Avalanche claims two Aspen, Colo.-based skiers while training for the Elk Mountains Grand Traverse

In an accident following the February 15 storm that dropped two feet of new snow on the Crested Butte, Colo. area, Aspen resident Owen Green, 27, and Carbondale resident Michael Goerne, 37, were killed in an avalanche in the East Brush Creek area dubbed Death Pass.

From Rogers to the Bugaboos

Nineteen seventy-three was my best year as a mountaineer. I climbed four north faces in the European Alps and narrowly missed the first ascent of a 25,000-foot summit in the Nepal Himalaya. But perhaps the most memorable experience of that year was an 80-mile ski traverse in May from Rogers Pass to the Bugaboos, across the glaciers and ice fields of the Selkirk and Purcell ranges.

Uncommon Thread: An ancient fiber weaves a new story of cozy durability

Wool has been the outdoor world’s go-to material for centuries because of its natural ability to stay warm when wet. But this old-timey thread has come a long way since the days of itchy knickers and sweaters worn out of a sense of duty to grandma.

How outliers in British Columbia’s Slocan Valley have carved livelihoods and turns in the remote Selkirk Mountains

It was the beginning of April, but my hopes for spring conditions were dashed as I watched snowflakes the size of half dollars fall from the British Columbian sky.

Higher Learning: The nuances of how, when, where and why to take a course

Two Marches back, as I stood on the edge of the frozen Bell Lake in Montana’s Tobacco Root Mountains, I knew I was exactly where I needed to be. Together with a half dozen no-longer-strangers, I pondered aloud the best route to safely ascend and later ski the face before us that stretched its rock-lined […]

Quick Pits Part II: How pits help with in-the-field decision-making

“Wait!” my partner said, as we readied to drop in for a second run. “Should we dig a quick pit?” It was mid-December, so digging was easy—the snowpack was only two feet deep. We decided, “Why not? Can’t hurt. Could help a little, maybe a lot. Let’s dig it.”

New Heights: Scarpa enters a new orbit with their Alien RS

Last year, Scarpa took that tried-and-tested Alien and reformed it for improved downhill capacity with the Alien RS. It retains many of the original Alien’s touring-focused attributes, including a scant weight of 3.9 lbs.—making it the lightest boot at our 2019 Gear Test Week. But other updates mean it can better handle descents and mid-fat skis.

Greg Hill: Revelstoke, B.C.’s high-powered skier passes it on

He’s pushed away from classic ski touring, and I think he was at the forefront of exploratory ski mountaineering in this area; he’s part of that newer generation. There have been people ski touring and doing traverses for a very long time, but, in some ways, he’s changed the way people in this area look at terrain. Greg was the person who started that new era of ski-mountaineering touring in Revelstoke.

Western avalanche death tally rises after two skier fatalities over holiday weekend

In another wave of accidents following multiple slide-related skier deaths in the Western U.S. earlier this month, two avalanches—one in Salt Lake City, Utah’s Electric Lake region on January 18 and another in Aspen, Colo.’s Castle Creek Valley region on January 21—have claimed the lives of two people.

Two skiers die after inbounds avalanche in Taos, New Mexico

An avalanche at Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico on Thursday, January 20 took the lives of two skiers. The accident occurred inbounds on Kachina Peak, terrain that had opened for the season earlier in the week. According to a statement issued by Taos Ski Valley, the avalanche took place shortly after 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, […]

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