Gear Review Policy

Wild Snow gear review policy

For the most part, only reviews gear which our reviewers use and like. We are an independent journalistic operation and the only business association we have with any publications or equipment companies is when they advertise with us. We do not trade advertising for gear. All our advertising is paid for with cash and we make every effort to separate our advertising sales operation from our editorial operation.

We also publish articles known as “FAQs” (Frequently Asked Questions). While our FAQs may include recommendations, they are not gear reviews and are not intended as a blanket endorsement for or recommendation against a given product. Most of the material on this website is written by Louis Dawson, while Lou enjoys the support of industry sponsors, he only accepts support involving products that he likes, and will only endorse and review products he uses and likes. The same goes for other individuals published on this website. In a word,you can trust our gear reviews since unless stated otherwise we simply review products we use and recommend.

Compliance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has proposed guidelines for endorsements and recommendations on the web. (The European Union has issued similar rules.) This statement is in compliance with the proposed rule FTC 16 CFR Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

No author on this website is payed to write by a gear company. None of the products that authors on this website have written about, reviewed or endorsed were paid endorsements. Some products we review have been purchased at retail, some at a reduced price, some are on loan, and some were received for free.

Welcome to Louis (Lou) Dawson's backcountry skiing information opinion website and e magazine. Lou's passion for the past 45 years has been alpinism, climbing, mountaineering and skiing -- along with all manner of outdoor recreation. He has authored numerous books and articles about backcountry skiing and is well known as the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, otherwise known as the Fourteeners! Books and free back country news and information here, and tons of Randonnee rando telemark info.

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Backcountry skiing is a dangerous sport. You may be killed or severely injured if you do any form of ski mountaineering, skimo randonnee and randonnée skiing. The information and news on this website is intended only as general information. While the authors and editors of the information on this website make every effort to present useful information about ski mountaineering, due to human error the information, text and images contained within this website may be inaccurate, false, or out-of-date. By using, reading or viewing the information provided on this website, you agree to absolve the owners of Wild Snow as well as content contributors of any liability for injuries or losses incurred while using such information. Furthermore, you agree to use any of this website's information, maps, photos, or binding mounting instructions or templates at your own risk, and waive Wild Snow its owners and contributors of any liability for use of said items for backcountry skiing or any other use.

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