In the last couple days, an unreal storm has hit Utah bringing an already unstable snowpack to an all time high. Utah Avalanche Center issued a warning this morning telling people to stay out of avalanche terrain. Period. While the Salt Lake area is particularly affected by this storm, conditions all over Utah remain dangerous. A weak faceted layer followed by heavy snowfall have created avalanche conditions where natural and human triggered avalanches are unavoidable. Utah Avalanche Center has advised people to avoid skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and even running or walking their dog to under any kind of steep slope in the mountains. While we're all itching to ski powder, today is not the day to get after it in Utah. Instead, we recommend dialing in that sourdough recipe you're still working on or maybe doing some yoga.
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
In the outdoors, we are always learning and growing, trying to get better at the activities we pursue and be more knowledgeable about the places we recreate. When it comes to backcountry skiing, a willingness to learn and grow is an essential part of the sport. This season, several months of variable weather followed by massive amounts of snow and little time for the snowpack to settle have created unstable and somewhat unpredictable conditions. These conditions have affected much of the