Report from January 18, 2022
I was caught in an avalanche in the Revelstoke BC backcountry.
I had just skied the same run about 10′ to the right and my guard was 100% down.
Honestly, I didn’t even think about avalanches before dropping into this line.
I felt like we’d already made our assessment and the snow was stable enough to ski this zone.
There were also tracks everywhere luring me into a false sense of security.
I was wrong.
I ripped out a 10″ deep, 50′ wide class 1 avalanche that took me for a 200′ ride.
I was able to stay over my skis and ski out of the avalanche.
I was able to pull my avalanche airbag backpack while in the slide.
The experience was harrowing. I got going damn fast and snow was starting to come up over my body and splash my face. I was able to stay calm and focused on escaping the avalanche.
To me, it felt huge and scary and like I was going to be buried if I didn’t release from the avalanche.
Today was a lesson learned.
I’m going to try to always keep my guard up and always reassess every slope before I drop in.
Thanks to my strong partners today for being ready to rock in every situation.
I have 2 different perspectives of the avalanche in this post – forward and backwards for learning.