Avalanche Safety
We are the Crested Butte Avalanche Center

We are the Crested Butte Avalanche Center

The snowpack in the Crested Butte Backcountry right now isn’t exactly the stuff dreams are made of, so over the past few weeks I’ve immersed myself into making a short documentary type film for the Crested Butte Avalanche Center. The community of Crested Butte is comprised of some of the most caring, compassionate and supportive...

AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course

Documenting a SWAG standard avalanche observation Mountain Pro and IFMGA mountain guide Steve Banks will be instructing an AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course March 21-24 based in Vail, CO. Spaces are still available in this high level course. Course cost is $400.00 and includes and AIARE Field Notebook and an AIARE Level II Course Manual....

Avalanche Observations Febraury 22, 2010

While I was away last weekend teaching Colorado Mountain College’s Level 2 avalanche course, between two and five feet of snow fell in the Crested Butte Backcountry. Today was a brilliant bluebird morning, so we went up to have a look at all this new snow and maybe do a little bit of skiing. Below...

please stand by.

A truly great course this weekend out here in CB. I’ve been busy (avy course, forecasting, long ski today, guiding ice tomorrow) and just wanted to remind the internet that I will update with something interesting soon enough… By the way, March 19-22 I will be teaching an AIARE Level II avalanche course here in...

Join me this weekend for an AIARE avalanche course.

Every single Crested Butte Mountain Guides’ level I avalanche course this season has filled to capacity. The weather is warm and the snow is good, so what are you waiting for? Join me this weekend Feb 27- March 1 for an AIARE Level I avalanche course in Crested Butte. I will be teaching this course...

CMC Ice Block week one and two

Students Climbing Chalk Falls near Leadville It’s been an extremely busy few weeks for me teaching a CMC twelve day Ice Climbing Leadership Block in Leadville, Vail and Lake City. This unique program is schedule with one 3 day weekend, then two 4-day sessions. I know the snow has probably been spectacular in CB, but...

Snow Science Article from the NY Times

A $2 million “cold lab” financed primarily by the National Science Foundation and the Murdock Charitable Trust and completed here in November allows Dr. Adams to replicate and control the uncontrollable field conditions of mountains in winter and understand in detail how snow behaves under widely varying conditions. The goal is to be better able...

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...