This week in the western U.S., slab avalanches are a widespread concern for skiers and riders heading into the backcountry. With high winds affecting regions from Colorado to California and all the way north to Montana, near and above tree line skiing is a potentially dangerous proposition.
Alpenglow Mountain Festival 2017: A snowy winter brings more backcountry events and the Telluride Mountain Film Festival
From February 18 through 26, the fourth annual Alpenglow Mountain Festival, hosted by Alpenglow Sports, will take place in Tahoe City, Calif. The festival is host to touring clinics, AIARE avalanche courses, yoga workshops and much more. And for the first time, the festival will be showcasing the Telluride Mountain Film, playing nightly.
High winds and a combination of surface and deep snowpack instabilities keep rearing their heads and elevating the avalanche danger to high. This week is a time to play it safe.
This week, avalanche danger in the west requires a heightened awareness of terrain management. With surface hoar buried under new snow in many locations, and high winds accompanying many storm systems in the last few days, storm slabs are just waiting to be triggered.
On the cover of the January Community Issue is skier and explorer Chad Sayers, buried deep in the powder of Whistler, B.C., where he currently resides. A native Canadian, Sayers was born and raised in British Columbia and still carries with him a love of the mountains of Western Canada.
Recent avalanche danger trends continue into this week with new snowfall across the west putting added stress on snowpack stability.
In a recent trip with a group of close friends to Greenland, Ben Tibbetts looked to the new navigational tools created by the company FATMAP to help him locate appropriate objectives and ski first descents.
Cleaning tech wear is more intricate than washing dirty ski socks, however, since generic detergents can harm certain synthetics and leave outerwear less waterproof.
The avalanche forecast for this week presents a small reprieve from last week’s alarming ratings. But even though conditions might not be extreme, dangers still lurk in the snowpack across the Western U.S.
As the Western U.S. is doused in feet of new snow, avy danger is heightening, resulting in ratings ranging from considerable to extreme avy danger. While fresh powder is always alluring on some level, this is one of those times where playing it safe and staying away from slopes steeper than 30 degrees is the best option. Instead of taking on high risk, go drink a coffee and read a good book. Live to play another day.