Author: Will Shoemaker

Spring in the Eastern Sierras

Backcountry Magazine has given significant attention to the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains in recent months — with multiple articles focused on or set in the range that includes some of the tallest peaks in the lower 48. But around the same time Backcountry Editorial Director Adam Howard was setting the stage for the magazine’s coverage with […]

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Part 3: Cold Smoke in the Red Zone

China’s Secret Primal Powder Paradise Found By Jaime Van Lanen Years back when I first became interested in snowboarding in China various people passed on rumor to me that it was a no-go, that the harsh high-and-dry climate which dominates most of China’s windswept mountain ranges makes it non-appealing to the snow-surfing powder hounds among […]

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A fall worth remembering in the Tetons

By Elizabeth Koutrelakos Thanksgiving can provide ample food and time to digest great things that have occurred over the span of the season. My gratitude commenced when the September snow covered the huckleberries while they were still ripe, forcing me to put down my bucket and pick up my Voodoo splitboard! Sunhats quickly got swapped with beanies and […]

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Part 2: Cold Smoke in the Red Zone

The Uncertain Quest for China’s Secret Powder Paradise By Jaime Van Lanen In mainstream, very urban, eastern China things are starting to ramp up ski industry development-wise, and of course there are loads Chinese who are snowboarding at the many, East Coast-like, lift-served ski resorts. Moreover, Chinese culture even now has caught wind of the […]

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Part 1: Cold Smoke in the Red Zone

Voodoo the first splitboard to kiss the snows of the Tibetan Himalaya? By Jaime Van Lanen Aside from Japan, Asia, our earth’s largest continent, has been relatively unexplored by backcountry snowboarders. Some exceptions to this are Gulmarg in India, the Tian Shan in Kyrgyzstan, and Kamchatka in the Russian Far East. But by no means […]

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Deconstructing the ‘Dynasplit’

By Will Shoemaker For skiers, the Dynafit binding has been a game changer in every sense of the term. Tech bindings shave significant weight — a pretty big deal in the backcountry — without, for the most part, sacrificing performance. So why can’t splitboarders benefit from this technology as well? They can. The question is: […]

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Mineral Point Mission

By Dustin Eldridge The alarm clock rang early that morning. At 4:30 AM I lurched out of bed. Early days are less common in February, but the springlike weather of the past two weeks required springlike rituals. And springlike lines. Our sights were on Mineral Point. Mineral Point is a prolific peak in the Gunnison […]

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A cabin in the woods

Cold Smoke crew ventures deep into the San Juans By Will Shoemaker There is something deeply gratifying about discovering a new zone and pilfering its possibilities. Often, it takes work, vision and multiple attempts. Like playing Jenga drunk. Or hooking up with the captain of the cheerleading squad. But when the Cold Smoke crew crested […]

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2017 Voodoo improved over past models

Some might say, if it ain’t broke, why fix it? At Cold Smoke, we believe in striving for perfection. That’s why our tried-and-true flagship deck, the Voodoo, has received Editors’ Choice award from Backcountry Magazine for two out of the last three years. For 2017, we increased early rise in the nose, meaning the already hard-charging […]

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A little known zone

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