In Utah, Christmas-tree lights are a very big deal. Meet the itinerant crew of climbers, river guides, ski bums, trekkers, and thru-hikers who work like super-elves to get ready for the year’s most beautiful holiday.

Six testers spent three months checking out the coolest new airbag tech to hit the market. Spoiler: it lives up to the hype.

Having the proper equipment is the best way to stay prepared in an emergency—and to help you prevent one

Finally, an Enforcer designed to adventure beyond the ropes

These skis let you bring the playfulness of your resort skiing to the backcountry

Looking for the perfect backcountry ski for deep days and big missions? Start here.

This year’s most exciting new backcountry ski charges like a downhill ski

Whether you’re looking for a dedicated lightweight alpine touring boot or a hybrid boot to take on the resort and the backcountry, you’ll find something that fits the bill right here

A backcountry stick for those who gravitate towards directional skis

When it’s soft and light in the backcountry, reach for these playful planks

A ski made for the technical backcountry lines of the Rockies

This fast and light backcountry ski doesn’t skimp on downhill performance

From hilarious to horrifying, these tales offer a glimpse into what this work can be like

Union members at Stevens Pass and Park City Mountain Resort want better wages and working conditions but say their parent company has dragged its feet in negotiations. If they still can't get to the bargaining table, could a strike shut down the two ski areas?

It took 16 riders several weeks—and countless laps—to find the most comfortable, protective, and versatile lids for downhill, cross-country, and everything in between

Look and feel good, en route and on the ground

Whether you're bouldering, sport climbing, or jamming splitters, choosing the right shoes is about more than fit. These are the best models.

We’re all for traveling light—just make room for these

Survive planes, trains, and automobiles with these essentials

The stigma is gone. For years, canned beers were derided for their metallic taste. Worse, the options were limited—few breweries canned beer that you’d want to sample, let alone drink 12 ounces of. Then, Oskar Blues started canning its flagship Dale’s Pale Ale in 2002. And everything changed.

Four men are attempting to row a small fiberglass boat through a notorious Arctic route that has claimed the lives of countless explorers. Why? Because it's now possible, thanks to climate change.

We cornered the founder of Burton Snowboards at Outdoor Retailer's Winter Market to talk about his company's latest developments, where he likes to ride most, and avalanche safety

Michael Wigge has made two trips around the world: For one, he relied on strangers for food and accommodation; for the other, he bartered, trading a single apple for, eventually, a home in Hawaii, which he now owns. We caught up with him before his next adventure.

Let’s start with nature’s wünderfabric. Not only is merino wool (sourced mostly from sheep in New Zealand’s Southern Alps) a sustainable, bio-degradable fabric, but gear makers have figured out how to make it softer and thin enough to wear on a hot summer day.

For the past three years, we’ve been inundated with answers to a simple question via Facebook: “What are you doing outside this weekend?” Behold: your most, er, innovative itineraries.

From sharks and cougars to avalanches and frozen waters, four survivors share their stories in their own words. Plus: expert commentary.

A descendant of America’s most famous acrobatic family brings classic daredevilry back to Niagara Falls

Short conversations with the world's most interesting people

Lewis dishes on the nuances of slackline tricking competition, the newest event at the Teva Mountain Games in Vail

Paraplegic Jeremy McGhee prepares to climb and ski a major backcountry route in California

A book about cycling and bike culture presents findings from a study about the social behaviors of cyclists in an entertaining way

Outside picks the best hiking gear of June 2012, including the Helly Hansen Odin Fastpack.

Ignore what you've been told: Summer is the time to try something new

A light lager with plenty of body, thanks to a newly hybridized hops from New Zealand.

Major League Baseball’s long tradition of warming up for the season with oddball adventures

A small camera attachment to film anything from your phone

Sporting events on the prison circuit

A cool new concept for winter boots