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Yo my friends - #winteriscoming and I am highly recommend you the Avalanche Safety refreshment courses to be better prepared and fine tune your knowledge.
You will know basically all aspects of backcountry freeride in Europe & North America.
Please note the theory is a base and it's an A-B-C procedure
only. The aspects of the local mountain environment could vary, so it's absolutely must to check with the locals about the specifics of the terrain, region etc.
Enjoy and stay Safe!

Alex Orlov
I have been passionate about climbing for almost 20 years of my life. I love to climb, I love the mountains, the challenge, I love pushing limits of fear and comfort, the travels and the friendships that result from the intensity of solitude that the sport brings with it.

A new BD JetForce 2 ! Evolution of the avalanche gear is here!
Featuring the latest advancement in avalanche airbag technology, the Black Diamond Jetforce Tour uses the new Alpride E1 Airbag system, which is electrically powered by cutting-edge supercapacitors.

The fully-electronic, turbine-based fan system is powered by supercapacitors, which makes it cartridge free and easy to travel with. Plus, it charges via a micro USB and two AA batteries.

The system is compact and simple to use, with a single on/off switch and blinking status indicator lights that can be visibly checked from the outside of the pack while being worn. The pack's mechanical deploy trigger can be switched from shoulder to shoulder for customized preference, and once the pack is deployed, two AA batteries will recharge the capacitors in less than one hour while in the field.

How i could describe freedom? Probably only with untracked snowflakes on a sunny day ..
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Each winter, new avalanche safety products are revealed at a tradeshow that most sledders will have never even heard of. The Outdoor Retailer Winter Market is a huge tradeshow specifically for retailers and media involved in the outdoor industry, and it is off-limits to public consumers.

"Outdoor industry" in this case refers to mostly human powered recreation and clothing. However, each year there are innovative new avalanche safety products revealed that will end up in the hands of mountain sledders the following season—products that could very well be used to save the life of a fellow sledder. So it's worth checking out the show to see what's new.

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While travelling and ice climbing in Austria / Tirol, with some plans in mind to climb in Slovenia, i was looking for a mobile application , that i could use
remotely in the mountains , checking up current conditions of avalanches.
The set of applications currently is covering all the globe , in addition with Free Online Wilderness medical online course. Play safely and enjoy the wilderness!

Snowpack. Learn about how layers in the snowpack interact with each other to create slab avalanches.

Filmmaker Francois Desrosiers of FD Productions shot the video in 2012-13 with a host of riders across BC, capturing not only some great action but also some straight-shooting commentary from avalanche experts, brand-name riders and even some avalanche survivors.

The series is anchored by Avalanche Canada Forecaster Joe Lammers, a man equally at home on sled and skis.

Avalanche Problems
The Avalanche Problems describe part of the nature of the current avalanche danger. Understanding the current Problems is essential, because it allows you to determine your approach and strategies to risk treatment. Below are brief descriptions of the Avalanche Problems, and links to detailed information on the Problem, formation, patterns, recognition, and avoidance strategies.

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Loose Dry
Release of dry unconsolidated snow. These avalanches typically occur within layers of soft snow near the surface of the snowpack. Loose-dry avalanches start at a point and entrain snow as they move downhill, forming a fan-shaped avalanche. Other names for loose-dry avalanches include point-release avalanches or sluffs. Loose-dry avalanches can trigger slab avalanches that break into deeper layers.
Loose Dry avalanches are usually relatively harmless to people. They can be hazardous if you are caught and carried into or over a terrain trap (e.g. gully, rocks, dense timber, cliff, crevasse) or down a long slope. Avoid traveling in or above terrain traps when Loose Dry avalanches are likely.

Storm Slab
Release of a soft cohesive layer (a slab) of new snow that breaks within the storm snow or on the old snow surface. Storm-slab problems typically last between a few hours and few days. Storm-slabs that form over a persistent weak layer (surface hoar, depth hoar, or near-surface facets) may be termed Persistent Slabs or may develop into Persistent Slabs.
You can reduce your risk from Storm Slabs by waiting a day or two after a storm before venturing into steep terrain. Storm slabs are most dangerous on slopes with terrain traps, such as timber, gullies, over cliffs, or terrain features that make it difficult for a rider to escape off the side.

Wind Slab
Release of a cohesive layer of snow (a slab) formed by the wind. Wind typically transports snow from the upwind sides of terrain features and deposits snow on the downwind side. Wind slabs are often smooth and rounded and sometimes sound hollow, and can range from soft to hard. Wind slabs that form over a persistent weak layer (surface hoar, depth hoar, or near-surface facets) may be termed Persistent Slabs or may develop into Persistent Slabs.
Wind Slabs form in specific areas, and are confined to lee and cross-loaded terrain features. They can be avoided by sticking to sheltered or wind-scoured areas.

