The skiing in the alpine is pretty remarkable, but the first natural avalanche cycle just ran, and there is a crust lurking below - 2 things Ryan Harvey will help you keep in mind. Thanks Nick Comstock for some photos. *With regards to the first skiing image, with an avalanche hazard of Low at the time it was deemed safe to expose two people to a previously controlled slope. Otherwise one-at-a-time is certainly the best method to ski a slope. **The previous post may still be right in the near future, but in the meantime this post is here as well as on Facebook.
It is an end of an era for SkiingGolden.com and unfortunately we will no longer be operating the website. Steve Crowe is still committed to providing some timely updates on the SkiingGolden.com Facebook page, however the site will be going offline. I started this website as a hobby and passion over 10 years ago and unfortunately have just lost the steam to keep it rolling. It's been a blast. Cheers to everyone that took part and checked us out over the years! Shred on.
Seen any obvious avalanche clues lately? Bet you have. It's very much Spring now and Ryan Harvey reminds us that if it goes this time of year, it can go big.
Incremental deposits of snow loading a weak layer, the sun's heat heavy on the snowpack, and cornices teetering above. Kyle Hale explains why these things should be on your mind for the rest of the season.
You know how in every town there are geezers who say, "if you don't like the weather, just wait a few minutes"? Well, in Golden recently we are those geezers. Lately the mix has included blower pow, blower wind, wind slabs, wind crusts, solar radiation, temperature crusts and surface hoar. And more snow is coming! Adam Sherriff helps us make sense of it all.
Yes, it seems we are in a bit of a rut. But the snow has been falling somewhat. And the wind has been blowing somewhat. So thinking about where the two have combined to form slabs is key to backcountry travel at the moment. Ryan Harvey helps us think about it.