The Decision: How to Say Yes (or No) When It Counts

After all the planning, observing and communicating comes the moment of truth—when it’s time to decide what to ride.

The Talk: How to Communicate in the Backcountry

Creating clear communication starts with a good plan and ends with making informed group decisions. Here’s what it takes.

On Hold: Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Says No to Smuggs’-Stowe Connector

After plans for a proposed gondola between Smugglers’ Notch Resort and Stowe Mountain Resort were leaked to the public this summer, the contested project is now on hold due to opposition from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

The Scene: How To Observe Your Surroundings

While sometimes what you see on the ground lines up with the forecast, the backcountry is a constantly changing environment. Forecasters’ predictions don’t always come true, so it’s on you to confirm them in the field.

The Future of The Fifty: Cody Townsend Considers What’s Left to Accomplish

After completing 40 out of 50 of North America’s most iconic ski lines, Cody Townsend is rethinking how he wants to complete the final descents.

Advice for Girls: Breaking Barriers on the Slopes and Beyond

When Lani Bruntz was asked to be a part of the film Advice for Girls, she was hesitant to give up her limited free days to work on another project. But the mission to create space for women in the industry captivated her. With the world premiere this weekend, Bruntz shares what compelled her to say yes.

Backcountry Barn Bash 2023

Join Union Bank, Smugglers’ Notch Resort and the Cambridge Village Market for the 13th Annual Backcountry Magazine BARN BASH at the Cambridge Community Center on Saturday, November 5. Grab your ski and snowboard buddies for great live music and three amazing films by our friends at Teton Gravity Research and filmmaker, photographer (and Vermonter) Iz La Motte. Plus, a legendary raffle, beer from a local brewery and food from Brewster River Pub and Brewery.

Keely’s Camp for Girls: Winter Scholarships and Backcountry Offerings

World Cup ski racer Keely Kelleher never had female coaches growing up, but she hopes to change that for the next generation. This year, Keely’s Camp is offering two backcountry-focused camps and a pair of sponsorship opportunities for ski-focused programs.

Ski GPT: AspectAvy takes the guess work out of decision making

A new app compiles pages of snow, weather, terrain and avalanche data to assist users in planning safer backcountry tours.

The Pregame: How to Plan Tours

No matter your goals for the season, it all starts with a strong plan. Brush up on your backcountry skillset before the snow arrives.