Powder Magazine| 10 Feet in 3 Days?!
State Of The Backcountry
by Brennan Lagasse
1w ago
  It’s difficult to imagine being blown away by anything snow related after last year’s record snowfall totals. Houses were buried, bodies ached from the constant cycle of shovel, ski, shovel, shovel, ski….   This year started off slow until the early March forecast honed in on Tahoe. 5-10 feet in three days was hard to even imagine. When it rolled in, the roads were bare, dirt showing in spots and decks dry to the wood.   Powder caption: Brennan Lagasse finds a line out of his buried front door in Tahoma into a perfect pick up powder scenario. My caption: Our house went from s ..read more
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Professor and backcountry ski guide Brennan Lagasse explores the conflicts between outdoor recreation and sustainability, providing tips for getting outside as an environmental advocate
State Of The Backcountry
by Brennan Lagasse
1w ago
The roots. Mom taking me skiing in the early days at either Pico or Killington, VT. Thanks Mom! An interview on sustainable recreation with UNR at Lake Tahoe: Brennan Lagasse is a teaching assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe. He teaches courses across departments and programs through a holistic approach grounded in sustainability education. In Fall 2024, he will be teaching the Sociology of Climate Change as part of the semester-long Sustainability Certificate program.   Beyond his role as a teaching assistant professor, Lagasse is also a backc ..read more
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Arctic Refuge Slide Show @Patagonia Reno 2/8/24 7pm with Ming Poon and Supporting Informed Experiences 501(c)(3)
State Of The Backcountry
by Brennan Lagasse
2M ago
Excited to share the stage with my good friend and standout photographer, Ming Poon sharing photos, videos, and stories from our trip to the Arctic Refuge last summer. Details here and below, I hope you can make it ..read more
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Mountain Gazette #200 Palm Springs Shralpinism
State Of The Backcountry
by Brennan Lagasse
2M ago
Written by Jeremy Jones, Photos by Ming Poon. It’s hard to communicate just how fun and special this trip to Southern California was with Jer, Ming and Dostie. I had always wanted to nail a few of the obscure, standout lines in Southern California. It’s generally too hard to bypass the Eastern Sierra, but last winter a window opened and the four of us were able to ride an unforgettable wave across Death Valley, Palm Springs, and L.A. Check out the story in the latest Mountain Gazette, hats off to the team over there for putting such a rad print mag together! Walking into the Palm Springs Tram ..read more
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DREAMY LINES AND PERFECT POLAR POWDER IN BAFFIN ISLAND
State Of The Backcountry
by Brennan Lagasse
4M ago
L-R: Jeff Dostie, Ryan Delena, Brennan Lagasse, and Vivian Bruchez after skiing the Polar Star Couloir. A recount of the Baffin Dream trip from last Spring in the latest Tahoe Quarterly.   Also worth 33 minutes of your time is Ryan’s edit from our trip.   A few more shots from instagram here and here.   Unlimited thanks to the whole team for making this dream happen! Also to the partners that supported me, especially Flylow, Alpenglow Sports, and Praxis Skis, as well as Tecnica Sports, Black Diamond Equipment, Hestra, Intuition Liners, Shred Optics, Mountain Flow, 40 Below, and ..read more
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A Favorite Photo and Ski Line | Nice to Ski You Quartet & Travel Guide
State Of The Backcountry
by Brennan Lagasse
5M ago
Deep, stable powder in the all-time classic, Super C Couloir. Portillo, Chile. Skier: Jillian Raymond The Super C Couloir. This photo captures a true classic of a line in all-time conditions. This stands as one of my favorite days in the special ski center that is Portillo, Chile. I had skied the line a few times before, with each descent being memorable, but this was the one. It’s also one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken, with one of my favorite ski partners, Jillian Raymond. Stoked to see it land in the @nicetoskiyou card package that spotlights 32 classic ski lines from around the wor ..read more
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Arctic Refuge Slideshow 10/18/24 Tahoe City, CA 730pm
State Of The Backcountry
by Brennan Lagasse
6M ago
The Sacred Place Where Life Begins: Stories and Adventures from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge   Brennan Lagasse has been traveling to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for over a decade. This past summer, a dream trip years in the making was realized when local Tahoe college students from Sierra Nevada College, alongside past and present community members, joined Brennan in the heart of the Arctic Refuge for an adventure envisioned by Iñupiat Elder Robert Thompson. Starting in the Neets’aii Gwich’in community of Arctic Village, Alaska, the group quickly comes to understand the sig ..read more
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It’s time to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by KAYLA HEIDENREICH
State Of The Backcountry
by Brennan Lagasse
6M ago
*If you visit the Informed Experiences page you’ll see several examples of student work I have highlighted from our field work over the years in the Arctic Refuge. Kayala was once a student in my sustainability classes, graduated as valedictorian, and today continues to use her experience and voice to advocate for Arctic Refuge protection. This is a piece she wrote for CDN:   ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE — Silver clouds speckle the denim blue sky as the sun peeks out from behind a mountain. Spotlights of orange hues hit the rigid peaks as a dusting of fog settles atop the lake.   ..read more
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Summer Music Reviews
State Of The Backcountry
by Brennan Lagasse
6M ago
A brilliant show and a really fun assignment to review for Glide, Dead & Company’s last show (a couple of shots from the stands),     and a review with photos from one of the four Madison Square Garden (MSG) Phish shows I was able to catch earlier this month here. On the trails and in the skin track, it’s the soundtrack of life…photos shot for Glide Magazine:   Trey Anastasio, MSG, NY, 8/1/23   Jon Fishman, MSG, NY, 8/1/23   Phish, MSG, NY, 8/1/23   ..read more
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The siren is Silenced!
State Of The Backcountry
by Brennan Lagasse
6M ago
  Paula Smith, Mika Raymond Lagasse, and Washoe youth out mountain biking with Michelle Parker. Following up from last month’s post, during this time to celebrate silence, it’s important to share  that with energy that might have had to continue going to fight the siren as a racist relic from the settler-colonial era, energy can now be better allocated to healing and joyful projects such as Washiw Zulshish Goom Tahn and especially the work of Paula Smith and her Washoe Youth Sports, Cultural & Outdoor Expedition Program. The photos shared in this post come from First Track Produc ..read more
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