Backcountry skiing is not for everyone. It can involve long, hard climbs, nasty weather, bad conditions, and high risk. For the dedicated few who partake, the natural experience of earning one’s turns is more rewarding than a thousands laps at the resort. The risk associated with backcountry skiing is more often than not worth the reward if you know what you're doing.Fresh lines, steep turns, and no crowds in sight make all the effort worth it. Whether you've been doing it your whole life or are thinking about giving it a try, here are some insights, safety tips, and stories from local gully skiers.

Backcountry Skiing, Coyote, Montana
Pogge, Drew
When a coyote comes calling.He appeared to me near the river, alone in the cold, and stood watching as I skied closer. Mangy-looking thing, I thought. Read more >>
Patagonia SnowDrifter
Doar, Melissa
Finding the right pack for a tour into the Montana backcountry can be frustrating—until now. The Patagonia SnowDrifter20L makes a great sidekick for short excursions. This ultralight, water-repellent pack has a durable Cordura exterior. Read more >>
G3 Ion LT 12
Pogge, Drew
I'm a big fan of KISS (the acronym, not the band.) Keep It Simple, Stupid. And that's exactly what G3's latest tech binding, the ION LT 12, does. Read more >>
Elephanthead Mountain, Montana Ski Touring
Turiano, Thomas
Winter on Elephanthead.
Mount Blackmore, Bozeman backcountry
Berreth, Mark
Surviving a Blackmore slide.
Backcountry skiing, fall skiing, Bozeman, Montana
Pogge, Drew
Preparing for a deep ski season.
Carving, skiing Montana, Spring Outside Bozeman 2015
Mike England
To stretch the ski season even further—and enjoy an inimitable skiing experience “at the top of the world”—fill up the tank and head east to the Beartooth Pass. Read more >>
spring skiing bozeman, emigrant peak montana, outside bozeman
Edwards, Becky
From Iowa to Emigrant Peak. 
Spring Corn, Backcountry Skiing, Bozeman, Monrtana
Chabot, Doug
For sweet spring corn.
winter, backcountry, Outside Bozeman, Montana
Pogge, Drew
Avalanche airbags 101.
Spanish Peaks, Avalanche, Beehive Basin
Jauquet, Kala
A close call in the Spanish Peaks.
Photo by Ryan Krueger
England, Mike
Reasons to earn your turns this spring
Backcountry Yurt, Bell Lake, Montana
Drew Pogge
How to plan a hut trip. 
Yellowstone Ski-touring, Fawn Pass
Krueger, Ryan
Up & over Fawn Pass.Wolves.
Stone Glacier Avail 2200 Pack
England, Mike
These days, versatility is the name of the outdoor-gear game, and Bozeman-based Stone Glacier has nailed it with their new pack, the Avail 2200 Read more >>
Stio Environ Bib
Pogge, Drew
I have a heck of a time with ski pants. Since I put a lot of days in, durability is a huge factor, but since I ski primarily in the backcountry, so are weight, venting, and range of motion. Last year, I went through three pairs (two succumbed to ripped crotches and one to a gash in the thigh). Read more >>
Patagonia Powslayer Bibs, Montana Backcountry Skiing
McCarthy, Chris
When you spend a lot of time outdoors in the elements, protection is key, but functionality is equally important. With that in mind, I went looking for a workhorse ski pant and landed on the PowSlayer Bibs from Patagonia. Read more >>
Winter Activities
Estela Villaseñor
Winter traditions among friends. 
Beehive Basin, Backcountry skiing Montana
Lennon, Derek
Exploring Beehive Basin.
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