A snowmobiler died in an avalanche in the Cooke City, Montana area at about 1:30pm yesterday, November 26th, 2014. The exact location was on the southwest side of Henderson Mountain in the Miller Creek drainage. The victim was a 31-year-old from North Dakota. The victim and his partner both were carry avalanche equipment. The victim was buried over 5-deep in the avalanche debris. His partner made an impressive effort and had the victim’s head out of the snow in 20-minutes. CPR was performed on the victim without result. […]

From the guys who brought us: How to be a Mountain Biker How to be a Road Biker How to be an American And many other hilarious spoofs and skits Snowbrains is proud to present IFHT’s latest video, How to be a Skier. Just follow this simple 29 step guide and you too can be a skier just like Miles Clark! What is missing from this guide? Tell us in the comments section below. […]

Squaw Valley ski resort in Lake Tahoe, CA is open for the 2014/15 winter season. Right now, only Gold Coast and two runs are open. But, there is a potential monster storm on the way this weekend that could drop up to 4-feet of snow on Tahoe… If we get that monster storm, Squaw may be able to get a heckofa lot more open as soon as next week. We’ll just have to wait and see. In the meantime, we’ll all be out rippin’ groomer on Gold Coast and keeping our fingers crossed. […]

NOAA is talking about a big storm clobbering Lake Tahoe, CA this weekend. Open Snow is talking about it bringing up to 4-feet of snow.We need this storm bad because there is no snow in Tahoe right now. This storm could be the key to getting ski resorts open in Tahoe. After this potential storm, it looks like high pressure will build back in. We need this storm, people! Just to give a general idea 6-7 days out, the GFS and European forecast […]

This past March & April, I spent 30 days camping, skiing, and climbing with 8 Aussies on the Shoup glacier just side of Valdez, Alaska. We had an incredible experience out there and even had a string of 18 sunny days in a row at one point. WATCH SUGAR MOUNTAIN FREE HERE: SUGAR MOUNTAIN SKI MOVIE We were there to make and adventure/ski film. The boys brought out all the latest equipment including drones and they captured some incredible imagery from that spectacular northern region. Helly Hansen was the main sponsor of this movie and they are hosting the movie on their website for free for the […]

As you most likely saw on the news, Buffalo and surrounding areas got rocked by as much as 7 feet of snow last week. Snow was coming down so fast and so heavy, over 140 motorists became stuck in their cars on I-90, stranded for over 30 hours on 132 miles of closed highway. Tragically, there have been 13 fatalities associated with the storm. Lake effect snow is a result of three combined factors: cold air; a large, warm lake; and heavy winds. Research has shown that November lake-effect events produce the highest amount of precipitation, due to the warm atmosphere holding more [..]

The Sierra Nevada is no stranger to big snowstorms. As far back as the November 1846, The Donner Party learned this the hard way with a 5-foot overnight snowstorm. Since snowfall record keeping began in 1879, there have been some incredible snowstorms in the Sierra Nevada of California. The Sierras still get huge amounts of snow with Sugar Bowl ski resort leading the charge with 500″ of snow per year. This isn’t surprising as Sugar Bowl is located on Donner Pass, where many of the records below took place. […]

Today I went backcountry skiing in Ushuaia, Argentina by myself. I’d skied in the same zone yesterday, 2 days ago, and 2 weeks ago totaling to 5 days skied in the exact same zone. It’s springtime here and I was feeling very familiar with the zone and the conditions. So confident and familiar that today, I decided not to bring any safety equipment. No beacon. No shovel. No probe. No rescue gear. No first aid kit. No helmet. No helmet. Today […]

The Ridgeline jacket and pants are as light, breathable and comfortable as a thin mountaineering soft shell; but are also waterproof, windproof, warm and durable like a heavier resort skiing hard shell. This outerwear combination can handle long hikes, varying temperatures, and heavy wind and precipitation, all in the same day. It is perfect for the skier who hikes, rides lifts and skis hard every day, in every condition. Test: 40 days between Nevados de Chillan, Las Leñas, and Cordon del Plata. Trip reports available HERE and HERE. The Ridgeline 3L Jacket and 2L Pants make use of Pertex Shield+ and Pertex […]

