It's no secret that much of the West has had some pretty funky avalanche conditions this season. Particularly the presence of deep persistent slabs have made backcountry travel more difficult and dangerous. Colorado Avalanche Information Center's Will Rickard performs a compression test in Current Creek (near the Colorado Front Range) to demonstrate the snow's instability. Layers of stronger snow over a layer of weaker, faceted snow contribute largely to this area's persistent slab problem as can be observed in the video. If you're traveling in avalanche terrain, makes sure to check the forecast before you go, and submit any observations you may gather about snowpack to your local avalanche center.
A man was killed in an avalanche on Monday in Grand Teton National Park on the north side of 25 Short. National Park Rangers and Teton County Search and Rescue officials were called to the avalanche which occurred in the Broken Thumb Couloir. Avalanche danger was reported as Considerable, with concern about persistent slabs and wind slabs. The victim was identified as Matthew Brien, a 33-year-old local snowboarder. This is the third avalanche death in the Tetons in the last seven days,
For the better part of 2021, ski patrollers at several large ski resorts in the Western US have made headlines as they negotiate their contracts to reflect the dedication they put into their jobs. For those of us that ski at a resort regularly, or even have at all in our lifetimes, we know that ski patrol is an essential part of not just staying safe, but also having a good time on the mountain. This season especially, it’s felt like ski patrollers could use a little extra love as they’ve
Black Diamond Equipment has initiated talks with US Consumer Protection Agency to issue a voluntary recall on all Pieps DSP avalanche beacons, in a formal response to a design issue that can accidentally lead to the beacon switching out of transmit mode. The issue almost cost TGR athlete Nick McNutt his life in an avalanche accident last winter. On the commonly used Pieps DSP Ice, DSP Sport and DSP Pro, the switch that changes the beacon from off to transmit to receive can easily get damaged