Snow Stories

Garrett Grove
Her Stride

Natasha Woodworth, the designer behind Patagonia’s new backcountry ski touring kits, approaches skiing and technical design with the same understated competence.

Molly Baker
7 min Read
A Matter of Love

Marie-France Roy on speaking up for our home planet.

Colin Wiseman
6 min Read
Honoring the Mountains

As communities evolve, so do their guiding beliefs.

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Solving For Z

Solving for Z explores IFMGA guide and father Zahan Billimoria’s relationship to the intoxicating highs and crushing blows of a life in the high-risk environment of big mountain skiing.

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Will You Vote for Winter?

Snow lovers and professional athletes are mobilizing to elect climate leaders.

Maia Wikler
6 min Read
One Lap at a Time

An eclectic band of Argentine locals cultivates a grassroots backcountry ski community in one of the world’s most unforgiving mountain ranges.

Matthew Tufts
9 min Read
Coming Home

For three women of color in Wyoming, going into the mountains isn’t about representation—it’s about reclaiming their power, together.

Emilé Zynobia
7 min Read
Down from the Mountains

A French ski patroller’s move to become a permaculture farmer.

Josefine Ås
4 min Read
Trying Adds Up

After years of dreaming, Nick Russell and Christian Pondella complete a clean descent on Mount Morrison in the Eastern Sierra.

Nick Russell
6 min Read
What Do the Winds Bring?

After surviving calamity in British Columbia’s Coast Mountains, a few skiers return to COVID-19.

Kieran Brownie
10 min Read
Ride Flat Pow

Changing our dynamics with the mountains can help us be in them longer, and appreciate them more.

Tomonori Tanaka
3 min Read
Ryland Bell’s Chilkat Hideaway

Predawn on April 4, 2019. There’s hardly any snow in the mountains. Worst year in recent history, the locals are saying. We’re loading boxes of food onto the ferry, preparing to board the Alaska Marine Highway from Juneau to Haines. “It’s southeast Alaska, you never know,” Ryland Bell says. “It might rain for 90 days…

Colin Wiseman
10 min Read
Keep Red Lady Free: The Fun-Loving Activists of Crested Butte

 A mining company owns the mineral rights to a Colorado mountain. For 42 years, the Red Ladies have been showing up—and dressing up—to keep the mountain wild.

Laura Yale
7 min Read
What I Fought For

Former Navy SEAL Josh Jespersen battles the destruction of wild places he served to protect.

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A Painful Conversation with Skier and Hot Sauce Maker Carston Oliver

As seen in the November 2019 Journal. For the recipe behind Carston’s Spicy Magic Sauce, scroll to the end of the story. Although my tongue felt as if it might melt, Carston Oliver assured me I was not, in fact, going to die. “That’s just the capsaicin,” he told me, as he calmly ordered some…

Sakeus Bankson
7 min Read
Ski-Touring Banff National Park with Two Teen Daughters

A group of four skiers moves methodically across the snow-covered Wapta Icefield ahead of me in single file connected by a thread-like rope—mothers on each end, Cheryl and Nan, and their two daughters, Roan and Sailor, in the middle. As Roan’s father and Cheryl’s husband, I’m tagging along on this five-day hut-based ski tour in…

Kennan Harvey
6 min Read
The Summit Which Never Melts: Dookʼoʼoosłííd

Snow and icy rime break from the porous black volcanic ridgeline crackling beneath my feet. Gale-force updrafts from the gullied ridges below whip the skis and splitboards strapped to our backs. Each gust forces us to step toward the cornice that hangs above the caldera to our right. The temperature drops steadily and our breath…

Len Necefer
8 min Read
Suffering for Solitude

Telegraph Creek, B.C. to Wrangell, Alaska by Ski and Kayak

Jasper Gibson
8 min Read
Circumnavigating Crater Lake by Ski

Sampling the Offerings at Crater Lake “Go for Dirksen…” There was considerable static on my little two-way radio, but it was a small miracle we could hear Josh Dirksen at all. We hadn’t seen him since a dinner rendezvous two days prior in Bend. An agreed-upon radio channel and call time had actually worked, as…

Colin Wiseman
7 min Read
The Sierra Snow Wolf: Snowboarder Nick Russell

On the west face of Mount Whitney, just off the summit of the highest peak in the lower 48, we had to traverse right. For us skiers it was no real issue, a bit of sidestepping and poling would do the trick. Yet, our group was comprised of both two sticks and singular planks, and…

Max Hammer
4 min Read
Closer To Home

Sometimes the simplest way to explore is to look around you.

