Editor's Note: UPDATE: Thanks to the work of some local legends, the bivy has been restored as is ready to be used again.
Chamonix's Iconic Periades Hut collapsed after rockfall last week. PGHM photo.
Chamonix, France is the Disneyland of extreme skiing. Unfortunately, thanks to extensive permafrost degradation, melting glaciers, and extremely high average summertime temperatures, the rock in these mountains is beginning to crumble. Each year, we’ve seen and heard more and more massive rock falls that take out entire climbing routes, stretch tram cables, and cause all-around mayhem in the mountains. The latest news out of Cham is sad yet again, as the iconic Periades Bivouac was reported to have collapsed after rockfall on August 1.
The tiny wooden hut is located at an altitude of 3421 meters, and was first built in 1925. It was used as a refuge for climbers and skiers approaching lines on the far side of the Vallee Blanche. Check out what Seb Montaz has to say about this magical place.
As skiers we're always talking about the snowpack and how stable or unstable it is, but what does that really mean? This slide in Hyalite, Montana is a pretty good example of 'unstable snowpack.' Triggered by a skier who made it all the way down before the face actually broke (one lucky fellow), the slide was a pretty classic slab avalanche. Our friends at the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche center broke down what happened with slide. Essentially, it was a slab of wind packed snow
This quaint Montana town has the western charm of an outdoor playground but the amenities of a city. Grant Gunderson photo. Whitefish, Montana locals will proudly tell you that “Whitefish is not a ski town, it’s a town of skiers.” From a quick glance, that phrase feels a bit misleading. It appears that Whitefish has all the classic ingredients of a quintessential ski town. There’s a ski resort eight miles from downtown, a world-class National Park in its backyard, and plenty of open space
Big waves are nothing new to surfers these days, but how about to skiers? California skier Chuck Patterson decided to combine two of his favorite things-- big wave surfing and skiing on some of Half Moon Bay's biggest swells. Using custom skis designed specifically for this feat, and taking inspiration from Patterson's late friend, Shane McConkey, they allow him to carve the waves as he would snow. Fitted with classic ski bindings, and worn with regular ski boots, the carnage if Patterson