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Beartooth Publishing Maps Review

No backcountry adventure is complete without a detailed map for navigation. Without a map, you’d be lost. Typically, the most detailed maps available are USGS Quads with a 1:24,000 scale. While these maps are amazing resources, it’s not realistic to pick up every expensive quad map you’ll ever need. A single mission could require three […]

Patience Is A Virtue – Backyard Roots

Watch Patience Is A Virtue – Backyard Roots This is the first episode of three in the Backyard Roots series. Featuring ski mountaineers KT Miller and Beau Fredlund, this beautifully done video highlights skiing in and around Cooke City, Montana and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Patience Is A Virtue looks at the necessary patience to ski […]

The Notch on Koch, Koch Peak, Madison Range, MT

Skiing The Notch on Koch, Koch Peak, Montana Location: Notch Couloir, Koch Peak, Taylor-Hilgard Unit, Lee Metcalf Wilderness, Madison Range, Montana Trailhead: Upper Taylor Fork Trailhead – 7250 feet Distance: +/- 13 miles round trip...Show More Summary

6 Books Every Skier Should Read

There are people who ski and people who don’t. Skiing is a lifestyle choice. Countless people from all walks of life are drawn to the mountains like magnets. They devote their lives to sliding downhill. Whether they’re resort riders, backcountry bums, ski mountaineers, snow bunnies, or pro skiers, the goal is the same: to ski […]

Chamonix Couloir, Beartooth Mountains, MT

Skiing The Chamonix Couloir in the Beartooth Mountains Location: Chamonix Couloir, East Rosebud, Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Montana Trailhead: East Rosebud Trailhead – 6250 feet Distance: +/- 7 miles round trip Time: 8-12 hours Aspect:...Show More Summary

SNOTEL Data: The Current Western US Snowpack

We all know it’s been a warm winter with less snowfall than expected. If you’re a backcountry skier or ski mountaineer who’s still keen to go skiing, it’s interesting to take a look at the snow data for the western US compared to normal. Below is the Westwide SNOTEL Current Snow Water Equivalent % of Normal […]

It’s Time To Learn Proper Skin Track Etiquette

The path to your backcountry ski destination is a blank canvas of snow. The only real way to get to the epic lines, steep couloirs, and wide open powder faces of the backcountry is via the skin track. When you’re in the skin track, please be on your best behavior. When you spend hours of your day […]

The Sleeping Giant – Backyard Roots

The Beartooth Mountains of Montana are an incredible zone for backcountry skiing, ski mountaineering, climbing, hiking, and other activities. Here’s a very cool video by Beau Fredlund and KT Miller that takes a closer look ski mountaineering in this remote and relatively unknown zone – their backyard.  With some impressive shots of famous couloirs, massive […]

How To Set A Bootpack In The Backcountry

Whether you’re booting up a glacier in the Cascades, joining the herds on Teton Pass, crushing couloirs in the Beartooths, searching for summer snow on volcanoes in Chile, or hiking in bounds at Aspen Highlands, setting an efficient bootpack is a valuable skill to possess. Bootpacks in the backcountry ski world are one lane ascent […]

Black Diamond Raven Ultra Ice Axe Review

Black Diamond Raven Ultra Ice Axe Review Price: $109.95 Website: Black Diamond Sizes: 50cm, 55cm, 60cm Weight: 50cm – 348 grams / 12 ounces Rating: CEN-B Summary: The Black Diamond Raven Ultra Ice Axe is the ideal axe for ski mountaineering and light alpine climbing. This ultralight axe features a streamlined design in a durable, strong, and compact package. […]

Y Couloir, Black Mountain, Absaroka Range, MT

Skiing The Y Couloir on Black Mountain in the Absaroka Range Location: Y Couloir, Black Mountain, Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Montana Trailhead: Pine Creek Trailhead – 5640 feet Distance: +/- 14 miles round trip Time: 6-10 hours Aspect: N...Show More Summary

The God Of Skiing By Peter Kray Book Review

Book Review: The God Of Skiing By Peter Kray Yes, this is another review of The God of Skiing. And no, the book is not about Ullr. If you’re looking for a book to read, pick up a copy of Peter Kray’s The God of Skiing. It’s being touted as “The Greatest Ski Novel Of All […]

Ski Arpa Avalanche Control Work

Avalanche Control Work At Ski Arpa, Chile After a big storm at Ski Arpa in 2011, we went out to do avalanche control work.Without explosives, we roped up and found some very sensitive cornices. This video was captured while controlling some of the double black diamond terrain at Ski Arpa in a run called Las Cornisas. […]

Bolivian Face, Madison Range, MT

Skiing The Bolivian Face on Peak 10602 Location: Peak 10602, Spanish Peaks, Madison Range, Big Sky, MT Trailhead: Beehive Basin Trailhead – 7900 ft Distance: +/- 7.75 miles round trip Time: 4-5 hours Aspect: SE – E Top Elevation: 10602...Show More Summary

FlyLow Lab Coat 2.0 Ski Jacket Review

FlyLow Lab Coat 2.0 Jacket Review Price: $480 Website: FlyLow Weight: 795 grams Warranty: Practical Lifetime of Item Summary: Designed by backcountry skiers, this award winning, bombproof, technical jacket is the perfect companion for inbounds and backcountry pursuits where you need a lightweight, breathable, and waterproof jacket. Show More Summary

Peruvian Face, Madison Range, MT

Skiing The Peruvian Face on Peak 10602 in the Spanish Peaks Location: Peak 10602, Spanish Peaks, Madison Range, Big Sky, MT Trailhead: Beehive Basin Parking Area – 7900 ft Distance: +/- 8 miles round trip Time: 5 hours Aspect: E-NE Top...Show More Summary

4th Of July Couloir, Beehive Basin, MT

Skiing The 4th Of July Couloir in Beehive Basin Location: Beehive Basin, Spanish Peaks, Madison Range, Big Sky, MT Trailhead: Beehive Basin Parking Area – 7900 ft Distance: +/-  7 miles round trip Time: 4-5 hours Aspect:  SE Top Elevation: 10675 ft Vertical: 3250 ft USGS Maps: Lone Mountain, Gallatin Peak ________________________ Jeremy Wood and I have a tick list of […]

Buttcrack Chute, Middle Basin, Spanish Peaks, MT

Skiing The Buttcrack Chute in Middle Basin Location: Middle Basin, Spanish Peaks, Madison Range, Big Sky, MT Trailhead: Beehive Basin Parking Area – 7900 ft Distance: +/- 6.5 miles round trip Time: 4-5 hours Aspect:  East Top Elevation: 10240...Show More Summary

The Gem, Beehive Basin, Spanish Peaks, MT

Skiing The Gem in Beehive Basin, Madison Range, Montana Location: Beehive Basin, Big Sky, MT Trailhead: Beehive Basin Parking Area – 7900 ft Distance: +/- 4 miles round trip Time: 2 hours Top Elevation: 9375 ft Vertical: 1550 ft USGS Maps: Lone Mountain, Gallatin Peak ___________________________________________ After a non-stop March, I was long overdue to […]

Mammut PULSE Barryvox Avalanche Beacon Review

Mammut PULSE Barryvox Avalanche Beacon Review Price: $490 Website: Mammut Weight: 7.4 ounces / 210 grams Frequency: 457 kHz (International Standard) Batteries: 3 AAA – 200 hours Antennae: 3 Antennae – Digital and Analog Modes Range: 60 meters digital / 95 meters analog Warranty: 5 Years Summary: The Mammut PULSE Barryvox transceiver is a smart and sophisticated […]

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