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January 23, 2014

Education and Epic Corn Skiing on Rainier

This past weekend's Avalanche Level 1 course started out with two very fun, lively lectures at Evo in Seattle. Once it was time to head out to the field to practice our lessons, we head out to Mt. Rainier National Park. Three of our five students had never been to Paradise on the south side of Mt. Rainier before and what an absolutely amazing first day to visit. [+] READ MORE

January 14, 2014

Smart Skiing on a High Hazard Day

I couldn’t believe my eyes; I even refreshed the website a time or two to make sure it wasn’t a fluke. We were several days out from my next avalanche course and the Stevens Pass weather forecast was for snow, snow, and more snow. Starting Wednesday and lasting all through the weekend. This was that epic storm I dream about at night, powder billowing over my head and shoulders. But the storm wasn’t to be without its issues. [+] READ MORE

January 2, 2014

Where's All The Good Snow?

Its funny how a little bit of planning can really pay off. Most things in our lives are rushed and I wonder how many of them would be vastly improved with just a little bit of planning. Dinners, meetings, phone calls, emails…you get the idea. Slowing down and thinking through whatever task is at hand could vastly improve our efficiency and satisfaction. I’d say this past weekend’s AIARE Level 1 course found this experience to be incredibly true. 

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December 20, 2013

Avalanche Season Kicks Off With Private Avy Course

I woke up this morning to snow all over the trees and roads around my place near downtown Seattle. If it’s snowing in Seattle, you know what that means for the mountains…! I immediately turned on my computer and went directly to the Northwest Avalanche Center’s website (www.nwac.us) to check on the latest weather, snow, and avalanche conditions. The avalanche center had rated the avalanche danger for today in much of the Cascades as HIGH: “Natural Avalanches are Likely; Human Triggered Avalanches are Very Likely”. Wow, just in time. [+] READ MORE

December 13, 2013

Jove Peak Early Season: Not Your Typical Ski Tour

The date was set, the plan was made; it’s late November and Amy wanted a long ski tour that would challenge her technical ski touring skills. Amy is getting ready to climb Denali next spring and is set on making sure she gets her homework done; she wants to be the strongest member of the group.  She also tours on a split snowboard setup and wants to improve her technical touring skills in ski mode.  I had just the trip for her that would accomplish both; Jove Peak.

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