Opening Day

In late March, with buds already blossoming in the low country, I tuned my radio to the Seattle Mariners’ sold-out home opener after a day touring in the Cascades. The spring energy cackling over the...

The ties that bind

There is one piece of gear that is the foundation of all AT setups, since Dynafit’s 1986 Low Tech model: the binding. And this technology has come a long way since the early years of the sport. From...

Grassroots Glades

Holly Knox has been managing recreational opportunities as a Green Mountain National Forest District Recreation Program Manager for the last decade, a time when the number of backcountry skiers seemingly...

Connecting the Spots

In 2016, R.J. Thompson struck up a conversation with the then-executive director for Vermont’s Catamount Trail Association, Amy Kelsey. What started as a discussion about a potential yurt in Stowe, Vt.’s...

The Old Goats

Emily Johnson does a modern twist down the Ranch Valley CCC trails near Stowe, VT. [Photo] Brain Mohr A friend once threatened me to never write about the Bolton Valley backcountry. He offered no specific...