November 14, 2018
If zero-visibility conditions continue, there are some crucial decisions to be made. Here is a rundown of some skills and tools sledders can use for navigating a whiteout. BCA sled ambassador Mike Duffy reports.
BCA Ambassadors Mike Duffy (US) and Marshall Dempster (Canada) will be leading free snowmobile safety and skills classes at sled dealerships across United States and Canada this fall to expand avalanche awareness, preparedness and survival skills.
By BCA Sled Ambassador Mike Duffy Did you know that for the last eight years, every other year has been a high fatality year for snowmobile avalanche deaths? The truth is that the 17/18 winter season was indeed a bad one for snowmobile avalanche fatalities in the U.S., and the eight-year trend forecasted this. Riders […]
Heading into snow-covered mountain terrain always comes with a risk, but an area snowmobile club has now made popular trails in Skagit and Whatcom counties a bit safer. Using a $10,000 grant from the Puget Sound Energy Foundation, Northwest Glacier Cruisers purchased four solar-powered beacon checker stations where snowmobilers can confirm that their beacons are working properly.
The morning started off a little rough with icy conditions and 8-10 inches of new, spring-like snow. Conditions were ‘Considerable’ with aspects of northwest, north, and northeast facing slopes being more dangerous. So we rode some fun drainages and trees. Then I saw a crack propagate in front of the ski. BCA Sled Ambassador Tony Jenkins reports.
Attention Canadian flatlanders! BCA snowmobile avy education specialists Dwayne and Deb Paynton are presenting a series of local avalanche safety and the essential gear you need seminars for Canadian sledders in October and November 2017. See schedule of locations here.
BCA sled ambassador Mike Duffy gives eight great recommendations for properly setting up a snowmobile for backcountry rescue.
Snowmobiles have been used for decades to access avalanche accident sites, with transceiver searches traditionally conducted on foot. BCA and Avalanche1 have newly developed techniques to use snowmobiles in the signal and course search phases to cut avalanche rescue times.