Backcountry

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 >>
Elephanthead Mountain, Montana Ski Touring
Turiano, Thomas
Winter on Elephanthead. Read more >>
Mount Blackmore, Bozeman backcountry
Berreth, Mark
Surviving a Blackmore slide. Read more >>
Carving, skiing Montana, Spring Outside Bozeman 2015
Mike England
To stretch the ski season even further—and enjoy an inimitable skiing experience “at the top of the world”—fill up the tank and head east to the Beartooth Pass. Read more >>
spring skiing bozeman, emigrant peak montana, outside bozeman
Edwards, Becky
From Iowa to Emigrant Peak.  Read more >>
Spring Corn, Backcountry Skiing, Bozeman, Monrtana
Chabot, Doug
For sweet spring corn. Read more >>
Photo by Ryan Krueger
England, Mike
Reasons to earn your turns this spring Read more >>
Review: Ridge Merino Aspect
David Tucker
Finally, a baselayer brand has figured it out: no interior tags on skin-tight clothing. Read more >>
Review: MSR Dynalock Explore
David Tucker
MSR has branched out into the pole market and their Dynalock Explore model is a burly three-piece number with winte Read more >>
Review: Scarpa Maestrale RS
David Tucker
If you’re looking to upgrade your ski-touring boot, look no further than the Maestrale RS from Scarpa. Read more >>
The M Trail, Bozeman, Skiing, Montana
Ann Vinciguerra
Skiing the M. Some ski descents are desirable because they’re great lines. Other objectives are appealing because they are so seldom in. And some things you ski because they’re right there. Skiing Bozeman’s M is a combination of all three. Read more >>
the editors
A deep early-season snowpack entices locals to the slopes of Bridger Bowl. There they find steeps full of powder stashes and meadows covered in cold smoke.   Read more >>
Spring skiing, Backcountry Skiing, Montana
David Tucker
Warmer-weather touring gear.  Read more >>
Review: Blackout Quick Connect
Drew Pogge
Snowmobiles can make accessing distant ski lines easier, but the logistics are never easy. Sleds get stuck, blow up, and are generally a giant pain in the ass—and that goes for strapping your skis to the machine as well. Read more >>
Yellowstone Ski-touring, Fawn Pass
Krueger, Ryan
Up & over Fawn Pass.Wolves. Read more >>
Stone Glacier Avail 2200 Pack
England, Mike
These days, versatility is the name of the outdoor-gear game, and Bozeman-based Stone Glacier has nailed it with their new pack, the Avail 2200 Read more >>
Stio Environ Bib
Pogge, Drew
I have a heck of a time with ski pants. Since I put a lot of days in, durability is a huge factor, but since I ski primarily in the backcountry, so are weight, venting, and range of motion. Last year, I went through three pairs (two succumbed to ripped crotches and one to a gash in the thigh). Read more >>
Patagonia Powslayer Bibs, Montana Backcountry Skiing
McCarthy, Chris
When you spend a lot of time outdoors in the elements, protection is key, but functionality is equally important. With that in mind, I went looking for a workhorse ski pant and landed on the PowSlayer Bibs from Patagonia. Read more >>
Ryan Krueger
The forest, once too thick to ski through, had thinned and opened itself up, granting us the opportunity to explore its altered terrain. Read more >>
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