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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.
High peaks often equate to high consequences, and the Formidable Issue offers a deep look into daunting mountain ranges and the impressive people who thrive when things become challenging. Inside, we explore Colorado’s northern San Juan Mountains, a range where past generations and an unstable snowpack have informed the grit anddetermination of today’s skiers. Also, Durango, Colo.’s resident vert-crushing Simmons family redefines good genes. Later, ski-mountaineering legend Ptor Spricenieks shares how his global guiding, line tagging and dissemination of a special brand of mountain enlightenment have kept him on the sport’s leading edge. Plus: lightweight, spring-focused skis, how to plan a successful multiday traverse and après beers, tasted and reviewed.