Ski and Snowboard Kits for Big Mountain and Backcountry

The best gear to ensure you never have a bad day on the mountain

by Sasha Barkans Nothing can spoil a great snow day like bad gear. Puffy jackets in wet conditions will shut your days down early, uncomfortable and heavy backcountry equipment will slow you down on the up-track, and that poorly shaped split board is going to sink you when the mountain is hit with that epic powder dump. To help you get sorted for the 2017 …

Studio Visit: Trail Map Artist James Niehues

On painting the slopes, from trees to terrain, with no digital software

If you’ve ever grabbed one of the colorful trail maps stocked in ski lodges, or affixed to the chairlift bar, there’s a good chance you’ve seen—and used—the work of landscape artist James Niehues. Niehues (who goes by Jim) is one of just a handful of people who have mastered the art of capturing the workings of mountains for those traversing them, having succeeded industry greats …

Skijoring with Bentley

Extreme sports with luxury cars in the Swiss Alps

Given the extreme winter weather in the Northeastern United States, we thought it would be appropriate and entertaining to resurface this story from 2012 Roughly translated to “ski driving,” skijoring is a Scandinavian-originated snow sport where a skier is towed; typically behind a horse or dogs. My introduction to the sport earlier this month [January 2012] came as an invitation from Bentley and Zai to …

Perspectiv Daypack by Thule

Schlep gear with ease in a new backcountry camera bag

From roof racks to bike bags, Thule knows how to schlepp in style. If it needs to be hauled, lugged or carried, there’s a good chance that the Swedish company has a solution to get your gear from the garage to the great outdoors. Their latest release is a series of camera bags that range from messenger style to daypacks, all unified under a streamlined …

Snocru

One app for tracking and mapping speed, mountain conditions and all your friends

While there are a few different apps for obsessed skiers and snowboarders to track their speed, distance and altitude or follow weather conditions, Snocru goes one step further to unite your pack so you can keep track of all that—and each other. Launched in 2010 and continuously updated with an increasing array of social sharing and tech features, Snocru came in quite handy on a …