Backcountry Skiing/Riding

more pow!

Skied some great crested butte backcountry snow with the Arc'teryx Arrakis 40 backpack.

sorry for the delay…

Sometimes I have new and exciting products to blog about like the BD justice ski, or new techniques and research regarding avalanche forecasting. Other times, I leave the interwebs behind and I’m just too psyched on life to spend all that time in front of the computer. The best part about my job(s) are that...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...