Solo skier dies in Bridger Range, Mont. avalanche

Yesterday, February 26, a skier was caught and killed in an avalanche in the Bridger Range outside Bozeman, Montana.The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center (GNFAC) reports that the victim, who has not yet been identified, was carried around 1,000 feet. At this time, the cause of death is thought to be related to trauma from the fall.

Inbounds avalanche at Swiss resort claims the life of a ski patroller

On Tuesday, February 19 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, four skiers were caught in an inbounds avalanche. All who were buried were recovered and transported to a hospital in nearby Sion, Switzerland where a nine-year ski patrol employee of the resort later died of his avalanche-related injuries.

Avalanche claims two Aspen, Colo.-based skiers while training for the Elk Mountains Grand Traverse

In an accident following the February 15 storm that dropped two feet of new snow on the Crested Butte, Colo. area, Aspen resident Owen Green, 27, and Carbondale resident Michael Goerne, 37, were killed in an avalanche in the East Brush Creek area dubbed Death Pass.

How outliers in British Columbia’s Slocan Valley have carved livelihoods and turns in the remote Selkirk Mountains

It was the beginning of April, but my hopes for spring conditions were dashed as I watched snowflakes the size of half dollars fall from the British Columbian sky.

Greg Hill: Revelstoke, B.C.’s high-powered skier passes it on

He’s pushed away from classic ski touring, and I think he was at the forefront of exploratory ski mountaineering in this area; he’s part of that newer generation. There have been people ski touring and doing traverses for a very long time, but, in some ways, he’s changed the way people in this area look at terrain. Greg was the person who started that new era of ski-mountaineering touring in Revelstoke.

Western avalanche death tally rises after two skier fatalities over holiday weekend

In another wave of accidents following multiple slide-related skier deaths in the Western U.S. earlier this month, two avalanches—one in Salt Lake City, Utah’s Electric Lake region on January 18 and another in Aspen, Colo.’s Castle Creek Valley region on January 21—have claimed the lives of two people.

How an East Coast slide proves that avalanches don’t care where you live

Avalanches in Vermont are considered as uncommon as getting the measles. But in March 2018, Vermont residents Aaron Rice, 28, who notably climbed and skied 2.5-million vertical feet in 2016, and friend Cyril Brunner, 27, found themselves dealing with one in Smugglers’ Notch, near Stowe Mountain Resort. The accident wasn’t just because of their line choice and a snowpack with buried facets beneath feet of new snow, but also due to common heuristic traps that can befall skiers anywhere. 

How a little solar gain on Mt. Baker, Wash. led to big consequences

Spring skiing was in full swing on Mt. Baker, Wash. by early last April when photographer Grant Gunderson and his ski partner for the day, Kirsten Rowley, hit a skintrack for Baker’s Shuksan Arm. The duo had spent the previous day at the resort exploring sidecountry zones that had proved to be stable, so they went into the backcountry feeling confident about the snow stability.

Anna Soens reframes the conversation on athletic achievement in the mountains

Anna Soens didn’t expect that she’d become an adaptive role model over the last two and a half years. In December 2015, however, the 30-year-old Boise, Idaho-based wildlife biologist fell 35 feet at a climbing gym, breaking her lowest thoracic vertebra, an injury that left her with partial paralysis from the hips down. As an […]

Ace Kvale: An iconic photographer mentors a new generation

Ace Kvale has been on the forefront of adventure photography for the past 40 years, with subjects ranging from Himalayan peaks to the valleys of his southern Utah home. Kvale, 62, kickstarted his career in the ski industry as an athlete and model before moving behind the lens in the 1980s.

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