Backcountry

Backcountry Report: Beartrap Fork

Adam Symonds finds fresh powder on north and west-facing slopes in Beartrap and Willow Forks on February 22, 2015. (Photo: Jared Hargrave - UtahOutside.com)

Winter finally returned to the Wasatch! With 13 inches falling over three days in the upper Cottonwood Canyons, myself, along with Mason Diedrich and Adam Symonds, skinned up Beartrap Fork in Big Cottonwood Canyon in hopes of fresh lines with…

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…