Category Archives: Backcountry

The Ymir Mountain backcountry near Whitewater. (file photo: Green slash)

Search Underway for Missing Skier Near Whitewater

Nelson (BC), Canada – Authorities have spent today searching the area near Whitewater Ski Area in British Columbia for a missing skier. Edward Perello, 47, of Ymir went backcountry skiing near Whitewater on Monday morning and never returned home. He wasn’t reported missing until late Tuesday, when Perello’s car was found parked near the ski […]

The site of Saturday's fatal avalanche in Alaska's Rainbow Mountains that killed a 35-year-old backcountry skier. (image: Google)

Backcountry Skier Dies in Alaska Avalanche

Rainbow Mountains, AK – One  backcountry skier survived and another died in an avalanche near the Richardson Highway in Alaska’s Rainbow Mountains southeast of Fairbanks on Saturday, the Alaska State Troopers report. A Troopers dispatch indicates that the avalanche was reported at around 6:21 p.m. on Saturday to their unit in Fairbanks. Michael Hopper, 63, of Fairbanks was […]

(photo: Backcountry Film Festival)

Backcountry Film Festival Tours the World

Boise, ID – After premiering over the weekend in Boise, the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival is now celebrating its 10th Anniversary by touring the world with more than 100 screenings of nine unique films aimed to inspire winter adventurers to seek the snow less traveled. The Backcountry Film Festival is known for its mix of professional and […]

Bear Creek (photo: Telluride Mountain Club)

Gates Once Again Allow Access to Telluride’s Bear Creek

Telluride, CO – After removing the gates in 2010 in response to landowner complaints, the U.S. Forest Service has quietly reintroduced access gates leading from Telluride Ski Area into the neighboring Bear Creek drainage. U.S. Forest Service officials determined that it’s better to be able to control the access into Bear Creek, a popular sidecountry […]