Category Archives: Backcountry

Austrian Avalanche Kills Two

Obergurgl, Austria – An avalanche swept down a mountainside in the Ferwall Valley, not far from the Austrian ski resort of Obergurgl on Saturday, catching a group of eight Dutch snowboarders and killing two victims. The Dutch group was ascending on split boards when the large avalanche struck at an elevation of roughly 3,000 meters, breaking … Continue reading Austrian Avalanche Kills Two

Skiers Rescued on Mt. Washington

Bretton Woods, NH – A pair of skiers were rescued from Mt. Washington in New Hampshire on Sunday evening after their sole light source failed. The two men — Loudon Fruth, 25, of Huntsville, Utah, and Michael Nocek, 26, of Greenwich, Conn. — had climbed the west side of Mt. Washington to ski in Ammonoosuc Ravine on … Continue reading Skiers Rescued on Mt. Washington

Turning a Day in the Mountains into a Work of Art

Bozeman, MT – Most people have a hard time following one dream, but Rachel Pohl is following two. Only in her early 20s, she has already created a career by combining the two things she loves most—painting and backcountry skiing. During the winter months, Pohl spends her days trekking up and skiing down Montana’s snow-covered mountains, all the while searching … Continue reading Turning a Day in the Mountains into a Work of Art

Sharpen Your Avalanche Skills in Utah

Sandy, UT – Avalanche training is like first aid training – you only get good at it by practicing and continuing your education. Join the Utah Avalanche Center and other avalanche pros from around North America for the 9th annual Utah Snow and Avalanche Workshop (USAW) on Saturday, Nov 5 at the South Towne Expo Center … Continue reading Sharpen Your Avalanche Skills in Utah

Purgatory Owner Buys Snowcat Op

Durango, CO – Mere weeks after purchasing Hesperus ski area near Durango, Purgatory Resort owner James Coleman is adding Colorado’s largest snowcat skiing operator to further expand his winter resort portfolio. As managing partner of a group that owns Purgatory, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, N.M., Pajarito Ski Area, N.M., Arizona Snowbowl, Ariz., and Hesperus, Coleman is … Continue reading Purgatory Owner Buys Snowcat Op

Group Forms to Promote Backcountry Skiing in New England

North Conway, NH – In the wake of growing interest in backcountry skiing, the new nonprofit Granite Backcountry Alliance has formed to promote the sport in New Hampshire and Western Maine. The group intends to provide low-impact, human-powered backcountry skiing opportunities to the public. Granite BC will strive to be the unified voice of backcountry skiers to advocate for the … Continue reading Group Forms to Promote Backcountry Skiing in New England

How to Plan a Cat Skiing Trip

Salt Lake City, UT – If you want to ski untracked powder without any competition, and without shelling out for a helicopter or sweating on touring skis, cat skiing could be just what you’re looking for! This guide will walk you through everything you should consider when planning your trip. Snowcat skiing might seem an odd … Continue reading How to Plan a Cat Skiing Trip