Airbags 2015 – What to do?

Throughout my backcountry ski life, a number of devices have come along that obviously one should have when traveling in avalanche terrain.  From an earplug as an audio finder attached to a $60 Ramer Beacon in the early 80’s, to the digital age beacons that include a whiz-bang list of features for various applications, the problem of avalanche survivability remains […]

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Valdez Ski Report – March 25, 2015 2000AKT

Another classic Chugach day in Thompson Pass with skinners finding plenty of powder happiness in isolation mainly on shaded north aspect beyond Little Odessey.  Some wind crust and sun crust softened up later in the day. AVALANCHE – Very little is any natural activity and old debris piles are aging nicely and long with stouter slabs all bonded to lower […]

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Alyeska Ski Report – March 20, 2015

Spent yesterday and today getting lots of downhilling, but today was mostly skin laps(7) up to the High Traverse and some untracked powder short powder shots off the grooms at the upper mountain, which were filled with new, wet snow yesterday.   First time up to the Traverse, which has always been hammered or poor skiing on my previous handful […]

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