Quality refresher or intro into backcountry ski safety from one of the best in the business, Black Diamond athlete Mike Barney who has spent the last 19 years guiding skiing and spends on average nine months of every year taking clients into the mountains. Close your mouth, open your ears…this dude knows his stuff:
Few people spend more days on snow than Black Diamond Athlete Mike Barney. He’s been a ski guide for the last two decades and spends an average of nine months a year taking clients into the backcountry. The number one step before heading into the backcountry is reading the forecast first. In this episode, Mike Barney teaches us how to properly read an avalanche forecast, from the terminology you’ll encounter to the diagrams you’ll see.
BD Athlete Mike Barney gives us the 101 basics of a beacon check, discussing why it’s so crucial to perform this check before every mission into the backcountry. Plus, he gives an overview of a proper beacon search in the field.
In this episode, Black Diamond Athlete Mike Barney discusses the strategies used for probing and shoveling during a rescue in the field. As he explains, these steps are possibly the most physically draining during a rescue, so it’s important to have a handle on the correct techniques of using the probe and shovel.
Few people spend more days on snow than BD Athlete Mike Barney. He’s been a ski guide for the last 19 years and spends on average nine months every 365 days taking clients into the mountains. He’s amassed a level of knowledge in the mountains that’s unparalleled, which is why he’s continually sought after by the best guiding outfits around the world. From Iceland to Chile, Alaska to Silverton, Barney can be found digging pits, shredding lines, and riding shotgun in the heli while guiding clients to the goods. We followed Barney for a season, documenting his quest for the endless winter, and his journey to become the ultimate ski guide.