A backcountry skier in Colorado captured this crazy video of two huge avalanches on Jones Pass outside of Winter Park, Colorado yesterday. Both were set off intentionally by avalanche mitigation bombs and allude to the avalanche-prone conditions that still exist in Colorado.
General elation ensued after a deluge of new snow last week, however this also means that the Colorado snowpack still poses considerable avalanche danger. The threat has been slowly fading since the recent storm cycle, but wind-loaded faces along high country ridgelines should still be on everyone's radar.
As of this morning, the section of trail leading up Tuckerman Ravine's Headwall is now closed to all use according to the Mt. Washington Avalanche Center. According to a press release,the section "extends from Lunch Rocks to the top of the Headwall, where it meets the Alpine Garden Trail. The closure includes skiing and riding the Lip and Sluice." If you don't know what any of those things are, then you probably should avoid Tuckerman Ravine. The decision to close what many consider
Imagine if a manufacturing plant in a small community suddenly closed its doors. A majority of the local workforce would be without jobs and the economy would take a nosedive. This situation is currently unfolding in mountain towns throughout the U.S. Last week, nearly all the ski resorts in the country were forced to close because of the coronavirus pandemic. It was a decision that needed to happen for the well-being of thousands, but it will have its repercussions. RELATED: PSA -
Accidents in the mountains don’t just take a toll on the athletes involved, they weigh especially heavy on the friends and bystanders who witness and respond to them. When Sam Smoothy took a particularly heavy tumble while filming in Austria for TGR’s Winterland last year, the experience shook his film crew (who were the first responders and saved Sam's life) to the core. Learning from events like these is unfortunately part of the game we play, but provide valuable moments to look back on