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Backcountry Magazine isn’t about defining boundaries, it’s about blowing them wide open. More people than ever are redefining their ideas of skiing and snowboarding, and Backcountry is their tool; a conduit and catalyst of the backcountry revolution. Each issue of Backcountry is packed with high-definition photography and stories, trusted avalanche safety skills and reliable, unbiased gear reviews. From freeskiing to touring, exotic destinations to backyard zones, the history of skiing to the cutting edge, we cover it all. In Backcountry, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Join us and imagine your Untracked Experience.
This year’s Photo Annual is all about escapism—away from ever-refreshing pow-shot feeds and into a celebration of the beauty and timelessness of our sport. To hone in on those enduring qualities, editor in chief Tyler Cohen explores the complete history of telemark and its unassailable link to backcountry skiing. From the turn’s origins in 1800s Norway to the explosion of the sport in the U.S. throughout the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, this story captures the people, gatherings and gear that shaped a culture and formed the style of skiing as we know it. And from Arctic Norway’s Svalbard archipelago to the gulfs and couloirs of Maine’s Mt. Katahdin, the Photo Annuals other features—and 22-page photo gallery—celebrate the light, shadow and beauty of sliding on snow.