Category Archives: Skiing

How to Choose The Right Backcountry Ski or Snowboarding Backpack

Picture of two guys climbing a snowy rock wall with their skis attached to their packs

By: Mike Harrelson

Whether you’re a seasoned backcountry skier, devoted splitboarder, intrepid cross-country skier, peak seeking ski mountaineer, or front country (chairlift-access) rider who wants to be well prepared for consequential terrain and deep snow along the boundaries, MYSTERY RANCH has an ideal backpack for you. Or, if you’re just getting started in the transcendent pursuit of backcountry skiing, we can help you sort through the various pack-related considerations and simplify your selection process.

Here at our Bozeman, Montana HQ, we take backcountry skiing seriously and have been developing purpose-built packs for our snow shredding passion for decades.

Fortunately, for us, winter made an unusually early arrival this season. It’s not our average September when we’re making legit powder turns (on a consolidated three-foot base!) a month before Halloween. As we scramble to swap out our mountain biking and rock climbing kits –to ready our backcountry skiing gear –it prompts a timely question: What is the right (best?) backpack for skiing or backcountry snowboarding?


Front Country: Backpacks for Chairlift-Accessed Touring and Turns

Are you primarily doing hot laps on the ski area boundary where you just need the basics: a shovel, probe, H20, spare goggles, Cliff® … READ MORE >

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Kyle Taylor Profile : Implement Productions

Our friend Phil Baribeau just launched his new site, Implement Productions.  Check out his profile on Mystery Ranch Athlete, Kyle Taylor.

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Athlete Steve Popovich 2011-2012 Ski Edit

Athlete Steve Popovich shreds. Hard. Watch his full 2012 season edit here!

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Ski RV Video – Road Trip to Revelstoke



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Freeskiing World Tour Photos

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Freeskiing World Tour in Revelostoke!  Here are a few shots from our very own Meg Haywood Sullivan. Thanks again Meg.  For full coverage, follow this link:

The next stop on the tour travels to our neck of the woods.  Good luck to everyone at round 4 of the tour, at Moonlight Basin, Montana.

Poppin new Saddle Peak colors..


Finally, somewhere has snow this winter…


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Get Powder Blasted!

Who: You

What: The 13th Annual Powder Blast

Where: The Emerson Center for Arts and Culture

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, October 28

Why: Fabulous Mexican fare, Lone Peak brewskies and live music by The Sierra Padres – all to raise some dough for the Friends of Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center. Why the heck not?

Tickets: Get ’em at Northern Lights Trading Company, Timber Trails in Livingston, Grizzly Outfitters in Big Sky, or right here.

Cost: $30 per person.

We’re stoked to be a major sponsor of this event. Thanks Friends of the Avalanche Center!… READ MORE >

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Perfect Moments of Shred

Be there: The VAST GAllery, 410 N. Broadway, Bozeman. Next to the Bozeman Brewery.

When: Thursday, September 19th, 7 to 11 p.m.

Why: Mystery Ranch is proud to sponsor “Perfect Moments of Shred,” a photo fundraiser for the Aaron Robinson Plant a Seed Foundation. The night of snowboarding-inspired photographs will be a celebration of the life of Aaron Robinson, a Montana-based snowboarder who died while snowboarding in Chile this summer.

The show will feature a curated collection of iconic photographs from the snowboard world that have never been available for public purchase, until now. This limited edition series features work by the following internationally respected photographers: Jeff Curtes, Tim Zimmerman, Andy Wright, Mike Yoshida, Jenna Low, Scott Serfas, Oli Gagnon, Liam Gallagher, Colin Wiseman Scott Sullivan, Frode Sandbech, Reid Morth, Matt Georges and Chris Owen.

Proceeds from the event will Benefit the Aaron Robinson Plant a Seed Foundation, a Whitefish Based non-profit started after Aaron’s untimely death, which will help carry out Aaron’s dream of providing underprivileged children the opportunity to experience a passion and love for snowboarding.

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Moving In… the Timelapse!

Dana Gleason and Luke Buckingham at the Official Ribbon and Tie Cutting Ceremony!

Moving into a brand new building this January was quite the event!  We captured the three day process through the camera lens… it only took 10,369 photos stitched together to make this video!… READ MORE >

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Ryan Walters 2011, 80s Cult tribute: Bridger Brigade Productions

Ryan Walters recently sent us this Video that breaks down his 2010/2011 Skiing Season… it’s worth checking out… a few times!


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Georgia on my mind….

There's a reason they're called "Aviators"

Georgia is a curious place, especially for the mountain-minded. Not the Georgia of peaches and the American South. This is the Republic of Georgia that straddles Europe and Asia, the Georgia of the former USSR, the Georgia that’s home to the Caucasus Mountains: an incredibly unique East-West range of nearly endless, and largely unexplored, vertical. These mountains are a 200 mile long, 50 mile wide spine, cranking to Mt. Elbrus’ heaven-brushing 18,510 ft., that draws a sharp topographical line between the Black and Caspian seas. It was the idea of these mountains that inspired a team of Bozeman-based buddies to plan–and execute–the ski trip of dreams. Imagine: a stopover in Istanbul; mountain travel by old Soviet-era cargo helicopter; cocktails and turns with the President of the country; a beach day on the Black Sea; a swing through Engelberg on the way home; days upon days of pillow lines; exploring a strange and new place, of deeply embedded history and geography.

We were so impressed by the vision of this trip that we outfitted the guys with both prototype and production Mystery Ranch packs, to help them safely on their way. Sometimes, the best way … READ MORE >

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