Tour Planning

  • Backpack or tunnel bag? Proper snowmobile gear placement for mountain riding


    The evolution of avalanche gear has necessitated many changes in gear placement when snowmobiling. With the advent of protective airbag vests, a tunnel bag is now a must-have. But what snowmobile gear do you put in each one? If you’re looking to be more nimble on your sled, let your machine carry the weight instead of your back. But don’t compromise safety. A protective airbag vest and tunnel bag are the ideal combo.

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  • Gear Review: What to Carry in Your Ski Pack This Winter


    Can’t wait to ski this season? Us too! In order to hit the backcountry when the first flakes fall, now is the time to get your gear ready. Following is a list of items our guides carry in their packs on an average day of ski touring.

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  • Why to use a GPS app (like Gaia) while backcountry skiing


    The best way to travel in unknown or whiteout backcountry terrain is with a GPS device or GPS phone application. Using travel aids is a great way to increase safety and is an important skill for any backcountry traveler to have. It can even help identify potential avalanche terrain before you get there. Mike Alkaitis reports.

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  • #unepicadventures: Skiing the Gore Trifecta: Three Couloirs, Three Lines


    Can an unepic adventure be memorable and an amazing experience? I find that sometimes I have the ability to put expectations on certain outings. These outings are usually on my tick list of things I want to accomplish. One of these objectives we called the “Gore Trifecta” and simply consisted of skiing the Silver Couloir on Buffalo, the Big Bad Wolf on Red #1, and What Big Eyes You Have on Little Red.

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  • BCA Preseason Training Routine Direct from BCA Pro Athletes


    Fall is the last chance to tune up your body before ski season hits. Sure, you’ve been biking, hiking, maybe even rock climbing all summer; however, it is time to switch things up, pick up the intensity, and work out with ski season as the main focus.

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  • Winter Weather Tools for South America


    Here’s everything you need to know about weather and avalanches in South America from APRENDICA, the first official provider of AIARE avalanche safety courses in Argentina and Chile. Time to book your summer trip!

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  • On Snow in Aspen: Avalanche Education at the Sangree Hut

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    Combine your next hut trip with an avalanche education class and you may have the Sangree Hut as a classroom. Josh Mattson reports from the Aspen Alpine Guides avalanche safety course in Aspen, CO.

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  • Avalanche at Icefall: Group Communication Success Story

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    When 16 friends descended on the Icefall Lodge for a week of touring, they had no idea their BC Link radios were the most important piece of equipment in their backpacks.

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  • What to Look for in an Avalanche Forecast


    Avalanche information and forecast centers have an experienced staff that uses a wide range of avalanche information and backcountry resources to estimate each day’s avalanche danger. The information used to develop a forecast include: Weather Data Snowfall Wind Temperature Snowpack Observations Forecaster snowpits and observations Recreationalist snowpits and observations Avalanche Activity Observed by forecasters Reported […]

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