From legendary athletes to iconic product designers, activists to guides, our world is filled with new views, wisdom, determination and crustiness. This is the Backcountry Podcast.
The Two Cohens: Pro Skier Sam and his Photographing Father Lee
One of legendary photographer Lee Cohen's favorite subjects is his son, Sam, himself a professional freeskier. It hasn’t always been easy for either of them: Sam admits he had to ski hard to get beyond the old man’s shadow. While their vocation is different, the canvas on which they ply that craft is the same. And they’re tight. If you didn’t know any better, they sound more like brothers than father and son.
The Seer: Avalanche Forecaster and Sage Drew Hardesty
A 22-year veteran avalanche forecaster for the Utah Avalanche Center, Drew Hardesty doesn’t simply give the avalanche forecast for the greater Wasatch. He tells the snowpack’s story. He’s part scientist, part philosopher. Part skier, part poet. How many snow scientists were Naval Intelligence officers during Desert Storm or have received a federal Valor Award for aiding 17 lightning strike victims on the Grand Teton? Drew’s life experiences allow him to see the snow through different eyes.
The Makers’ Lament: Part 2
Joining host Adam “Howie” Howard are Thor Verdonk, Alpine Technical Product Director for Lange, Rossignol and Dynastar; Jason Levinthal, founder of Line and J-Skis; and Dan Abrams, cofounder of Flylow. How accurate were their prognostications from the spring? Tune in to find out.
Guide Nancy Bockino: Mother of Trees
Based in Jackson, Wyoming, Nancy Bockino spends the winter ski guiding and teaching avalanche classes for Exum Mountain Guides in the Tetons. Come spring she’s off to the Eastern Sierra to ply her craft guiding alpine climbing and ski touring south of Mammoth for International Alpine Guides. Then, in the summer, she’s back in Jackson working as field ecologist in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Wherever she goes, Nancy speaks to the trees.
A Walk on the Wildlands Side
As the executive director of Winter Wildlands Alliance (WWA), Todd Walton’s latest efforts focus on advocating for the very places and experiences he’s known throughout his career. In this episode, Walton dishes on WWA’s latest efforts, the Biden administration, “skiing kind” and the radical changes in winter recreation.
The Future of Ski Media
November 20 was a sad day for the ski community. It was the day POWDER magazine officially halted operations after 49 years of production. It was a staggering turn for the magazine many feel influenced the sport like no other. Among those reflecting on the loss are former editor-in-chief Steve Casimiro, former associate editor Mike Rogge and former interns Ingrid Backstrom and Adam Howard. The four look into the crystal ball to see what the future looks like without POWDER.
Great skiing podcast
Really love it. The host strikes great balance giving the guests time to talk and asks interesting questions. Please keep rolling it out. Update: it only gets better with new episodes. GB
I’m just a normal backcountry skier in N.W. Washington, I love to get out bi-weekly, been doing it since the early 90’s. Love to here Hattrops reasons for his staying involved. Still have the sticker on my gear at work “Rondonnae is French for Can’t tele”. Still have a pair of leather Merrill Ultras in the gear room. Keep up the great Podcasts