Backcountry

Krueger, Ryan
Backcountry skiing is the best way to sample endless untracked powder—but when things get hairy, you can’t look to a ski patroller for help. People get hurt, break equipment, or get hypothermia, and without the right gear, the situation can escalate quickly. Read more >>
England, Mike
If you like the skiing around Cooke City in the wintertime, you’ll like it even more come spring, when backcountry enthusiasts from around the state converge on Cooke for the Sweet Corn Festival, a fun-filled weekend of skiing, snowmobiling, and general mountain-town revelry. Read more >>
Pogge, Drew
At the crest of Woody Ridge, the wind is howling. It’s the kind of wind that shears through Gore-Tex like muslin and isolates people behind their hoods and goggles. Even if we wanted to talk, our words would be spirited away before leaving our lips. Read more >>
Carl Beiderman
By the time spring skiing wraps up, my mind’s wires fray and spark like a busted robot; I can no longer tolerate the haunting nightmares of being eviscerated by a tree’s gnarled branches or suffocating in a white tomb. Read more >>
Allen, Tyler
October Chute on Hardscrabble Peak gets its name from its ideal northerly aspect that captures early snow and doesn’t release it until late the following summer. And a couple years ago, on October 25, it opened for business when a powerful snowstorm put an abrupt end to the Indian summer. Read more >>
Photo by Ryan Krueger
England, Mike
What is it about white lines? Those winding strings of pearl, sinuous rills weaving down mountainsides, carving and cascading through rock like storm clouds harnessed to a rolling boulder. Read more >>
Pogge, Drew
It was the loudest thing in my world at that moment. Soft brushing sounds resonated like long strokes on stiff canvas. The sound intensified as I opened my eyes and slid from shadow to light. Read more >>
Babcock, Adam
With soaring peaks that remain snow-capped much of the year, the Crazy Mountains have drawn me like a moth to flame since I arrived in southwest Montana six years ago. So when my friend Bob said he’d like to do a ski trip in the Crazies, I jumped on board. Read more >>
Barrett, Bradley
Super Bowl Sunday of 2011 was an unpredicted snow day, and I woke up to a ringing cell phone. It was a close friend looking for a ski partner. Before fully awakening, I’d left the house and was heading toward the northern Bridgers. Read more >>
Forbes, Sean
Snow fell late in the season last year. So in spite of the nearing arrival of spring with pleasant dreams of sunshine and warm rock, there were untouched fields of snow demanding attention. Read more >>
England, Mike
“If you get buried down there and die,” Kent asks, “what do you want inscribed on your tombstone?” 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 >>
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