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Avalanche and Backcountry Ski Equipment List

Rescue Equipment: Avalanche probe Collapsible shovel (metal blade recommended) Avalanche transceiver (457 kHz frequency only. Digital or analogue) Cell phone or two-way radio (OPTIONAL) Personal Equipment: Clothing for activities and standing in cold/snowy weather (no cotton) long underwear insulating layers outer layer (wind/waterproof) warm gloves, mitts, headband, and hat Goggles and sunglasses Small personal first...

Tip for a Cleaner Field Notebook!

One of the best things about teaching avalanche courses is the ability to discuss new methods, personal techniques and develop new methodology for making decisions in the snow. Here is a great tip that I picked up from one of my fellow instructors Adam Brown. This tip relates to identifying (and recording) weak layers within...

New Black Diamond Justice Skis

Back of the class geek-out session, ‘preparing’ for my Terrain lesson I came across this new Black Diamond ski gear for 09/10. Posted by Steve Romeo over on Teton AT here… The justice boards look like they will be the answer and a good compromise on ‘fun’ shapes. Not too outrageosuly huge, still big enough...

Headed to Leadville…

I’ve had a great couple of days of teaching some truly motivated and inspired students in two very different activities. On Friday, fellow Crested Butte Mountain Guide Ian Hatchett and I made the short drive down to the Lake City Ice Park to teach an Ice Climbing Instructor course for the Wilderness Persuits program at...

Northwest Avalanche News!

Major rain on snow event contributing to HUGE climax avalanches. While we know that it is rare to have avalanches on slopes less than 30 degrees in steepness, wet avalanches are the exception. —> check out this video of the wet carnage at Snoqualmie! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCjdCwdmVOM] Here is the link to the news report with more...

New G3 Alpine Touring Binding and Video Account of Fernie Avalanche Accident

I had a great time with a small local group on a private level I avalanche course this past weekend. It’s not every course that we get the kind of mountain athletes that this group was comprised of, and as a result we were able to access some excellent avalanche terrain in our local backcountry....

More BC avalanche fatalities… this time in Whistler.

It has happened again… Here is the latest from BC. One in-bounds and one out-of-bounds as the tally of unfortunate avalanche incidents continues to rise. I’ve been chatting it up with other forecasters, guides and snow pros around the area.  I always ask “What is it that is so different this season?” and “Why are...

Backcountry Snowboarding in CB

The past few days have been absolutely phenominal around here sunny skies, warm temperatures, great snow and great guests to surf some of the local pow stashes. I don’t often get the opportunity to get out riding with an exclusively splitboarding group, and I must say I had a blast the past few days riding...

spooky snowpack- check out the New Propagation tests

Those of you who have been following the news lately have likely noticed the alarming amount of avalanche accidents both in-bounds and in the backcountry. The weak layers that seem to be plaguing the mountain west are undoubtedly contributing to restless nights of sleep for the nation’s snow professionals. I don’t know about you all,...