VIDEO: A Message From Your Utah Avalanche Forecaster

Chris Wallner | | Conditions ReportConditions Report

Drew Hardesty is an avid backcountry skier that prides himself upon keeping others informed and safe while venturing out in this unpredictable terrain. He consistently follows the same skin tracks up Toledo Bowl before the sun has fully risen to observe snow conditions, make measurements, and provide fellow ski enthusiasts with condition reports.

Drew is in love with the mountains and has used his passion to develop a code of ethics for backcountry skiers. Drew’s first experience skiing behind a horse at the family farm didn’t get him hooked, he ended up falling in love with the sport when he was in college. The mountains have taken over Drew’s life, he now watches the snow fall in autumn, skis in the winter, watches in the snow melt in the spring, and spends his summers in mountains of Wyoming.

Drew and his son Wyatt live a comfortable life away from the main drag in a small two-story bungalow. They live a life that is fueled by experience-based learning and outdoor endeavors.

“I feel very strongly that this lifestyle of the mountains resonates for me. I couldn’t imagine any other life without the mountains year round.” -Drew Hardesty told Black Diamond about his current lifestyle.

Drew Hardesty analyzes the backcountry snow conditions every day to provide skiers with knowledge of potential avalanche risks.
Drew Hardesty analyzes the backcountry snow conditions every day to provide skiers with knowledge of potential avalanche risks.

Drew Hardesty works for the Utah Avalanche Center working to keep people informed of the conditions and on top of the snow.

“We share all of this passion with everyone else who’s headed into the mountains. So any mistake by any of us has significant repercussions on the communities at large.” -Drew Hardesty informed Black Diamond of his motives for accurate reports.

 

 


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