Backcountry Skiing

  • Avalanche airbag deployed as man, dog survive Mt Baker slide

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    John Towne, his dog, and a couple friends were riding the backcountry at Mount Baker in early January 2017 when an avalanche broke. He was in the middle of it and quickly started to sink. Thankfully he was riding with his Float 32.

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  • #unepicadventures: JaFebruary with Adam Ü

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    Filmed over two days in February 2017, this short film by/of Adam Ü showcases a tiny fraction of the skiing potential in Nagano, Japan.

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  • 55 Peaks, 109 Routes: Making Turns Guidebook, Volume 2 by Fritz Sperry

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    Prolific backcountry author and artist Fritz Sperry has published another guidebook, this one describing ski tours in Colorado’s Front Range, north of Interstate 70. We especially love the section on marijuana, where he suggests sativa over indica, to better achieve that “flow state.” Fritz provides lots of useful detail that’s sure to get you backcountry skiing more creative lines this season.

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  • Penguin led ski touring: Miles Clark’s Antarctica Photo Essay

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    It’s not easy to access the land of Antarctica. The majority of land is guarded by 100-300 foot ice cliffs that prevent any kind of access. Every now and then, you find a ramp down to the shoreline and that’s what we use to access these mountainous islands and peninsulas. Ramps are where the penguins access the land as well. Nearly every time we land to ski, we’re dealing with penguins. Miles Clark reports.

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  • Walk the Plank with BCA Athlete Dave Treadway

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    Dave is no stranger to steep and exposed lines, but this was something special. “Just to get out to the start of my line, I had to essentially walk the plank.” Pretty rowdy skiing — you’ll want to watch this edit.

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  • Snow safety product expert Steve Christie interview on backcountry preparedness

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    BCA snow safety product expert Steve Christie was recently interviewed at Backcountry Access’s Seattle showroom by Glenn Farley of NBC affiliate KING 5 news. As a science and technology reporter, Glenn Farley has written extensively on disaster preparedness, be it from earthquake and tsunami risks, to volcano or wild fire danger. In this video, Glenn interviewed Steve to discuss avalanche avoidance, snow and skiing safety.

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  • #unepicadventures: Weekend on South Diamond Peak at Cameron Pass, CO

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    CAIC had forecasted low to medium avalanche conditions. But upon evaluating the snow on our planned slope we made the decision to abandon this plan due to unfavorable snowpack and instead have a laid back evening and toss back a few beers at our campsite. The next morning, we saw that the entire face of South Diamond had slid. Nick Kozel reports.

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  • Avalanche Rescue at Cherry Bowl, a Story that Needs to be Told

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    In March of 2013, four friends from Whitehorse, Yukon, made the 1200 km road trip south to Shames Mountain, BC. With fresh snow and clearing skies, they embarked on a week-long adventure exploring the area’s backcountry. Four days in, on a bluebird day in Cherry Bowl, their trip came to an abrupt end.

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  • #unepicadventures: East Coast Slides and Waist-high Snow Boulders

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    Dylan and Dom, both unhurt and a bit mind-blown, stood 70 feet below in between some sizable waist-high snow boulders where the slide ran out into the flats just before the closed Vermont road. This was a quick reminder that we are not immune to slides on the east coast. Carter Snow reports.

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