In case you haven’t noticed it yet, girls are different than boys. Thank god. Not only are they better looking and smarter, but they ski different, move different, and are built different. For years, the ski industry tried to address these differences by painting pretty pictures on men’s skis and calling them women’s skis. That didn’t work. Now, some actual science has come into this and women’s skis have evolved brilliantly. Women’s skis now have women specific flex patterns, shapes, and sizes. All this adds up to women’s skis that help women rip even harder than ever before. […]

NOAA just released their weather outlook for December 2014. This is big news as December is the first real ski season month of the 2014/15 winter season. NOAA continues to stick with the El Nino pattern for the USA. The good news is that NOAA is forecasting above average precipitation in nearly every Western US State. Northern California is especially favored with the Tahoe area highly favored to get above average precipitation in December. Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Oregon are also in the above average precipitation zone. Lets hope they’re right. The […]

A huge storm in Utah left Alta with so much snow, they couldn’t open today. On what would have been their third day this season, Alta decided to remain closed for the safety of their skiers. “After our morning of work, this great storm is still ahead of us. We are going to continue control work and grooming this afternoon and remain closed for skiing. We plan on opening Monday morning at 9:15. We are sorry you had to miss skiing today! – Alta” This early in the season, Alta is likely understaffed and just doesn’t have enough patrollers to perform avalanche control in a […]

Mammoth mountain opened for the 2014-15 season on Nov 13th. At the time of this report, the snow conditions were hard packed and mainly a 14-18″ base of man made snow with some minimal bare spots on the main runs. Overnight
temperatures were cool enough for snow making, so the snow guns were hard at work through the night. […]

The last few weeks have seen unsettled weather and a good amount of precipitation throughout the Alps, leaving the higher elevations in very good shape for the middle of November. Like any other ski town throughout the world, the locals in Chamonix have been jonesing to get out and make their first turns of the year. The sun finally made an appearance on Wednesday and offered a chance to get up into the high alpine above Chamonix and sample some of the fresh snow. From the small village of Le Tour, we made our way up the left flank of the Glacier du Tour to the Albert hut, at 2700 […]

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The start of a new ski season has arrived here at Whistler Blackcomb! For the last few weeks I have been digging through my garage among bikes, surfboards, unlabeled boxes, and other random things in search of my ski gear last seen in May. After piecing together everything I need, I sat and waited for the mountain to open. My roommates and I slowly started to get more excited, watching ski flicks more and more often. And […]

NOAA is forecasting up to 57″ of new snow at Mt. Baker Ski Resort by Monday evening. That’s a lot of snow in a short time. This is exactly what Mt. Baker ski area needs to get open. Depending on how difficult it is to manage all that snow, we’d expect Mt. Baker ski area to open before Thanksgiving. Winter in Washington starts with a bang! SnowBrains will have weekly conditions report from Mt. Baker this winter. Get ready to hear about more big snow from Baker. …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM PST SATURDAY FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 3500 FEET… […]

Lake Tahoe’s high country picked up up to 9″ inches of snow last night in the 2nd storm of a three storm parade. The third storm was forecast to hit tonight and drop about 18″ of snow. Now, they’re saying more like 2″ of snow. The storm’s energy has been pushed north. Regardless, we go some snow out of this storm and every little bit helps for getting white strips of death open all over Tahoe. Heavenly & Northstar open today. Squaw, Mt. Rose, and Kirkwood are trying to open next week. […]

NOAA is has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Tetons in Wyoming this weekend. They’re saying that up to 22″ of new snow could fall by Saturday night. Game on in the Tetons. Grand Targhee opened today and Jackson Hole opens next week. Another winter storm is expected to move through this weekend. Starting on Saturday, snow will begin in the western mountains and it will continue off and on through potentially mid week as we possibly transition to active northwest flow […]

NOAA just released their updated 2014/15 Winter Weather Outlook for the USA. One cool new thing is that this time they gave us “percentage chances”. This means that in the pie charts in the graphs, we can see what the chances are that what they are forecasting may happen. The graphs are great and the write is extremely wordy. What they’re trying to say in the write up is this: 2014/15 NOAA Winter Weather Outlook Breakdown: – South Alaska and the Southern US have 43% chance of having above average precipitation this winter. This […]

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