Avatech to Offer SP2 Probe, Web and Mobile Updates

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Avatech, the maker of avalanche safety tools, plans to offer an updated Smartprobe this winter, alongside updates to their Avanet web platform. The Park City, Utah-based startup of MIT whiz kids launched their brand last fall with a smartprobe, dubbed the SP1, and their Avanet observation-sharing website.

Photo Gallery: Endless Spring

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“May finally brought massive amounts of snow and winter weather to Colorado,” says Boulder-based photographer Fredrik Marmsater. Numerous upslope storms filled in the Front Range, bringing the snowpack from low-tide conditions to around 150-percent of normal. For his part, Marmsater calls it one of the best springs in recent memory.

BC Banter: Avy Closes Independence Pass, Centennial Skiers Complete 100th Descent and Colorado Cancels Summer

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Avalanche Temporarily Closes Independence Pass LAKE COUNTY, COLO. An avalanche occurred just east of the Independence Pass summit on Tuesday, May 26, according to 9News. The slide, which resulted from a cornice fall, closed the road in both directions and was cleared by the Colorado Department of Transportation. On Thursday afternoon, another slide closed the Pass […]

Photo Gallery: Colorado’s Deepest Month

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“Since the beginning of May, parts of Colorado have received over three feet of new snow, especially at higher elevations,” says Front Range-based photographer Casey Day. And, he adds, after a winter filled with hit-or-miss storms, skiers are rejoicing across Colorado and fully embracing mid-winter powder conditions in the backcountry this spring. “Multiday upslope storms rolled in one after the next, providing endless supply of moisture. We always seem to have great conditions in the spring here in Colorado, but it’s been years since we’ve had this much snow this late in the season.” Here’s a gallery from Colorado’s deep May, as seen through Casey Day’s lens.

Mt. Moran Avalanche Claims Two

Mt. Moran from Jackson Lake. The Sickle Couloir drops from looker's right of the summit ridge. [Photo] Tyler Cohen

An avalanche on Sunday on Mt. Moran, Wyo. claimed its second life late Tuesday night. According to the Jackson Hole New and Guide, Stephen Adamson Jr. died at 10:34 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. Jackson resident Luke Lynch, 39, died in the Sunday avalanche.

The Kickstep Project: Chapter Three

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Here’s the third installment of photographer Greg Stafford’s Kickstep Project, a three-part video series documenting Alaskan locals’ quest for powder in a dismal snow year. In the third chapter, The West Ridge, a group of five skiers head back to Kickstep Mountain, where they find and rip the turns they’ve been looking for all winter. The Kickstep Project […]

The Kickstep Project: Chapter Two

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This winter in Alaska brought warm temperatures and notably low snowfall and snowpack, and as a result, finding skiable terrain proved more of a challenge than in years past. For a group of locals, however, steep lines and accessible terrain were simply a seven-mile skin away. Turnagain Pass, located south of Anchorage in the Chugach National Forest, boasted stable and enough […]

BC Banter: Snow Returns to the West, Avy Fatality on Beehive Peak, Mont., Davenport In Hall of Fame, Austrian Man Survives 10 Hours in Avy, Teton Valley Locals Die in Plane Crash, Arc’teryx Begins defineFEMININE Contest

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Snow Returns to the West As winter winds down on the East Coast, the Western U.S. received some serious end-of-the-season snowfall this week. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning through Saturday for Western Colo., with expected accumulation of 12-24 inches. In Utah, Alta is reporting 34 inches of new snow, and Snowbird […]

The Kickstep Project: Chapter One

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This winter marked one of the warmest winters in Alaska’s history, and while it’s one for the books, the temperatures should come as no surprise. In the past 50 years, Alaskan temperatures have increased by an average of 3.4°F, and winter warming has increased by 6.4°F, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And with temperatures on the […]

Backcountry Basecamp: Smugglers’ Notch Dispatch

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Smugglers’ Notch skiers across northern Vermont might be calling in sick today after the weekend wrapped up in rowdy fashion. As temperatures crept into the 60s, the grills and Adirondack chairs came out in Lot 1 to close out the final day of the final stop of the Backcountry Basecamp, this time presented by GORE-TEX, Mammut, Voilé and AIARE.

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