Even the most experienced riders aren't immune to unstable snowpack. Maurice Kervin learned this firsthand last Friday while snowboarding on Loveland Pass, his 65th day of riding this season. Kervin and his ski partners had been keeping a close eye on the avalanche forecast all week. Although the danger had actually dropped, Kervin recalls feeling unsure of the conditions. Intending to ski a line called 'No Name,' the pair set out, and tested snow stability along the way, not finding any red flags. They dropped into the line, and about a third of the way down, Kervin felt the snow collapse beneath him. He deployed his airbag and was able to keep himself on the surface of the snow. Kervin walked away from the slide uninjured except a dislocated finger and was able to get back out and ride the next day. You can read Kervin's full account here.
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,
Last Thursday was a day for the history books, with yet another edition of Kings and Queens of Corbet’s going down at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The venue? None other than Corbet’s Couloir right under the top of Big Red. The athletes? 26 heavy-hitting skiers and snowboarders hungry for the title and ready to absolutely throw down. Lucky for them, the Tetons have been going through one of the most epic storm cycles in history, transforming Corbet’s into the ultimate playground for
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