Vermont, Washington and Utah. Three states, out of 50, that are the most important, relevant and progressive backcountry skiing and riding regions in the U.S. Whether it's hush-hush glade cutting in Vermont, Seattle's place as America's best ski town, or the birth of the Dawn Patrol in the Wasatch, the story lines depicted in this issue reflect the places where the sport is growing fastest. Also inside, Canadian correspondent Ryan Stuart dodges dog shit near the Alaska-Yukon border, Sven Brunso and Grant Gunderson go deep into Japan's bc, and Sun Valley Trekking sees the silver lining in the ashes of Idaho's Beaver Creek Wildfire.
If you look at where backcountry is booming,
no one state is more important than any other.
Yet Vermont, Washington and Utah stand out
among all other mountain states for the way in
which their backcountry scenes have changed
over the last decade or so. To get an inside look at
Vermont, Washington and Utah and their changing
backcountry cultures, we went deep across state
lines and report back beginning on p. 65.
Dog Is My Copilot
In 2012, Iditarod musher Marcelle Fressineau and
French ski guide Claude Vallier brought together their
passions to offer one unique experience: backcountry
skiing by dog sled. Last April, photographer Ryan Creary
and Canadian correspondent Ryan Stuart traveled to a
remote region of the St. Elias Range on the Yukon-Alaska
border to combine a timeless transportation method
with a more familiar one. But, as Stuart found out, each of
his copilots have a penchant for speed and four lead feet.
Living on Vacation
A note from the managing editor.
State of the States
Vermont, Utah and Washington
by the numbers
Backyard backcountry, skintrack
stupidity and shredding
your way into your 60s
Fast trains, bottomless
blower and solitude in the
land of 127 million people
Fielder of Dreams
Front Range Powder Factory
and the backcountry beyond
On one leg, Vasu Sojitra rips the backcountry harder than you
Rising from the ashes of Idaho's
Ditch the breakfast sandwich
for a leg up on your buddies
Pits save lives. So dig them. Dig?
Tried and New
Shaggy skins, carbon
shafts and cold Pebax
Never forget your safe word….
Old Guys Rule