Responding to one of the worst avalanche seasons on record, a growing number of backcountry skiers are developing tools to help fellow adventurers move more safely through the snowy mountains. The innovation feels especially urgent after last season, when 37 skiers, climbers and snowmobilers were killed in avalanches nationwide, including 12 in Colorado. The 2021-22 […]
Peace in powder as snowcat operator drops lawsuit targeting former guide’s book about Buffalo Pass
The bickering between Steamboat Powdercats and a publisher of an upcoming guidebook has ended in powder-loving peace. Author Stephen Bass and his publisher, Andy Sovick, have agreed that their upcoming guidebook for Buffalo Pass will not include the names of runs and locations used by Steamboat Powdercats, which has shepherded skiing clients around Buffalo Pass […]
Are Colorado’s backcountry skiing stashes “trade secrets”? A snowcat outfitter suing a former guide claims they are.
Stephen Bass approached Andy Sovick last year with a plan for writing a guide to snowmobile-access skiing around one of the most popular backcountry destinations in Colorado: Buffalo Pass near Steamboat Springs. Bass, a ski patroller at Utah’s Powder Mountain ski area and a guide for two seasons with Steamboat Powdercats, said the book would […]