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Nat Segal gets a lesson in Pacific Winter extremes

Freeskier Nat Segal of Melbourne, Australia is no stranger to the inconsistent winters that her home island and its southern neighbor, New Zealand experience. But her passion for adventure is constant motivation for her exploration of the southern Pacific’s wild mountains. In search of that perfect weather window when new snow and cool temps line up for a perfect powder day, she set out in the Southern Hemisphere’s winter 2016—flying from Melbourne to Christchurch—to see what the south island had in store. Here, she writes about her journey.

Skintrack Sketches: Evan Chismark pens a vision of community, environment and stoke

This week in Skintrack Sketches, we take a look at the artwork of 39-year-old Vermont-based artist Evan Chismark, who has been documenting his surroundings since before he can remember. His work is often a depiction of the natural haunts he visits while mountain biking and snowboarding, and he strives to integrate a community element into many of his pieces with the hopes of sharing and growing support for the recreations and environments he loves. We caught up with him to learn more about how he brings these elements together in his pen and ink drawings. Here’s what he had to say.

2018 Testers’ Choice: Matteo Campbell’s picks

“I’m typically looking to get up to get down—I don’t mind the extra suffering on the way up at all. Usually i’m not out for a long enough trek that the weight is an issue, and I kinda like the added workout.”

The Winter Wildlands Alliance releases trailer for the 13th annual Backcountry Film Festival

The 13th annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival is ramping up for its mid-November premier in Boise, Idaho, with over 100 tour stops planned internationally for winter 2017/18. Since the first festival in 2005, comprised of a one-film screening, things have evolved into a 90-minute show of films selected by Winter Wildlands Alliance staff members.

Skintrack Sketches: Painter Rachel Pohl talks balancing reality and the conceptual in the mountains

In the backcountry world, photographs often steal the limelight when it comes to artistic representations of winter. So, in an attempt to broaden our creative horizons, we’re speaking this fall with artists working in a wide spectrum of mediums about how they integrate their love for mountains into their art.

Photographer Jason Hummel wanders Washington’s temperate rainforest in search of glacier skiing

Mild spring weather opened up an opportunity for photographer Jason Hummel to check off a number of glaciers in the remote Glacier Peak region, as well as the Chilliwack Mountains that span the border between Canada and the U.S. Forging through temperate rainforest underbrush and unpredictable coastal weather, Hummel was able to tag another 20 glaciers in just one month.

Farmer’s Almanac predicts normal winter. Skiers don’t hold their breath.

Summer is winding down, daylight hours are waning, and the Old Farmer’s Almanac has released its 2018 winter-weather predictions.

A Washington-based group dreams of creating a hut system. But will bureaucracy get the best of them?

Springtime in Wenatchee, Washington is a blaze of white. The town, considered the apple capital of the world, sits an hour southeast of Stevens Pass on Highway 2. In April, the drive is a blur of blossoms. But now that I’m up a little higher—sitting next to a woodstove recently lit for the first time […]

Photographer Adam Clark tracks the sun

Salt Lake City’s Adam Clark knows that it pays to be patient, even if it takes two weeks to learn how the sun tracks across a certain slope so that he knows his subject will swoop in at the exact right moment.

At Hudson Bay Mountain, off-the-grid cabins offer a fast track to the Smithers Backcountry

Comprised of four dominant peaks and cradling two large glaciers, Hudson Bay Mountain is monolithic against the Smithers skyline. The northernmost peak is the tallest, offering 1,200 meters of vertical relief from summit to valley. The mountain got its name from the Hudson’s Bay Company that oversaw many railways and ports across Canada in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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