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Helicopter + Explosives + Massive Avalanches = One Awesome Video

April 23rd, 2014 by

Helicopter + Explosives + Massive Avalanches = One Awesome Video 

 

G3 athlete Orry Grant doubles as an avalanche control professional for BC Highways. He kindly submitted this educational video he received, description below.

The B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is responsible for maintaining public safety on B.C.’s highways, and minimizing the frequency and duration of avalanche related closures. As the busiest avalanche program in B.C., Kootenay Pass has several different methods of control. Although most of the time our avalanche problem can be dealt with in under 2 hours, there are times when a deeper snowpack instability, left uncontrolled, could pose a danger to B.C.’s commuters. In a case like this, we have to close the road and use the appropriate method of avalanche control.

This video, shot last year by Mark Talbot, and Matt Foley is a day of helicopter explosives control. We had a deep persistent weak layer, and large deposits of snow were left on the road.

So next time you’re wondering why it can sometimes take so long to re-open the highway; consider the size of our driveway, and the amount of snow that the road crew has to plow. Thanks for your patience!

Two Skiers Injured in Avalanche at Sunshine Village Ski Resort

March 31st, 2014 by
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Two skiers were injured today at Sunshine Village ski resort in Banff, Canada. The avalanche was triggered in the freeride zone known as Delirium Dive.  Report from blog.skibanff.com   “An avalanche … Read More

New Footage Of The Massive Valdez Avalanche

January 31st, 2014 by

The Richardson Highway, the only road into Valdez, Alaska, has been closed for almost a week now following massive avalanches. It could be more than a week before the Richardson Highway is open again allowing access to Thomson Pass.

Classic Video: Monster Avalanche with 6 FOOT Crown

November 29th, 2013 by

Saying that it’s sensitive out there is an understatement. Many locations’ snowpacks, particularly those with  some early season snow followed by prolonged dry periods, are downright scary. This video from the Utah Avalanche Center puts what’s going on out there into perspective. The video starts with a remotely triggered avalanche with a 3′-6′ crown about 1,000′ across. The video then discusses what’s causing these sorts of avalanches. Be safe out there, and thanks to the Utah Avalanche Center for posting this.

Incredible Footage of Julien Lopez Being Buried By An Avalanche

November 18th, 2013 by

Footage of the Flying Frenchman, Julien Lopez, buried by an avalanche for 5 minutes!

“Incredible Avalanche Escape! Freeskier Julien Lopez survives a scary avalanche & tells the story!

Extreme Skier Julien Lopez is competing on the Freeride World Tour. While shooting for a new movie he found himself on top of a huge avalanche. Follow his channel and the Powdcast series for more extreme ski stories from the montains!
Thanks to all the crew : Enak Gavaggio (rider), Dom Daher (photographer), Arnaud Thomas (filmer), Julien Casagrande (Guide) and Seb the pilot of the heli” - julien lopezTV

Jackson Local Severely Injured In Avalanche

November 11th, 2013 by
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planetjh.com is reporting that a Jackson local, Scott Dixon, was severely injured in a late-day slide off Jackson Peak.  “Scott Dixon, 32, from Teton Valley, Idaho was airlifted to St. John’s Medical … Read More

Snowmobiler Avalanche Burial and Successful Victim Recovery on Video | Watch & Learn

October 23rd, 2013 by

This avalanche starts at the :37 second mark.  At 2:50 you can see the burial victim’s face and really watch the team working to get him extracted.  At 3:00 they have got the victim completely extracted.  At 3:25 you get a full analysis of the incident from the Utah Avalanche Center.

A local snowmobiler and his wife set out for an afternoon of low angle riding on March 4th 2012. Planning to stick to mellow terrain they left their avalanche rescue gear in the rig. As they pulled up to Hoyt Peak they met another group they knew and started climbing a steep east facing slope. Tyson was the sixth track on the slope when it broke above him. He tried to throttle off the slab but got thrown from his machine and held onto the bumper, getting completely buried in a slight terrain feature at the toe of the slide.

Please enjoy this remarkable story.

Thanks to all who helped make this video possible.

You can find the complete accident report by the Utah Avalanche Center here:

 Utah Avalanche Center

‘Avalanche Sharks’ Trailer | The Best/Worst Thing You Will Watch Today

October 9th, 2013 by

Spring break in the mountains: snowboarding, beer, drunken co-eds in bikinis. As the yearly Bikini Ski Day party descends on a small mountain town, something lurks beneath the snow. When an unwitting rider causes an avalanche, it awakens a huge, menacing, prehistoric Snow Shark! With a newfound taste for human flesh, the Snow Shark picks off the snow bunnies mercilessly. Cut off from help by mountainous terrain and blinding snow, the local sheriff must make an unlikely alliance with a motley crew of snowboarders to take down the Snow Shark before the white hills run red with blood!

Read more: filmdrunk

Avalanche Gear

Scot Schmidt Talks About Being Caught In An Avalanche

October 7th, 2013 by

Scot Schmidt on being caught in an avalanche

Scot Schmidt talks with Robb Gaffney about for 

Q: When Should You Put An Avalanche Beacon on a Dog? A: NEVER

October 1st, 2013 by
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This question came up a few times during the recent “Snow-Be” (avy beacon with no search mode) discussion.  I thought I’d write here and make sure that the answer to … Read More