We’re better than ever at understanding the dangers of avalanches. So why can’t we avoid them? Kate Siber/High Country News All morning, I’d heard the roar of sloughs rocketing down cliffs as I skied up a mountain in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Now, standing at the summit with my six friends and our two guides, … Continue reading Can human judgment handle avalanches?
It is patently obvious the 2020/2021 winter will be vastly different than the start of the 2019 season. We all know how the season came to an end in March 2020 with the closure of all ski resorts across the country as they succumbed to the pandemic. While we still continue to battle the pandemic … Continue reading Backcountry Avalanche Awareness Vol. 2
Avalanche Awareness - Part 2: Colorado has seen a significant amount of avalanches since the start of the 2019/2020 season. This has been brought about by early snowfall followed by two large systems that passed through Colorado around the Thanksgiving holiday. The storms produced large enough amounts of snow to settle on very weak layers … Continue reading Avalanche Awareness – Part 2
The 2019 snow season kicked into high gear early this year allowing many ski resorts across the american west to open early than scheduled. The 2018/2019 winter proved to be historic in the number of avalanches that occurred in the state of Colorado. But what do you need to know when you venture beyond the … Continue reading Backcountry Avalanche Awareness 2019
I am sharing a recent post from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center from their Instagram page. We have seen unprecedented avalanche activity over the course of the last month and really since the first snowfall of the season. Our friends at the Colorado Avalanche Information Center provide us with information to make informed decisions throughout … Continue reading Historic Colorado Avalanche Activity
Despite avalanche danger warnings in Colorado Thursday, an Empire man was backcountry skiing with friends near Jones Pass in Clear Creek County when an avalanche buried and killed him, authorities say. The name of the deceased skier has not been released. He was the seventh person killed by avalanches this season. A group of people was skiing… … Continue reading Colorado backcountry skier dies in avalanche near Jones Pass
There is a dirty little secret in the world of backcountry skiing and avalanche safety. It has to do with death, danger and the risks that even experts sometimes Source: False sense of security: Avalanches pose dangers even to backcountry experts Link to: Backcountry Avalanche Awareness