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.

England, Mike
“If you get buried down there and die,” Kent asks, “what do you want inscribed on your tombstone?” Read more >>
Johnson, Terry
On a Friday morning in early February, 1971, George Claggett called up from Bozeman, just over the hill from where I lived in Ennis, to inform me that we were getting too fat from sitting behind our desks all winter and it was time to go on a trip. Read more >>
Krueger, Ryan
Guidebooks are like treasure maps to outdoor enthusiasts, promising rich adventures in previously unknown locations. Read more >>
Turiano, Thomas
With its blocky shape, truncated summit, and unique color, Sphinx Mountain has drawn more people climbers to its summit than any other major peak in the Madison Range. Read more >>
Krueger, Ryan
It’s springtime in southwest Montana, but for those willing to work for it, ski season isn’t even close to finished. We’ve handpicked a few of our favorite spring ski locations so that you to can enjoy what’s left from a long winter. Read more >>
England, Mike
The fracture line arced up and across the slope, traversing the ridgeline like a diagonal bolt of lightning. A chest-high crown appeared as the massive slab detached and moved downslope. Read more >>
Pogge, Drew
Three turns. That’s all we need. That’s the unwritten code of the early-season gully skier. To be honest, it’s not really much of a code—more of a goal. Read more >>
Kent Orms
Comfy digs and steep lines at the Bell Lake Yurt. Read more >>
Orem, Tina
Hypothermia, Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries: Prevention, Survival, Rescue, and Treatment (Second Edition)by Gordon G. Giesbrecht, Ph.D., and James A. Wilkerson, M.D.excerpt pages 125-126 Read more >>
Pape, Jay
I became hooked on backcountry skiing as an intern with Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center back in 1995. Since then, I have only ridden the lifts a handful of times each season. Read more >>
Fletcher, Kevin
Think for a moment about the last time you endured 60-mph wind gusts. Or the last time you post-holed up a 1,500-foot, 35-degree slope. Did you sweat like you were in a sauna even though the temperature was below freezing? Read more >>
Orms, R. Kent
It was a curious moment on the steep hillside. After miles of rhythmic skinning in the early light of dawn, the trail turned upward. Read more >>
Ripley, Leigh
Cooke City is nestled near the northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park and isolated from eastern access much of the year by the rugged Beartooth Mountains. Read more >>
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