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 these experienced snow safety teams having so much trouble forecasting these events?”

A large skier triggered avalanche in the CB backcountry!

A large skier triggered avalanche in the CB backcountry!

All around the industry words of caution are being issued. It’s not that we have never seen these types of lingering instability here in Colorado, but snow safety teams from all around the country have been surprised. Lingering instability is a common characteristic of a Continental snowpack that we have here in Colorado, however in Maritime and Intermountain snowpacks this type of complex instability is quite uncommon… The video below is an accident report of a skier triggered avalanche from the Utah Avalanche Center on a 32 degree slope!

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Another avalanche course (a very popular item, and rightly so) starts this evening. Crested Butte Mountain Guides and Mountain Pro have avalanche courses running throughout the winter. Remember that if our course schedule doesn’t suit your needs, contact us to arrange a custom course.

I was reminded today to remember that “Most complex problems have complex causes, and no single factor can explain it all” – Zachary Shore from Blunder: Why Smart People Make Bad Decisions”.

Join me in an avalanche course for an introduction into the complex world of decision making in avalanche terrain.

Mike Bromberg

Mike Bromberg