Backcountry Skiing

This season, try your hand at a winter sport that combines the aerobic challenge of cross-country skiing with the powder-fueled rush of backcountry snowboarding: splitboarding. The sport was invented in the early 1990s by a Utah skier and avalanche forecaster, Brett Kobernik, who wanted to climb mountains on skis and descend on a snowboard. Tinkering…

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Downhill skiing and snowboarding might seem like close relatives, but the latter owes just as big a debt to surfing. And snowboarding’s surfing roots are returning in a big way. Riders are using shorter boards, without bindings, to re-create the experience of riding the waves on backcountry powder. One manufacturer, Grassroots Powdersurfing, reports that U.S….

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We broke trail into the fading light of dusk. Just as we thought to grab our headlamps, our destination’s soft outline materialized in the falling snow. We had made it. The cabin door was partially sealed by rime ice and snow—nothing a good shove couldn’t handle—and after passing through it and dropping our packs, we…

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Working at Hermit Lake Shelters, at the base of New Hampshire’s well-known Tuckerman Ravine, can be pretty cool. The upside? Caretakers spend a lot of time outdoors, and if they’re lucky, some of that time involves making first tracks on a bluebird powder day. The downside? The ravine can be downright cold, and if a…

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If you want to experience the true wildness of winter in the Northeast, strap on your skis and slip into the backcountry. Here are five choice picks to get you started, from the tranquil Maine Woods to New York’s highest peak. For more on these and many other winter adventures (50 in total), check out…

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Gloves are commonly orphaned. Keep them together. Keep them close. Here’s how: Consistently put your gloves in the same place or pocket so you’ll always know where to find them. Clip your gloves together when they’re not in use. In windy conditions, leash your gloves to your wrists. Heavier gloves and mitts often come with…

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This season, don’t let Old Man Winter take a nip at your fingers. Instead, slap him in the face with the right pair of gloves. For maximum warmth, function, and comfort, you’ll want gloves that fit properly and have the appropriate features for their intended use. Here’s what to consider when comparison shopping. PROPER FIT…

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Getting to Katahdin is as much of an adventure as being there. Just ask the countless Appalachian Trail thru-hikers who have ended their 2,185-mile journey on the 5,268-foot summit that doubles as the AT’s northern terminus and Maine’s highest peak. For our little crew of four skiers, reaching Katahdin meant delaying our trip twice due…

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The original Inferno Race was solely a ski race from the summit of Mount Washington over the Tuckerman Headwall and all the way down to Pinkham Notch Visitor Center (then Pinkham Notch Camps). It began in 1932 and attracted all sorts of crazy extreme skiers! In 1939 Toni Matt set his amazing record for the…

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Oooh baby it was cold outside this past weekend, with temperatures dropping deep into the sub-zero range across New England. Add in some stiff northwest winds and you had the ingredients for severe wind chill and rapid frostbite on any exposed skin. How fast can you get frostbite? This handy wind chill chart from NOAA…

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