Editor’s Note: For Kathy

At the bottom of the world, Adam Howard finds fellow Vermonter and Swiss Guide Hans Solmssen

Into “The Darkest White”: Eric Blehm Discusses His Latest Work, a Deep Dive on Craig Kelly

From slalom racing to splitboard guiding Craig Kelly shaped the sport of snowboarding. Now, roughly two decades since his death, Eric Blehm traces Kelly’s life from his first snowboard to the fatal avalanche that killed him.

Pachinko Slots: Gambling in the Japanese Alps

While skiers and riders flock to Hokkaido, Japan’s northern island, Betsy Manero takes a chance in the Japanese Alps.

Teleskier, Humanitarian Kasha Rigby Leaves a Legacy of Uplifting Others

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, the world lost beloved, legendary ski mountaineer Kasha Rigby. But her impact extended far beyond the mountains.

Kasha Rigby Dies in Avalanche in Kosovo

The legendary skier and mountaineer is thought to be the only fatality in the slide at the Ski Center in Brezovica on Tuesday. This is a developing story, stay tuned for updates.


Being a mountain guide in Chamonix, France can be as romantic as it sounds, but it’s also hard on the mind and taxing on the body. And romance and fatigue usually don’t go together. So what if your lover is also a guide? Maybe your business partner, too? Meet Miles and Elizabeth Smart. They can get you into some of the hairiest places on the planet. And they share socks.

Staying Safe: Human Factors and Avalanche Education

From a dry December into a hazardous January, Hallie Benton explores local efforts and recent studies promoting avalanche education.

Atmospheric Flow

Gabrielle Antonioli first thought she wanted to be a doctor. But a sharp left turn put her on a different track: avalanche forecasting. Today, she’s working for Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center.

Resources: Crevasse Rescue

Our Mountain Skills article from Issue 156 lays out the basics of crevasse rescue. This page offers supplemental resources.

Backcountry Basecamp 2024

The 11th annual Backcountry BASECAMP tour, presented by Scott Sports and Flylow, brings the beta published in every issue of Backcountry Magazine to resorts across the U.S. From the Northeast to the Tetons, the Wasatch to the Rockies, Backcountry Magazine joins local guides, forecasters and avalanche instructors for a series of pop-up festivals featuring gear demos, avalanche education, guided tours and a huge raffle benefiting a local nonprofit.