Snow Sports


In this installment of The 101 from contributor Bryan Rogala, he walks us through the different types of ski jackets on the market

Our favorite snow-sports eyewear of all time, from affordable to high-tech

From camber and rocker to groomers versus pow, it's easy to get lost in the vocabulary of buying your first set of skis

Safety first! In this episode of The 101, Bryan Rogala​​​​​​​ walks us through the basics of buying a ski helmet and goggles

Education is the best investment you can make while learning to backcountry ski

An active outdoor lifestyle doesn’t end with pregnancy. It's time for gear manufacturers to tap into the growing market of high-performance maternity apparel.

One small Colorado-based ski company invited women to describe their perfect powder ski—then made their dreams a reality

The affordable models are surprisingly capable, but what you get for more money is undeniable

The LiftOp Biggie is the rack we recommend to our friends

This dorky little windshield wiper is the world's most effective tool for cleaning your goggles

Gear editor Ben Fox walks us through what makes Backcountry's first ski jacket and bibs perfect for a day on the hill

Ski-apparel brand Spyder dropped by our offices to show off some of the new gear for 2019

These haulers are perfect for the slopes…

You want protection that goes on easy and keeps your mug from resembling a wind-chapped chunk of meat

Ben shows off our top gear picks under $50

Layering your outerwear for a day of backcountry skiing can be tricky. Watch learn how to dial your layers for a day on the slopes.

Because nothing kills the joy of playing in the snow and cold faster than cold hands

The versatility of these American-made planks is second to none

Blizzard's Women2Women summit gathers skiers to talk about how to improve women's ski design. And it's working.

Designed for hut trips to sidecountry adventures and everything in between, here are our favorite snow-sports packs

The Smith I/O was already one of our favorite pairs of goggles—and now it’s even better, thanks to a new magnetic lens-swapping system

With the ski season in full swing, our resident boot expert is here with some tips for choosing the right pair of ski boots. 

Whether you ski more powder or hardpack, these planks have the chops to perform on any mountain, any day

Knowing the basics on lenses, fit, and venting will help you find a pair you love

Finally, a ski for women that excels in all conditions, from hardpack to powder to tight trees

The super-comfy ThermoBall Traction Mules are as happy hanging out in the snow as they are around a fire back at the lodge

This simple, affordable product will protect your expensive eyewear

The Oyuki Pep Trigger Mitts ($140) are a favorite of gear editor Ben Fox.

Drying your soaked kit is the key to make it last

Gear editor Ben Fox takes a drive up to Ski Santa Fe with the new Küat Grip 4 Ski Rack ($349)

Racking up all the best ways to carry and store your winter cargo

We've been testing Backcountry's touring kit. Here are our thoughts.

We talked with a dermatologist to find out the best way to prevent the winter sun from damaging your skin

The hipster brand's new ski apparel line is more about fashion than function. But if making the sport trendy gets more women on snow, then that’s OK.

Who doesn't love warm and cozy clothing after skiing?

Our gear team is in Denver for Winter OR, here are the products that caught our eyes on day one.

(Courtesy Patagonia) Patagonia Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Vest ($99) Nothing feels as cozy as fleece. Patagonia’s Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Vest is thick and soft, and it’s made using fair-trade recycled polyester. Buy Now (Courtesy Rumpl) Rumpl Puffy Sherpa Blanket ($189) With velvety fleece on one side and matte…

Make your way down, across, and, yes, even up the mountain with these premium planks

We break down the jargon and tell you what you really need to understand

A simple method for applying a smooth coat to protect your skis and build the stoke

Strap on one of these accessories and walk with confidence this winter

You’re only as good (and as safe) as your connection to your skis

Gear that’s got your back, should things go sideways

The season’s backcountry boots demand to be pushed to the limit

Show the other players who’s best at pulling on plastic

Hammer like the gods in this cross-country kit

Four sturdy stompers for deep days on the trail

Six pairs of sticks that can keep up

As mega-passes continue to add resorts, now is the time to ditch single-day lift tickets for good

Because boot-packing takes too long

Preferably one with gobs of comfort and safety features

Six cozy throws, from plush to practical

We don’t need no stinking sleeves

A complete revamp of a classic leads the cream of the crop from our test in Snowbird, Utah

Slick trousers for powder-day overachievers

Comfort and performance in a lightweight package

If you’re determined to camp in winter, you’re going to need some sturdy gear

Five decks that bring surf style to the slopes

Hot pockets—nuking not required (unless we’re talking about snow)

It snowed at Keystone this week. It's time to get ready.

Bring a dash of style to your parenting ensemble

No one likes pulling a U-turn after an improperly tied down surfboard flies away

Three new options—in a panoply of sizes—nail women’s fit and performance

In February, we put more than 250 pairs of next winter's skis through their paces at Snowbird, Utah. We're talking 18 testers, three days, and a total of 1.5 million vertical feet. Find out which planks rose to the top in the Winter Buyer's Guide, which hits newsstands in October. In the meantime, let photographer Lee Cohen take you through the test.

Tough and functional for those long days on snow

Here's what one of the nation's strongest ski mountaineers chooses for both resort and backcountry missions

Can Spy's new electrochromic tint-changing lens unseat the Smith—my favorite goggles ever—from its throne?

This month, Red Bull sponsored a team of the world's best mountaineers to ski across the Alps in less than 41 days

Yeah, it's been around 136 years for a reason

Eleven companies making apparel and equipment just the way you like it

The prescription goggles are the best solution for those who simply can't go without their specs on the slopes

Luke Jacobson set out to land a gig at a big ski company like K2. Instead, he helped launch American-built Moment Skis, a small but growing brand that made it all the way to the 2018 Winter Olympics.

A love letter to a very expensive pair of skis

The all-mountain touring boot is the most innovative ski boot of the year

Strafe solved the biggest problem with ski bibs for women: an easy way to answer nature's call