The Backbush

By:  Greg
February 16, 2014 8:33 am | Category: Quick Update, Skiing, WebiGNARs

We’re tired of the normal schuss lingo. Unless you live to do and say the exact same thing everyone else does, it’s boring to hear everyone using the same words to describe their pointless (but no doubt enjoyable) endeavors in the mountains.

“Skiing/boarding”? Meh… let’s call them SCHUSSIN‘!

“Itinerary”? Yawn… let’s call it the group’s ALGORITHM.

“Changeover” (from skins to skis)? PEMDAS. (Seen here is The Curmudgeon nailing his PEMDAS)
nailed PEMDAS

But among all the tired terms I’m thoroughly through hearing is “BACKCOUNTRY.” There’s magazines. There’s retailers. There’s websites. There’s wannabe websites. There’s too many bros at Piecasso telling me about the Nair they shredded in the backcountry.

Enough. On FIS it’s now BACKBUSH schussin.

Where’d the term come from? Well, we were drinking Mountain Bruises with The Curmudgeon’s father one Friday night, and he asked us if we were going out to schuss the backbush on Saturday. Yes… yes were were going to schuss the backbush.
schussing backbush

The puns are better if you call it backbush.
the puns are better

(think about it)
backbush skiing

The snow is deeper if you call it backbush.
backbush schussin

The hits are better in the #backbush

And when you get out of the backbush expect to be covered in white goodness.

Yes, the town plow guy decided he doesn’t like anyone schussin his backbush, so he buried our car.


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  1. Adrian
    wrote on February 16th, 2014 at 5:00 pm  

    Awesome! Love the desaturated look of these pics!

    • Greg
      wrote on February 17th, 2014 at 10:33 am  

      nice. glad it “worked” for your well-trained eye.

      it’s dark in the backbush… and going for big colors in every shot isn’t going to work

    • Gravity Fed Media
      wrote on February 23rd, 2014 at 1:16 pm  

      …the photos are less saturated in the backbush

  2. Hardy
    wrote on February 16th, 2014 at 7:36 pm  

    What a beauty! Gotta find a solution to the parking, plow guy is bummed. Been approaching from the east lately. Kinda far but with the state plowed pull out and all… Pic 3 = Bigfoot?

    • Greg
      wrote on February 16th, 2014 at 8:41 pm  

      yeah that might be it. or just off the driving portion of the VT state highway… it’s legal in VT. just like the backbush.

      pic 3=big schuss

  3. B
    wrote on February 16th, 2014 at 8:40 pm  
    • Greg
      wrote on February 16th, 2014 at 8:40 pm  

      “refreshingly dirty”


  4. bushman
    wrote on February 17th, 2014 at 9:28 am  

    good stuff. I use “bushwhacking” cause that’s what happens in stuff so deep can’t turn where intended which triggers whacks & scrapes across from those disrepectful resilient backbushes wompin on an intruder, but no matter, it’s worth.Wear those scrapes with pride leaning sippin a local lager. Thx takin and sharin new words & pics. I’m sure u packed a shovel in the Jeep.

    • Greg
      wrote on February 17th, 2014 at 10:38 am  

      u might be confounding terms bushman

      backbush=backcountry (noun; not the frontbush)

      backbush skiing=backcountry skiing (verb; to schuss the backbush)

      bushwhacking=backbushpounding (verb; requisite activity to access the backbush)

    • bushman
      wrote on February 18th, 2014 at 8:05 am  

      Greg: thanks for distinguishing BB, FB, BBS, BBP from BW; wrote codes on my sleeve for future reference; hope ur getting new stuff today; share it pls

    • Greg
      wrote on February 22nd, 2014 at 5:04 pm  


  5. B
    wrote on February 18th, 2014 at 3:38 am  

    Please consider visiting our sponsors: Viagra, Nair, and BackCONTRY MAG (Love to Jeff) before heading into backbush solo. Damn. 5 hours till lifts spin. Peace out busherpushers.

    • Anonymous
      wrote on March 7th, 2014 at 2:12 pm  

      i think those were jokes not real sponsorships

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