Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding

A backcountry skier looks down mountain as they carve corn snow on a spring day in Alaska.
Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding

Spring into Backcountry Skiing

For some, when ski areas start closing down in the spring it signals the end of the season, but backcountry users know that spring skiing can provide some of the

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Mike Coyle skis the backcountry in Scarpa Maestrale XT boots.
Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding

Scarpa Maestrale XT Review

I’ve owned nearly every iteration of the Scarpa Maestrale ski boot. I started skiing on the original Maestrale about 10 years ago. The way I like to describe the boot

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Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding

12 Pro Tips for Backcountry Travel

Our AIARE Level 1 avalanche training course is a great introduction to backcountry travel and avalanche risk mitigation. But it’s just that, an introduction. Heck, people have Ph.D.’s in snow

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Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding

How to Start Backcountry Skiing

Why Backcountry Skiing? Backcountry skiing and splitboarding has seen an explosion in growth over the past few years. And there’s a reason why many skiers and snowboarders are leaving the resort for

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SCARPA ski boot review from Colorado Mountain School guide Jake Gaventa
Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding

Guide Gear Review: SCARPA Ski Boots

Disclaimer: If you’re hunting for the number of grams or degrees of articulation in a SCARPA ski boot review, this article isn’t for you. If you care about how ski

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CMS guide Jason Maurer looks at the RMNP conditions in the Dream Chutes zone.
Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding

Reports From the Field: 1/10/18

Rocky Mountain National Park Conditions CMS Avalanche Course Leader and Guide Thomas White reports the field conditions from 1/09/2018 – 1/10/2018. The storm that moved into RMNP on Wednesday, January

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Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding

Berthoud Pass Field Report: 1/3/2018

Christmas week brought a series of nice gifts for backcountry travellers. Storms on the 21st, 23rd and Christmas day provided 30-36 inches of holiday wrapping. Unfortunately, subsequent winds tore through

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Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding

RMNP Field Report: 12/23/17

One of the student questions that comes up regularly in AIARE-1 courses is whether it’s safe to go into the backcountry on days when the avalanche danger is elevated. Saturday

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Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding

Field Report (November 22, 2017)

It’s important to know the history of the layered mountain snowpack if we want to understand the avalanche problems that threaten us and recognize the ever changing danger we face

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Rocky Mountain National Park Conditions Update November 11, 2017
Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding

RMNP Field Report: November 11, 2017

During October the Front range zone got snow from a series of small storms. However, as last week’s Election Day storm began moving across the Front Range most of the

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Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding

“Tech” Tips: Dynafit Tech Bindings

In 1984 Fritz Barthell patented the original frameless (tech) binding.  In the early 90’s Dynafit launched the Tourlite boot/binding combo revolutionizing the ski mountaineering industry and saving pounds off skiers’

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Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding

Guide Gear Review: Dynafit Denali

IFMGA Guide Mike Soucy has given these skis a thorough testing this season: New for me this year is a sub-100mm waist ski that I’ve toured on all winter long

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