It was the sort of once-in-a-lifetime idea that only comes to you in the backcountry, when you're all hopped up on powder and running desperately low on effervescent malt beverages. Chapman Wilcox, a large-medium artist and the self-described "big thinker" of the group, had envisioned working on such an enormous canvas during a lengthy meditative episode ("I was pretty much high on post-powder endorphins," he says). But it took the combined efforts of the entire party to brainstorm such a succinct yet powerful message. Smoke 'em if you got 'em seemed too long, no one could remember how to spell Hefeweizen, and only Steve wanted to write Amy, take me back. Then the epiphany struck like a truckload of High Life.
Eric Pollard and his dog find freshies.
An uphill-skiing noob tests her mettle at Arapahoe Basin’s Rise & Shine Rando series.
We brought our snorkels to Lake Louise’s Skoki Lodge and found way more than deep snow.
Whether you ski at resorts or in the backcountry, there's no such thing as a completely controlled mountain environment. So be your own weather and snow forecaster to stay safe.
Get fit for deep powder: Join us for fun, low-key randonnée racing at Arapahoe Basin, Colorado.
The web series kicked off in memory of Andreas Fransson, with an Icelandic adventure, and now takes you from deep B.C. pow, to Japan, and beyond.
Having practical, dependable gear can help lessen risks and increase fun in the backcountry.
You need to know what you’re getting into when accessing the goods at resorts or in the backcountry.
Big-mountain skier Dean Cummings shares tips and his inspiration for steep skiing.
JP Auclair and Andreas Fransson were caught in an avalanche on South America’s Mount Cochrane on Monday, September 29, 2014.