Posts tagged "Backcountry Skiing"

Crested Butte’s Maroon Bells Wilderness

Our meager Colorado snowpack is dwindling, and unfortunately I chose this April to stay here in Crested Butte and make the most our spring ski opportunities. I guess I can chalk it up to bad luck after an excellent winter chasing powder… Anyhow, last week Josh Hirshberg and I ventured deep into the Maroon Bells-Snowmass...

Selkirk Video Trip Report

Just pure unadulterated powder skiing in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. choking on deep powder in the Selkirks. January 2012. During this trip, I alternated between the Kästle Skis BMX 128 (for big open terrain) and the FX 104 (for when I wanted just a little more snow in the face) both skis...
Crested Butte Skiing

Crested Butte Skiing

Been skiing hard the past few weeks… Between guiding work at CS Irwin and the odd day off here and there, the ski season in CB has been great. I’m packing for Norway and getting things dialed in for the Northern Lights Ski Mountaineering with Northern Alpine Guides. More sorting and packing…
tips for successfull skinning

tips for successfull skinning

Having introduced many beginning backcountry skiers and riders to the world of ascending on skis, I’m consistently reminded that there are a few foundational principles that are essential throughout the process of becoming a competent “skinner”. Our climbing skins are yet another piece of mountain equipment that was delivered without an appropriate instruction manual, but...

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...

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...