The Road to Basecamp: AIARE, the Anthracites and Fresh Turns

The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) and Backcountry Magazine have been longtime partners. We caught up with Program Director Ben Pritchett and Operations Director Tom Murphy to talk Colorado snowpack, Backcountry Basecamp and catch a few turns in between. Headquartered in Gunnison, Colo. these guys are constantly assessing Colorado’s complex Continental snowpack. We got an up-close look at their home turf while skiing in the Anthracites, six miles outside of Crested Butte.

The Backcountry Basecamp, a nationwide, multi-resort tour brought to you by GORE-TEX, is heading to Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Colo. on March 15-16. Join the editors of Backcountry Magazine for a weekend of education, safety and the newest backcountry equipment and technical apparel. For more information and an event schedule visit

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