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.
It was storming so hard none of the upper lifts were running. So I skied down to the lower part of the mountain, alone, under the gondola lift line in a perfectly spaced birch forest to check out the terrain park. Too bad he didn’t see this sign or the major warning posted in the gondolas–about the “Never Come Back” zone down in that valley. Read Edge’s #unepicadventures in Japan.
In honor of International Snowmobiling Safety Week, January 21-29, 2017, Backcountry Access is sharing some Facebook chatter between a group of Minot, ND friends, who regularly hit the road for some snowmobiling and snowbiking #unepicadventures – properly stoked with BCA MtnPro protective gear, of course.
Big approach, big down lines. With the Uintas Mountains notoriously weak continental snowpack, most people usually wait until later in spring to ski there. But due to an uncharacteristic boomer snowpack and a month plus of high pressure, Weston and Shaun decided to go for a scouting mission. They ended up backing of the line of their dreams, but scoring major “beta” on this area for the next time.
Turning around from a mountain objective provokes mixed emotions: a jumble of disappointment and questioning, pride and relief. Once the decision to turn around has been made, it is the right decision. It was May 2015 and spring ski conditions were looking prime in at The Devil’s Bedstead in Idaho, a mountain that McKenna Peterson had been wanting to conquer for years.
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.
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.
As someone relatively new to the backcountry scene, Dan Scannura’s opportunities for decision-making have been few and far between. After countless hours of avy training, watching videos, and dreaming, it was finally his turn to strive for epic adventures (and experience some un-epic ones too!)