsheet design and ski-related art through lively graphics influenced by his love of world history, exploration and the connection between humans and the environment.

Watch Utah locals log summer turns down Little Cottonwood Canyon’s Suicide Chute

On July 10, photographer Steve Lloyd and snowboarder Justin Morgan decided to take advantage of the unseasonably thick snowpack in the Utah’s Wasatch Mountains and tag one of the more aesthetic lines Little Cottonwood Canyon has to offer, Mt. Superior’s alluring Suicide Chute.

Tico Gangulee tags first ascent and descent of Pakistan’s Chashkin I

IFMGA guide Tico Gangulee, 41, is a life-long devotee of high alpine pursuits. He began rock climbing as a kid in New York’s Shawangunk Mountains (the Gunks) near his home in New York.

Skintrack Sketches: Skiing, art and loss through the eyes of Sandra Fransson

Hailing from the town of Lulela in Swedish Lapland, Sandra Fransson has been shaped by mountains. From ski instructing in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains to chasing winter in the Australian Alps and painting summits and slopes across the globe, she’s chased winter for work and pleasure.

Lighten the Load: Fours Skis To Go Farther, Faster

While staying afloat in winter’s deep snow requires a wide and sometimes heavy ride, spring—and summer—turns bring about a different list of requirements. For longer tours and steeper objectives that are more attainable in warmer weather, consider a ski that will work with—not against—you to go the distance. That means trading out powder-specific attributes for […]

Summer Stashes: Lance Riek tags solstice powder in the Gallatin Range

From Fourth of July corn harvesting in the Northeast to mid-summer snowstorms that closed mountain passes across the West, there’s been plenty of opportunities for turns well into June and July.

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