Amazing winter time inEhrwald, Austria.
Working in a snowboard school and rideng the local spots
For many parts of the West, this years snowpack has been unstable, unpredictable, and at times, just downright scary. A pretty heavy snowfall in November followed by a bit of a drought created a weak layer here in the Tetons. As snowboarder Travis Rice puts it, when you're riding in bounds, you can get a false sense of security when you're able to ride wherever, not to mention ski patrol having your back. But stepping into the backcountry is a whole different animal. With similarly unstable
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
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