2022 Tester Profile: Chris Cloyd

As a fitness junkie who’s also an ace in the terrain park, Chris Cloyd wants a board that will take him far into the mountains and jib like a solid.

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: Jason Layh

Over his 12+ year tenure, Jason Layh has served as a ski tech, tester and now as our Tahoe test coordinator. He’s infamous for recording his thoughts on each piece of gear on his phone and listening back to the audio while writing his reviews. Needless to say, Jason is the pinnacle of tester pro status.

2022 Tester Profile: Marla “Cookie” Bailey

Marla “Cookie” Bailey has had a few perfect days in the mountains, but she’s still on the hunt for the perfect ski.

Op-Ed: Fighting for the backcountry and community identity as Grand Targhee proposes expansion

On the western side of the Tetons, some backcountry enthusiasts are decrying Grand Targhee Resort’s proposed expansion on the grounds that it would negatively impact skiers and encroach on prime wildlife habitat. Longtime contributor Howie Garber shares his thoughts on how new lifts would push out skiers.

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.

Mountain Skills: The “Hell yes, or no way” approach to terrain management

Heading into the winter is a good time for professionals and recreators to re-evaluate their decision-making tactics. At the Wyoming Snow and Avalanche Workshop last month, speakers considered whether the larger backcountry community assimilates too much danger in its daily practices.

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.

Out of the Woods: Social stigmas and mental health in mountain rescuers

Among backcountry users, trauma is rampant—but not just the physical kind. To address and help break social stigmas and to keep rescuers safe, hard-nosed professionals are starting to speak up about the mental trauma that’s ever present in the mountains.

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