March 16, 2017
The best part of BCA crew’s Nelson pilgrimage video? They got to combine snowmobiling and skiing, and a little skijoring, on their Kootenays’ backcountry trip.
BCA pro athlete Amie Engerbretson was featured in the December 2016 issue of Freeskier in the story “Backcountry Rehab” about how she has overcome the trauma of surviving an avalanche, and gone on to drop big lines and continue her professional ski career.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.