Tag Archive: Backcountry

Aug 04 2015

It’s about the Tour, NOT the Turn

It didn’t take long to figure out that turns taste sweeter when you earn them. After all, the more you pay for something the better it is supposed to be, even if you have to trick yourself into believing that to justify the cost difference. On the whole though, a product cannot sustain a higher …

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Dec 02 2014

Sugar Bowl – Tahoe’s BC Resort

Mt. Lincoln presents many levels of ski terrain, extremely steep to mellow cruising.

  Lake Tahoe offers some amazing choices when it comes to ski resorts. A total of 15 resorts are sprinkled around the lake, with a huge variety of terrain and amenities, from Squaw Valley’s Olympic caliber steeps, Homewoods unparalleled view of Tahoe’s deepest blue depths on her western shore, Heavenly’s night life to Soda Springs …

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Oct 29 2014

Backcountry Mag celebrates 20 years

Backcountry is 20 years old.

  Get it while you can because this issue will be a collectors item. Yeah, I’m talking ’bout my former competitor, Backcountry Magazine. They made the grade and lasted 20 years. What’s more, they’ve been following the mantra of a good backcountry soldier by just steadily chipping away and making their mag better with each …

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Aug 03 2014

Sierra Club to add Ward Hut near Truckee

The area under consideration for Ward Hut.

  The last time the USFS and the Sierra Club agreed to allow man’s footprint to become established far from the road in California was in 1993. At that time the 35-year-old Bradley Hut was being removed because Congress created the Granite Chief Wilderness area and the hut was inside the new boundary. Never mind …

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May 26 2014

Technique: Stealth glading & construction

Joe Bob's semi-portable summit bench/shelter.

  Let’s just call him Joe, for the sake of obscurity. Joseph Robertson if you must know his full name. Friends call him Joe Bob for short. He’s a trouble maker from way back. One time he managed to rally over a 100 snowboarders to the top of some peaklet in the Cascades and the …

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Apr 15 2014

BCM’s Gear Test: A Family Affair

One of the many test posse's headed out to "test" skis.

Beer – it’s not just for breakfast anymore. When you read the dispatches from the Backcountry Mag crew on the status of their annual Gear Test week at Powder Mountain resort you can’t help but think what a party scene the whole affair is. Indeed, a festive atmosphere does dominate the whole scene. How could …

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Apr 14 2014

Testing AT boots at Mt. Bachelor w/ABB

The BC boot test team - Bob Egeland and Dostie at Mt. Bachelor, OR.

  The annual ski boot test run by America’s Best Bootfitters for Ski and Skiing magazines was held last week at Mt. Bachelor. Conditions were classic spring with creamy corn conditions on all aspects allowing testers, a hodge-podge group of boot fitters, friends of fitters, and manufacturers, to put their feet inside more than 100 …

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