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AIARE Level 1 Hut Course

The saga continues for the winter 2008/2009 snowpack here in Crested Butte. Persistent weak layers, basal facets, natural avalanches and HIGH avalanche danger for over a week now. We saw the sun for a few hours yesterday, but it seems like we’re going to continue to receive heavy snowfall. As the skeptical students rolled in...

Stop snowing already!

It has been snowing in Crested Butte for what seems like over a week straight now. Too much of a good thing. With all this snow the avalanche danger has been HIGH for about a week. There have been accidents, close calls, zero visibility, shoveling, more shoveling, skiing low angle powder, and a little complaining....

Compression Test

Avalanche Courses start tonight for me, so I thought I’d share a quick video of a compression test (at least the second 2/3 of one).  A compression test is likely the most common of  all bonding tests used when evaluating snow stability. This test is best utilized to a) confirm or deny what you already...

Decemeber 9th in the Backcountry

The Backcountry ski season seems to be finally here. While many of the tours that are accessible from town are really quite thin still, a little mechanized assistance (if you into that kind of thing) will get you the goods. Yesterday, Jayson Simons-Jones owner of Crested Butte Mountain Guides and I headed west from town...

CBMG Winter Backcountry Ski Guide Training

It’s that time again. I’ve been avoiding skiing in the thin and somewhat sketchy early season snow, but when duty calls I’ll tough it out for a day with CB’s finest. After the first 100 meters of skinning or so, I felt right at home psyched and ready for winter. Being a very small and...

Crested Butte Avalanche Center Opens for season

While the CBAC has been open since November 17th, I’m finding myself getting into my winter routine with the new snowfall. My normal winter routine consists of hopping on the computer first thing in the morning and checking the avalanche bulletin over on the CBAC website.  Being a forecaster myself, although very part-time this year, I...

Flat land ski mountaineering training.

I’m out in Minnesota for Thanksgiving with my partner’s family, not missing much as there is really no snow back home. I’ve been keeping myself busy with some flat-land training pain. In my on again- off again training regiment, I’ve become enamored with pain inducing programs derived from the Cross-fit program. While crossfit doesn’t exactly...

Mountain Guides on Holiday

I had the pleasure of spending the past weekend in the company of two of america’s finest mountain guides, UIAGM guides Geoff Unger and Jeff Banks. While there technically is snow here in CB, I’ve never really been a big fan of core-shots in my skis from the thin ‘snowpack’. I decided to do something...

Winter is here (kindof)

I’ve been seriously slacking on the blogs as of late, but the last few months have been fairly hectic. First I was in Canada for the CAA Level II Avalanche course- which was far and away the best classroom sessions that I have ever attended. Followed by the ISSW, which was nice and informative as...