Aspen’s Mountain Man: Lou Dawson

Lou Dawson’s name is synonymous with backcountry skiing. He’s known as a pioneer, historian and walking gear encyclopedia, between countless first descents—like Snowmass, South Maroon Peak and Capitol Peak, to name a few.

Kit DesLauriers talks the future of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge after October’s drilling-friendly Senate decision

On October 19, the U.S. Senate rejected a budget amendment that would have blocked a key panel from raising revenue via drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This area covers 19.64 million acres of land in Northern Alaska.

Adventure Not War: Veterans Return to Iraq to Ski and Heal

Last February, veteran Stacy Bare returned to Iraq for a different type of tour. Nearly 10 years after his deployment as a U.S. Army Captain, the director of Sierra Club Outdoors aimed to ski the country’s second-tallest peak, Mt. Halgurd (11,834 ft.) in Iraqi Kurdistan’s northern Arbil Province. And, along the way, he hoped it would offer something deeper.

Skintrack Sketches: Mimi Kvinge looks to balance authentic artistic identity and brand

Seattle, Wash. resident Mimi Kvinge, 28, believes that every day is an art class. Her expansive portfolio across a multitude of mediums showcases her natural talent and dedication to her craft. Kvinge epitomizes the ‘work hard, play hard’ lifestyle with pursuits in skiing, mountain biking and fishing.

The Little Machine: Eric Hjorleifson’s back in the shop, aiming to change high-performance AT-boot design

Once again, Hjorleifson is working to shift the AT boot conversation. Over the last four years, he, along with Fritz Barthel, boot engineer and inventor of the Low Tech Binding, has developed another evolution in boot equipment.

There’s Something About Jorge: Insight into Argentina’s Guiding World

I first met Jorge Kozulj in the lobby of a small hotel in Ushuaia, Argentina in 2009. We were gathered for an introductory guide meeting with Ice Axe Expeditions, discussing logistics for our ski cruise to Antarctica.

Backcountry Events Bulletin: November 2017

On the West Coast, snow it starting to fly, and early season skintracks have been set. In the East, despite unseasonably warm weather, skiers are preparing for what they hope to be a rapidly approaching winter.

More Than You Think: Six women tackle the East’s backcountry gems and stereotypes

A new three-part webisode series out this fall—directed by Sam Davies and produced by Burlington, Vt.’s Outdoor Gear Exchange—celebrates female empowerment to inspire women to look for bigger lines and expand their comfort zones.

Way Back Where: Horseback-accessed skiing in the Argentine Andes

After riding nearly 10 kilometers up the river valley, the horses thrash through belly-deep snowdrifts. The brushy lowlands give way to old-growth forest, and we transition to skis while Alfredo and the horses return to the estancia. We’ve ridden farther than expected, and after just an hour’s climb, a small cabin appears at the mouth of a clearing.

2018 Testers’ Choice: Marla Bailey’s Picks

“I look for gear that is light enough to not compromise how it handles the terrain and conditions, which is the sole purpose for skiing.”