Backcountry skiing is not for everyone. It can involve long, hard climbs, nasty weather, bad conditions, and high risk. For the dedicated few who partake, the natural experience of earning one’s turns is more rewarding than a thousands laps at the resort. The risk associated with backcountry skiing is more often than not worth the reward if you know what you're doing.Fresh lines, steep turns, and no crowds in sight make all the effort worth it. Whether you've been doing it your whole life or are thinking about giving it a try, here are some insights, safety tips, and stories from local gully skiers.

Avalanche Safety, Avalanche Rescue, Bozeman
David Tucker
Preparing for the slide.  
Skiing Couples, Madison Range, Montana Backcountry
Cassidy Randall
Learning from a (way) better skier. 
Storm Castle, Mille Burn, Montana Skiing
Drew Pogge
Skiing the Millie burn.
Woody Ridge, Cooke City, Backcountry Skiing
Traute Parrie
Shared joy in the face of risk.
Ortovox 3+ Transceiver
Pogge, Drew
Digital three-antenna beacons with marking functions are the baseline standard in transceiver tech—and the Read more >>
Yellowstone Ski-touring, Fawn Pass
Krueger, Ryan
Up & over Fawn Pass.Wolves.
Spark R&D, Splitboarding Montana, Cooke City
Mike Harrelson
Spark R&D celebrates ten years.
Ski-touring Yellowstone, Cross-country Skiing Yellowstone
Orville Bach
A Yellowstone ski tour.
FlyLow IQ Pant Review
Tucker, David
Come winter, I wear my ski pants more than any other item of clothing. That means they need to be durable, they need to be comfortable, and they need to be functional. Read more >>
Osprey Kamber 22
Logelin, Michael
If you’re looking for a good Ridge-hiking pack that can also handle hitting the sidecountry, look no further than the Kamber 22 Read more >>
Bozeman Splitboarding, Spark R&D, Splitboard training
Valentin, Celine
Aerobic training for splitboarders.
Beartooth Backcountry Skiing
Babcock, Adam
Almost climbing Granite Peak.
Bell Lake Yurt Haute Route, Tobacco Roots Skiing
Peterson, Simon
A yurt-opian Tobacco Root traverse.
Krueger, Ryan
The forest, once too thick to ski through, had thinned and opened itself up, granting us the opportunity to explore its altered terrain. Standing on top of the ridgeline, we look down at the burn, toward the ruins and all of the subsequent hillsides that fell victim to the fire. Read more >>
Montana Backcountry Skiing, Ski Touring Montana
Tucker, David
Gear for the backcountry.
G3 Alpinist
Tucker, David
Nothing ruins a day in the backcountry like iffy skins. It can’t be “all about the uphill” if snow is piling up between your skis and your skins, your skins won’t stay attached to your tails, and you’re losing traction after an hour. Read more >>
Scarpa Freedom RS
Peterson, Simon
These boots are made for skiing, and that’s what I plan on doing in ‘em. Read more >>
Backcountry Skiing, Coyote, Montana
Pogge, Drew
When a coyote comes calling.He appeared to me near the river, alone in the cold, and stood watching as I skied closer. Mangy-looking thing, I thought. Read more >>
Patagonia SnowDrifter
Doar, Melissa
Finding the right pack for a tour into the Montana backcountry can be frustrating—until now. The Patagonia SnowDrifter20L makes a great sidekick for short excursions. This ultralight, water-repellent pack has a durable Cordura exterior. Read more >>
G3 Ion LT 12
Pogge, Drew
I'm a big fan of KISS (the acronym, not the band.) Keep It Simple, Stupid. And that's exactly what G3's latest tech binding, the ION LT 12, does. Read more >>
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