March 24, 2010
This past weekend, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, hosted the Ski Mountaineering National Championships, where 82 randonee racers clad in tight suits and super lightweight skis climbed and descended 7,850 feet in less than three hours. Check out this video to see how it all goes down (including their climb up Corbet's Couloir!).
February 21, 2010
A recent avalanche ripped Bridger Bowl, Montana's slack country to the ground. We spoke with Eric Knoff, an avy forecaster at the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, about the fact that tracks don't mean a slope is safe (there were over 200 tracks on the face that slid). This slide was skier triggered, but nobody was caught by the slide. Special thanks to the GNFAC for the photos.
January 21, 2010
Finally, winter is descending on Jackson Hole. It snowed 8 inches on Tuesday, another 3 the day after, a skiff on Thursday morning, and now the forecast calls for a foot by the weekend. In short, it's utterly, totally ON. And it's empty. According to a local patroller who asked not to be named, many Jackson locals were so impatient with the slow start that they've "given up." The mountain's marketing team is killing themselves to sell tickets and they're basically giving them away. Read on for more.
January 18, 2010
A daunting stretch of whitewater bisects a 3,700-square-mile wilderness of never-before-skied peaks. You’ll need two rafts, five handles of liquor, and a gun for bears. It’s not the Yukon, Siberia, or Tibet. It’s Idaho. And it takes serious planning to pull off. This is what happens when you let a kid with a pet badger handle the details. By Frederick Reimers.
December 14, 2009
Colorado, Utah, Montana, and Washington ski areas saw cold temperatures last week followed by new snow, currently creating snowpack instabilities. Avalanche warnings remain at high for mountain locations in these states.
November 12, 2009
Schlasman’s (pronounced Slushman’s) lift opened in December 2008 and accesses 300 acres and 1,700 feet of steep terrain. It’s more skier-friendly (translation: fewer places to get cliffed out) than the rest of Bridger Bowl’s gnarly Ridge, but beacons are required and nothing is marked. Case in point? Last season, patrol regularly performed rope rescues here.
October 5, 2009
Starting this winter, Big Sky, Montana, is offering a chance for guided early tram rides at 8 a.m., a whole hour before the masses. We spoke with director of snowsports, Troy Nedved, to see if the program also includes shooting the Howitzer (it doesn't).