Backcountry

Black Diamond Evac 7 Shovel review

The Black Diamond Evac 7 shovel transforms into a hoe, which makes it far more efficient for snow removal. (Photo: Jared Hargrave - UtahOutside.com)

Avalanche shovels are pretty utilitarian. You have a shovel blade, a telescoping handle and a grip. As long as your avalanche shovel is metal and not plastic, there’s nothing to see here… move along. Unless of course, that shovel is…

First Look: DPS Wailer 112RP2 Tour1 Skis

DPS is going crazy with the topsheets next season, as the Tour1 will have 2 colors! (Photo: Jared Hargrave - UtahOutside.com)

Big name, low weight. Salt Lake City’s DPS Skis are already known for their light weight sticks, which has made them a favorite for backcountry skiers. Well, next season, the company will release a new backcountry touring-specific version of the…

Learn Backcountry 101 at Brighton

Brighton is once again hosting a Backcountry 101 course for skiers and snowboarders who want to go beyond the resort boundary. (Image: Brighton Resort)

Ready to leave the resort boundaries and explore untracked slopes in Utah’s backcountry? Well you better get educated about avalanches first. One way to get started is by attending the Backcountry 101 course at Brighton. This course is geared toward…

Winter returns to the Wasatch!

Mason Diedrich frolicks in the long-awaited snow in Grizzly Gulch, Alta on December 14, 2014. (Photo: Jared Hargrave - UtahOutside.com)

Finally! After weeks of record-breaking warm temperatures for December in Utah, winter has arrived… again. With plummeting temperatures and 14 inches of new snow in upper Little Cottonwood Canyon, the skiing is exponentially better. With a fresh coat of fluffy…

Pre-season turns at Alta

Mount Superior and upper Little Cottonwood Canyon with a fresh coat of November snow. (Photo: Jared Hargrave - UtahOutside.com)

I wouldn’t exactly call them turns, but many powder-starved skiers flooded Alta over the weekend for a taste of winter before the 2014/15 ski season’s official start. With all uphill traffic at Alta closed as the resort prepares to open…