Category: Backcountry

Utah’s backcountry ski community mourns Douglas Green

Gobblers Avalanche 2 (640x480)

Utah saw its first 2016 avalanche fatality on Thursday, January 21st, when 49-year-old Douglas Green perished in a slide on Gobblers Knob. According to the Utah Avalanche Center, Green was skiing with another skier on a south-facing run called White…

A Canuck in the Wasatch backcountry

Mason Diedrich (front) and Brad Steele (rear) skin above the Beartrap Aspens in Big Cottonwood Canyon. (Photo: Jared Hargrave - UtahOutside.com)

One of the most gratifying aspects of backcountry skiing in the Wasatch besides actually skiing, is showing off the awesome terrain and snow to people from out of town. It’s even sweeter when a visitor comes away with a full…

New Voilé skis for 2016 at Winter Outdoor Retailer

The Voile Objective Skis

Voilé always has new skis to show off at Outdoor Retailer, and 2016 is no exception. You can bet whatever they churn out from their factory here in Salt Lake will win the company some more Editor’s Choice awards from…

Backcountry BASECAMP kicks off at Solitude

Backcountry bros at the 2015 Backcountry BASECAMP at Smugglers Notch, Vermont. (Photo: Tyler Cohen, Backcountry Magazine)

Backcountry Magazine is traveling around to North American resorts as part of their Backcountry BASECAMP 2016 Tour, and Solitude Mountain Resort is where the fun begins. From Saturday, January 16 through Monday, January 18, the editors of Backcountry Magazine, along…

New skis from DPS at Outdoor Retailer 2016 Winter Market

The DPS Foundation Line of skis at Outdoor Retailer 2016 Winter Market. Note the ski on the left showing off the construction. (Photo: Jared Hargrave - UtahOutside.com)

Salt Lake City’s own DPS Skis has a whole new construction coming out for the 2016/17 season – Foundation. The Foundation skis were the highlight of the DPS booth at the 2016 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market. According to DPS, Foundation…

Arva introduces new airbag pack system at Outdoor Retailer

The Arva Reactor System airbag pack fully deployed at Outdoor Retailer 2016 Winter All Mountain Demo. This is the very first deployment of the Arva system in North America. (Photo: Jared Hargrave - UtahOutside.com)

Arva, well known for their avalanche beacons, has just entered the airbag pack market. They unveiled the new Reactor System line of packs at the 2016 Outdoor Retailer Winter All Mountain Demo. I got an in-person demonstration, which I later…

A backcountry skiing search for pow on Millvue Peak

Adam Symonds gets a piece of untracked on Millvue Peak in Lambs Canyon. (Photo: Jared Hargrave - UtahOutside.com)

After a massive snowstorm that dumped 5 feet of powder in the Wasatch on Christmas week of 2015, hordes of backcountry skiers tracked everything out that was low angle and safe. (High avalanche danger kept the smart ones off open…

5 favorite backcountry ski routes in Little Cottonwood Canyon

Sean Zimmerman-Wall point it in Lake Chute on Lake Peak in White Pine Fork, Little Cottonwood Canyon. (Photo: Jared Hargrave - UtahOutside.com)

Utah’s Central Wasatch is often referred to as “Wasangeles.” Traffic jams in skin tracks, fighting for freshies, and even competing against guided skiers shuttled up to mountaintops by helicopter are all par-for-the-course here. This is especially true in Little Cottonwood…