Backcountry Skiing/Riding

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...

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...

More internet waste from OR…

It’s like spending four days straight in a giant big-box outdoor store. Interesting at first, but a good reminder that I truly don’t have what it takes to make a career out of retail sales. Anyways, here are some highlights from the show. TetonAT and Wildsnow.com both have some good posts of their take on...

Ski Review: SkiTrab duo Sintesi

Stats Skis (make/model): 2007-2008 Ski Trab Duo Sintesi Dimensions: 105/102-73-89 Weight per pair: 5.0lbs/pair Size Tested: 171 Tester’s Name: Mike Bromberg Tester’s Weight: 155 Bindings: Dynafit TLT Classic Boots: Garmont Megaride Testing Notes A lightweight ski with a wood core, it is immediately apparent that the Sintesi is of European ski touring origin. I had...