Snow Sports


Maximize your backcountry fun with these tips

We sent six editors down a hill for a gear review

We tested and reviewed them, and now they’re all up to 25 percent off. Plus, five other winter pieces we love.

These are our favorite pieces on sale at REI’s ski clearance from now until February 17.

Matt Sterbenz believes his company, Wndr Alpine, may have just made the best ski ever. It happens to be built with algae.

After a long day on the slopes, your body deserves a little après of its own

Six decades after learning on wooden planks, one person's quest for the holy grail

Going to the bathroom while skiing is notoriously difficult. These bottoms ease the burden.

One writer's meditation on the confusing world of snow-sports apparel

Cold hands, tired feet, and wet bottoms will ruin your ski day, so investing in quality gear for those areas is worth it

Running with a stroller is all well and good in the milder months, but it takes a little extra planning to pull off in winter

What we're most excited about for the upcoming season

The Sunski Treelines are great for skiing and everyday adventures

Here, Wes Siler shows you how to buy snowshoes and how to use them. Watch this, and enjoy snowshoeing this winter. 

We tried out every model we could get our hands on over the course of a winter. Here are the ones that rose to the top for backcountry missions, in-bounds days, and everything in between.

20 pieces we'll be using on the mountain this winter

Tree-topped designs that look as good as they ride

This season’s sticks are light, edgy, and versatile

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Whether you’re after big objectives in the backcountry or bombing corduroy, the right boot fit can make all the difference

Advice on everything you need, from boots to a ski jacket to layering

From bomber shells to warm long sleeves, some of our favorite winter layers are on sale. Here are the pieces we recommend for ski season.

We're itching for the snow—and we're stoked about this collection

Our writer's hands-down favorite for wind-blown and chapped lips

The ski manufacturer is extending protection for pin bindings starting this winter

Finally, a winter hauler that hits the sweet spot

The year’s best powder hounds

Because remote, untracked snow is worth the effort

Versatility reigns as decks with inventive shapes push performance to the edge

They won’t always be on their best behavior, but at least they’ll stay warm and dry

Mission-critical kit for cars, trucks, and the garage

The season’s top performers from our ski test in Steamboat, Colorado, do everything you want them to, no matter what the conditions

Two newcomers shake things up, while a couple of old hands succeed with clever tech

State-of-the-art protection, minus that clamped-down feeling

Shed a little weight from your backcountry setup

Take advantage of steep discounts on our award-winning Winter Buyer’s Guide picks, and you’ll thank us on your first pow day next season…

You can't put a price on the peace of mind that comes with good gear organization

Beacon, check. Shovel, check. Hawaiian shirt, check.

We just wrapped up reviewing a batch of the best upcoming models at Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado. Here's how it went down.

Our favorite models for everything from resort shredding to backcountry touring

Nadia Burton couldn't always find ski gear that fit her body or her style. So she made her own.

Our favorite models for everything from frontside groomers to sidecountry pow

Just because it was fun doesn't mean it was easy

We judged five contenders on user friendliness, comfort, and how well they carry a load

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