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December 31, 2014

Early-Season Skiing Found with Yukon Trading Company Avalanche Course

You know those times we all live for? Like hanging out with friends in the mountains... Well that’s one of my favorite parts about this time of year. For the past three years I’ve had the privilege of leading a private avalanche course for our friends at Yukon Trading Company. What a great company! I mean come on - they pay for avalanche education for their employees and it’s on the clock! So, when Ryan from YTC called me in November to set up this year’s course, I was excited.

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March 26, 2014

AIARE Level 2: Snow Geeks Anonymous

It’s a common question, “So what’s the next step in avalanche education?” Well, for some it’s continuing to refresh and sharpen the skills taught in a Level 1. For others it’s stepping out and taking an AIARE Level 2 course. AIARE’s Level 2 is titled “Evaluating Snow Stability and Avalanche Hazard” and we lovingly call it “Snow Geeks Anonymous.” Why? Well, a Level 1 focuses on how we make decisions and identify avalanche terrain. So, a Level 2 really delves into the snowpack and how avalanches happen. [+] READ MORE

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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