Avalanche Safety

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...

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,...

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...