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Treeline: Trespassing

When we move through the forest in winter, we’re often left wonderstruck by snow-shrouded trees bent and morphed from years of wear in silent solitude. Their depth of character becomes evident as we weave ourselves into their lives and ecosystems. But we often tell our stories and not theirs. Our new film Treeline follows skiers…

Garrett Grove
5 min Read
Treeline: The Core

When we move through the forest in winter, we’re often left wonderstruck by snow-shrouded trees bent and morphed from years of wear in silent solitude. Their depth of character becomes evident as we weave ourselves into their lives and ecosystems. But we often tell our stories and not theirs. Our new film Treeline follows skiers…

Taro Tamai
3 min Read
Treeline: Homegrown

When we move through the forest in winter, we’re often left wonderstruck by snow-shrouded trees bent and morphed from years of wear in silent solitude. Their depth of character becomes evident as we weave ourselves into their lives and ecosystems. But we often tell our stories and not theirs. Our new film Treeline follows skiers…

Leah Evans
3 min Read
Treeline: The Film

When we move through the forest in winter, we’re often left wonderstruck by snow-shrouded trees bent and morphed from years of wear in silent solitude. Their depth of character becomes evident as we weave ourselves into their lives and ecosystems. But we often tell our stories and not theirs. Our new film Treeline follows skiers and…

Molly Baker
3 min Read
Treeline

An ancient story written in rings

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Treeline: A Story Written in Rings

Quietly, patiently, trees endure. They are the oldest living beings we come to know during our time on earth, living bridges into our planet’s expansive past. Treeline is a film celebrating the forests on which our species has always depended—and around which some skiers and snowboarders etch their entire lives. Follow a group of snow-seekers,…

Laura Yale
5 min Read
Getting the Snow Industry Excited About Recycled Fabrics

Before we could challenge the snow industry to move to recycled materials, we had to change our thinking, too. There are a number of ways to reduce a garment’s impact, but none more significant than making it out of recycled fabric. Doing so keeps material out of landfills and cuts demand for the petroleum used…

Patagonia
2 min Read
The Punk Rockers of Ski Mountaineering

“The notion that there’s one dream that we’re all after, and agreed upon ways in which you can verify that you are indeed living that dream drives me crazy,” says Forest McBrian. “Everyone’s dream is a little bit different. If there is a dream that we all lust after, then we’re all just trying to…

The Dirtbag Diaries
1 min Read
Block Party: A Celebration in the Long Overdue Sierra Snow

On January 23, it was snowing so hard that the sound, the roaring hiss of snow hitting the ground, woke me up at 3 a.m. I threw on a jacket and walked outside into the certain knowledge that California’s nearly five-year snow drought was over. It was the deepest, most stacked I’d ever seen my…

Hans Ludwig
4 min Read
Mac Profile

This 3-Year-Old Rips.

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“The Last Hill:” A Film About Getting There Slowly

We were off-the-couch bikers, versed in miles per hour, not miles per day. After seven days of biking to ski, we needed a rest day. Hot springs mandatory. We remembered a shortcut to the Green Church pools, which was 9 miles shorter than the highway route. Shortcuts—with deeply rutted, washboard dirt roads on bicycles loaded…

Max Hammer
2 min Read
The Last Hill (Until the Next One)

Searching for adventure right out their backdoor, a group of skiers and snowboarders set off on a bicycle powered backcountry ski adventure along the Eastern Sierra. (It's as fun as it sounds)

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Right to Roam

Jump in the van with Marie-France Roy and Alex Yoder as they weave their way through Scotland, exploring how personal accountability allows for universal land access and visiting old farm shelters that support mountain folks as they rove freely across the country.

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Raising Less Wasteful Kids—Starting with One Red Hand-Me-Down Jacket

The jacket was probably red once but it’s now more of a muddy pink with an overlay of permanent scuff and smudge. The zipper, replaced four years ago, stands out a little brighter. The interior sports a size tag (Kids XXS) but has no hand-me-down label—it predates that Patagonia tradition. Around 13 years ago, it…

Patagonia
2 min Read
“When the Mountains Were Wild:” A Film About the Northern Albanian Alps

I was looking for real mountain wilderness in Europe. All of the roads, ski lifts, huts, dams and avalanche safety reports make it really easy and comfortable to access great ski touring, climbing and freeriding in the central European Alps. Some of the huts feel more like hotels than shelters for mountaineers. The price we…

Mitch Tölderer
3 min Read
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