The Field’s Guide to Japanuary

With the help of Chandler Kane of Stealth Backcountry Tours, The Field Mag has put together a comprehensive list of tips and gear for those heading to Japan for the new year’s snow season—or as they call it, “Japanuary.” Kane and The Field’s Graham Hiemstra explain everything from cultural differences to when to book your flight and which Gore-Tex gear to buy. Visit the The …

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 …