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Nov 20 2015

Pt. II: Taming the Arrogance Avy Dragon

Reviewing options as a group on the Sierra High Route.

  Continued from Taming Your Avalanche Dragon, published 17nov15. Arrogance There is a big difference between confidence and arrogance. A confident winter backcountry guide or enthusiast also has an ear to listening to other people’s input. There is a willingness on the part of the confident individual to welcome new information from anyone in the …

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Nov 18 2015

PR: AvaTech launches crowd sourced AvaNet

Logging an observation from a mobile app.

Editors Note: The following press release comes from Backbone Media, Avatech’s public relations firm. Ordinarily I’d rewrite the information a bit, but this is a fairly straight forward announcement of a software platform that has the potential to dramatically improve the understanding of the snowpack in regions that we like to ski. The key to …

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Nov 17 2015

Taming Your  Avalanche Dragons

Skier triggered avalanche on Mt. Judah, California.

Over the last ten years there have been fantastic advances in the field of avalanche safety through research and technical development. Additions made to snow stability evaluations like ‘fracture character’ during the ‘compression test’ deepen our awareness of what is happening with the snow. There have also been the developments in terrain assessment tools, which …

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Aug 31 2015

Rerun: Backcountry Economics 101

Heading to Milestone Col on the Sierra High Route in May 2011.

  In these strange economic times most people I know are sticking to basics and any money for frills is very judiciously spent. If it’s not a necessity, it needs to act like an investment with long-term benefits and quick paying dividends. Which is why, even though skiing has always been a luxury, you need …

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Aug 04 2015

It’s about the Tour, NOT the Turn

It didn’t take long to figure out that turns taste sweeter when you earn them. After all, the more you pay for something the better it is supposed to be, even if you have to trick yourself into believing that to justify the cost difference. On the whole though, a product cannot sustain a higher …

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Jun 04 2015

Spring Skiing 2015

Ripping freshies at Sonora Pass, end of May 2015.  JeremyD photo.

  Even though we’ve been conditioned to think of June as Summer, since Memorial Day kicks off the summer vacation season, according to the calendar it is still Spring. For years I’ve maintained that spring skiing is the best season for BC skiing, not the cold wintry months of December and January as the herd …

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May 13 2015

Changing the claw on 22D’s Outlaw

Remove the spring cap...

  Early feedback on 22 Design’s Outlaw, their new NTN binding, indicates that it skis great. Downhill performance was, as hoped, reminiscent of the Hammerhead in position #3 or #4 depending on how strong the spring tension is set to. Touring is also very similar to an Axl, with the same basic limits to range …

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