This impressive video shows the moment when a natural rockfall triggers a huge block of ice to begin tumbling, smashing into thousands of pieces and causing This impressive video shows the moment when a natural rockfall triggers a huge block of ice to begin tumbling, smashing into thousands of pieces and causing a large ice and rock avalanche in Mt. […]
This post is mostly a friendly reminder that as skiers and riders, we need to keep avalanches on the forefront of our minds. This is a great time of year to start planning on when you’ll be taking your next avalanche classes in 2015/16. If you’ve never taken an avalanche class, we highly recommend taking your Avy 1, even if you never go out of bounds. Avalanches happen in bounds every year and as a skier or rider, you should know how to respond.
This is a fun, lighthearted tutorial about what does and does not cause an avalanche. We know, this is not a lighthearted topic, but there is good information in here. If you aren’t familiar with how avalanches work, this is a great, quick rundown of what can lead up to an avalanche. If you know everything about avalanches (no one does), there are still some interesting informational sound bites in there. […]
This avalanche is from way back when on Mt. Ruapehu, New Zealand. This is a ridiculously enormous class 5 avalanche with the capacity to take out a village. There is a ski resort on this mountain just out of view to the looker’s left in this video. Ruapehu is a very sacred mountain to the Mauri people and one of the world’s most active volcanoes. It’s the largest active volcano in New Zealand at 9,177-feet above sea level. […]
Stevens Pass just got 10 feet of snow in 10 days. The sent patrollers out in a heli to trigger some avalanches to make sure things were safe for skiers and riders. They triggered an enormous avalanche last week that tore down trees and made for a helluva show. This video gives us a little background on the avalanche and how it was triggered and shows us how it all looks from the helicopter’s perspective. […]
Stevens Pass ski resort in Washington state just enjoyed its 2nd snowiest February in 50 years. All that snow brought high avalanche danger and the need for extensive avalanche control work. This video shows us a large avalanche triggered by an avalanche bomb at Stevens Pass. The avalanche comes down bringing direct hell to all in its path. As the avalanche comes down it simply […]
A female skier was completely buried by an avalanche that she triggered in Grizzly Gulch in the Alta Backcountry in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah yesterday. The person she was with was taking photos of her and he did not have a beacon, probe, nor shovel. The buried skier was AMAZINGLY LUCKY that an avalanche forecaster and friends were nearby and saw the incident occur. They sped to the scene and were able to have back to the surface in 5 minutes. If not for this very timely and lucky rescue, she would not be alive. […]
Last week, we published a video of a freeskier getting trapped in a large avalanche. The whole video was an ABS avalanche airbag backpack advertisement, literally. The video shows Aymar Navarro getting caught in a huge avalanche in the Spanish Pyrenees. It’s certainly a large scary avalanche and Aymar is lucky to have survived. “There is another video where Aymar describes the incident, saying that the sun broke through after a week of storms and 12 feet of new snow, with another foot of fresh overnight. He says they evaluated three slopes and tried to […]