After less than average precipitation this winter, front range Colorado suffered a massive wildfire fueled by dry grass and high winds. On December 30th, Boulder County was devastated by the Marshall Fire, which started as a grass fire and was fueled by high-speed winds of up to 100mph. It tore through 6,026 acres of land, destroying over 900 structures, most of […]
Almost exactly two years ago, a group of backcountry skiers was caught in an avalanche near Golden, BC. Several people were injured and 64-year-old Douglas Churchill from Canmore was killed, reports cbc.ca. Now, his widow, Sheila Churchill, who was in the group, is suing the guides, the resort, an employee and the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). Churchill filed a notice of civil claim […]
The first avalanche of this weekend was reported on Saturday the 20th during mid to late morning in the Esplanade Range. A group of snowmobilers, including victim Nick Roberts, were out sledding in the Quartz Creek snowmobile area (approximately 10 km from the Beaver Area). Search and Rescue was alerted through the use of an emergency GPS beacon. Roberts was […]
The throb of a snowy winter has started, and with the first snowfalls of the season, it becomes difficult not to start dreaming of some huge powder lines. But it is also a good moment to remind ourselves that skiing has its own risks, and how essential is to take a proper dimension of these hazards. Avalanche fatalities in the US have increased exponentially in the past 50 years. It is true that amount of skiers has also increased, and that more and more people decide to access the backcountry, but this doesn’t hide the bulging death toll. The following graph illustrates this piece of information.