Fine tuned and dialed in: Off-season prep for the upcoming winter

It’s only midsummer, but the powder dreams are settling in each night. As the days grow shorter, trailers for new ski movies debut and you’re in the thick of researching next year’s gear, it’s also time to ask yourself how best to keep your skills sharp in preparation for the upcoming winter. Here are a few things to do during the warmer months to plan for the coming winter.

Skintrack Sketches: Artist Lindsay Dew counts on memory to create mountainscapes

For Nelson, B.C. resident Lindsay Dew, art is more than a full-time job. When she’s not working as an art therapist or serving on the Nelson District Arts Council’s board of directors, Dew is in her studio creating mountainscapes of her own. Instead of working from photos, Dew uses her memory of past mountain experiences as her main inspiration.

Sparking Change: How a Montana-based company is looking to solar for their manufacturing needs

Bozeman-based splitboard company Spark R&D takes pride in their soup-to-nuts production, making all of their bindings in house since their 2006 founding. And in an effort to reduce the company’s footprint and manage even more of their manufacturing needs, Spark R&D is now entering into the world of renewable energy so they can source their power in-house, too.

Skintrack Sketches: Vermont artist Jess Graham speaks to her love of lines in painting and snowboarding

Jess Graham looks to mountain biking and snowboarding to inspire her artwork – both as a graphic designer for Alchemist Brewing in Stowe, Vermont and in her home studio. Whether she’s embarking on powder or dirt missions or applying her creativity through acrylic paints and sketching, Graham is always thinking about her lines.

Backcountry welcomes Mountain Flyer, The Mountain Bike Journal

The publishers of Backcountry Magazine recently acquired Gunnison, Colorado-based Mountain Flyer, The Mountain Bike Journal. If you love Backcountry and also ride, Mountain Flyer is your quarterly journal of record for the sport. Through gripping storytelling and crisp, clean design, and showcasing photography only available on the printed page, Mountain Flyer celebrates the riders, racers, […]

Marker announces recall of 2017/18 Kingpin 10 and 13 models

Marker is replacing all affected binding toes at no cost to the consumer.

Andrzej Bargiel makes history with first ski descent of K2

On Sunday, July 22, Polish ski mountaineer Andrzej Bargiel became the first person in history to climb and ski the Himalayan behemoth K2 (28,251 feet), located on the China/Pakistan border in the Karakoram Range.

Beyond the Gates: How the BRASS Foundation is teaching racers avy safety

How, in the wake of two U.S. Ski Team development-athletes’ deaths, snow-safety organization BRASS is educating the U.S.’s youth racers.

Understanding Beartooth Highway: Conversations on springtime-user conflict along the Montana/Wyoming border

It was Memorial Day weekend. 2018, but the road barricade still blocked Highway 212 just past the Montana/Wyoming state line. The Beartooth Highway, one of the highest paved roads in the country, was my access point to the spring skiing that still existed above 10,000 feet.

Skintrack Sketches: Artist Emma Longcope paints the public lands she protects by day

Colorado-based artist Emma Longcope, 25, sees art and journaling as a way to slow down and better appreciate her surroundings on the skintrack. And although she considers her art a hobby, Longcope works to bring her artistic side to her day job as the content coordinator for the American Alpine Club by illustrating infographics and other nature-inspired materials.