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...

Fruits of the Sea

A rare East Coast ski-to-sea moment for the author. [Photo] Dana Allen Two crullers and a large coffee from Tim Horton’s isn’t the best fuel for a day spent climbing couloirs, and my growling stomach echoes...

Backstory: Turning Back

Louie Dawson pushes higher. Coleman-Deming Route, Mt. Baker, Wash. [Photo] Jason Hummel An overhanging rock face looms to our left, and I can see the Coleman Glacier sprawling far below my feet. Kyle and I...

Backstory: Rising Up

Rachel Burks rises above Norway’s Lofoten Mountains. [Photo] Re Wikstrom It’s early morning and unusually cold, the kind of dawn that nips at your heels and prompts you to get going, to get skins on, to...

Backstory: Sunbowl Retreat

Mt. Diller, in California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park, salutes the sun. [Photo] Colton Allen “How ya doin’?” barrel-chested Dennis asked, rounding my desk at my public works job. He grabbed my jar of...