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The A,B,C, and D of Strategic Shoveling | Watching This Could Save Your Ski Pal’s Life.

January 31st, 2013 by
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When your ski pal gets caught in an avalanche Time is Everything. Modern avalanche beacons do a great job of locating avalanche victims, but the real time consumer is the digging. In this video Backcountry Access shows us the proper techniques for strategic shoveling.

A: Airway. Dig downhill of the victim to protect their airway from being impacted.

B: Burial Depth. For burials of less than one meter, dig from the probe strike. For burials of greater depth, begin digging from 1.5 times the depth below the probe.

C: Clear Snow to Sides. Moving snow to the sides rather than downhill will help you when digging a deep hole.

D: Dig Only Once. Having to move snow more than once is inefficient and should be avoided in all but the deepest of burials.

Visit backcountryaccess.com/education to learn more.
Additional footage provided by Teton Gravity Researchand Frontier Films.

Skier Survives Massive Avalanche – TGR

January 22nd, 2013 by
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TGR brings us this video of skier Will Burks trigging a massive slab avalanche in Alaska.

VIDEO: Avalanche in Hakuba, Japan Yesterday

January 21st, 2013 by

From a local source in Hakuba, we have learned this about this avalanche yesterday:

- This avalanche occurred within a permanent closure at Goryu ski resort

- This terrain is accessed from a chairlift

- This avalanche occurred in a zone that is a major terrain trap where 5 gullies come together into one large gully that then ends in a 45 degree wall

- Last year a Japanese man was killed by an avalanche in the same zone that buried him 5 meters+ (16ft +) under snow

- This avalanche was caused by someone skiing above the skier in the video

Avalanche On Mount Washington | 3 Injured

January 18th, 2013 by
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At around 5 p.m. yesterday, an avalanche struck on New Hampshire’s Mount Washington. The avalanche swept three climbers 800′ down an icy gully in Huntington Ravine. The climbers where all injured in … Read More

Steep And Deep…A Free Avalanche Clinic @ Squaw

January 15th, 2013 by
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Head out to Squaw Valley Saturday, January 19th for a free avalanche awareness class. Get hands on help with Squaw Valley Ski Patrol to raise attention from decision making, to the science of avalanches, awareness and snow safety. … Read More

First U.S. Avalanche Death of 2013

January 14th, 2013 by
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Accident Summary Colorado’s second avalanche fatality of the season occurred on Sunday in an area south of the town of Marble. The avalanche happened in the Raspberry Creek drainage which … Read More

Woman Resuscitated After Being Buried In Avalanche

January 13th, 2013 by
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Elisabeth Malloy, age 43, was backcountry skiing with a companion on Saturday in Millcreek Canyon, UT (next to Big Cottonwood Canyon) when she was buried in an avalanche. Her ski partner was … Read More

Another Skier Buried In An Avalanche In Tahoe | Video of Avalanche & Rescue

December 31st, 2012 by
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Information provided by sierraavalanchecenter.org

A party of 5 skiers was descending Echo Peak one at a time. One skier with terrain familiarity chose to descend a steeper area above a small cliff and abrupt slope angle transition which represented a terrain trap. Upon reaching a convex portion of the slope where slope angle increased to 44 to 47 degrees, the avalanche was initiated. The wind slab failed on a 1.5 inch thick layer of lower density storm snow with a small amount of graupel present within the layer. Slab thickness ranged from around 6 inches near the trigger point to near 18 inches at the skier’s right edge of the crown near the ridgeline. The skier was carried over the small cliff and buried in the terrain trap below. The skier was able to put a hand up above the snow surface and then brush snow away from his airway which was under the snow surface. Otherwise, the buried individual was unable to move. The other members of the group organized their rescue, keeping two members in a safe area on the ridge and sending two other members one at a time down to the buried individual. The buried individual was found via the visual clue of a waiving hand just above the snow surface. A transceiver search was not needed.

Video 1: Footage of the skier triggering the avalanche and companion rescue. The exchange of transceiver and backpack shown in the video was due to the presence of two transceivers, two shovels, and two probes carried in total within the group of five. One of those transceivers and one set of rescue gear was with the buried individual. A lack of familiarity with the packed rescue equipment lead to use of the shovel blade without the handle.

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Skier triggered avalanche on Echo Peak

Location Name: Echo Peak
Region: Echo Summit Area

See map: Google Maps

Date and time of avalanche (best estimate if unknown):

Sat, 12/29/2012 – 1:10pm

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Aspen Ski Patroller Dies in Avalanche

December 30th, 2012 by
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An Aspen ski patroller died today after being swept off a cliff in a small slide. It is being reported that the patroller was a 49 year old female and was … Read More

Snowboarder Killed in Inbounds Avalanche at Tahoe’s Donner Ski Ranch + Alpine Patroller Buried In An Avalanche And In Critical Condition

December 24th, 2012 by
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A local Truckee man was killed Monday after being swept away in an inbounds avalanche while snowboarding at Donner Ski Ranch. The Tahoe Daily Tribune reports that the Nevada County … Read More