Persistent Slab
Release of a cohesive layer of soft to hard snow (a slab) in the middle to upper snowpack, when the bond to an underlying persistent weak layer breaks. Persistent layers include: surface hoar, depth hoar, near-surface facets, or faceted snow. Persistent weak layers can continue to produce avalanches for days, weeks or even months, making them especially dangerous and tricky. As additional snow and wind events build a thicker slab on top of the persistent weak layer, this avalanche problem may develop into a Deep Persistent Slab.
The best ways to manage the risk from Persistent Slabs is to make conservative terrain choices. They can be triggered by light loads and weeks after the last storm. The slabs often propagate in surprising and unpredictable ways. This makes this problem difficult to predict and manage and requires a wide safety buffer to handle the uncertainty.

Loose Wet
Release of wet unconsolidated snow or slush. These avalanches typically occur within layers of wet snow near the surface of the snowpack, but they may quickly gouge into lower snowpack layers. Like Loose Dry Avalanches, they start at a point and entrain snow as they move downhill, forming a fan-shaped avalanche. They generally move slowly, but can contain enough mass to cause significant damage to trees, cars or buildings. Other names for loose-wet avalanches include point-release avalanches or sluffs. Loose Wet avalanches can trigger slab avalanches that break into deeper snow layers.
Travel when the snow surface is colder and stronger. Plan your trips to avoid crossing on or under very steep slopes in the afternoon. Move to colder, shadier slopes once the snow surface turns slushly. Avoid steep, sunlit slopes above terrain traps, cliffs areas and long sustained steep pitches.

Wet Slab
Release of a cohesive layer of snow (a slab) that is generally moist or wet when the flow of liquid water weakens the bond between the slab and the surface below (snow or ground). They often occur during prolonged warming events and/or rain-on-snow events. Wet Slabs can be very destructive.
Avoid terrain where and when you suspect Wet Slab avalanche activity. Give yourself a wide safety buffer to handle the uncertainty.

Cornice Fall
Cornice Fall is the release of an overhanging mass of snow that forms as the wind moves snow over a sharp terrain feature, such as a ridge, and deposits snow on the downwind (leeward) side. Cornices range in size from small wind lips of soft snow to large overhangs of hard snow that are 30 feet (10 meters) or taller. They can break off the terrain suddenly and pull back onto the ridge top and catch people by surprise even on the flat ground above the slope. Even small cornices can have enough mass to be destructive and deadly. Cornice Fall can entrain loose surface snow or trigger slab avalanches. Cornices can never be trusted and avoiding them is necessary for safe backcountry travel. Stay well back from ridge line areas with cornices. They often overhang the ridge edge can be triggered remotely. Avoid areas underneath cornices. Even small Cornice Fall can trigger a larger avalanche and large Cornice Fall can easily crush a human. Periods of significant temperature warm-up are times to be particularly aware.

Release of the entire snow cover as a result of gliding over the ground. Glide avalanches can be composed of wet, moist, or almost entirely dry snow. They typically occur in very specific paths, where the slope is steep enough and the ground surface is relatively smooth. The are often proceeded by full depth cracks (glide cracks), though the time between the appearance of a crack and an avalanche can vary between seconds and months. Glide avalanches are unlikely to be triggered by a person, are nearly impossible to forecast, and thus pose a hazard that is extremely difficult to manage.

Predicting the release of Glide Avalanches is very challenging. Because Glide Avalanches only occur on very specific slopes, safe travel relies on identifying and avoiding those slopes. Glide cracks are a significant indicator, as are recent Glide Avalanches.

The unique and diverse snow climate of the Elk Mountains paired with the remoteness of Crested Butte, Colorado, surrounded by acres of pristine wilderness, has presented challenges and limitations for state-wide forecasting operations. The Crested Butte Avalanche Center (CBAC) was born in 2002 out of a need for accurate snow and avalanche information in the Gunnison Valley. Unlike other government funded centers, the CBAC was started by volunteer forecasters issuing daily forecasts from a basement work station. A true labor of love for backcountry recreation.

In the past decade, the CBAC has made huge improvements to meet the demands of our growing backcountry community. Backcountry use continues to grow in the mountains around Crested Butte and our non-profit avalanche forecasting center is working to match strides with the public's increased need for accurate and useful weather, snowpack, and avalanche information. Through daily avalanche advisories, public outreach, and educational events, we are committed to making the backcountry a safer place.

"Powder is Knowledge "-

is a Self funded Snow Safety Hub for Freeride & Backcountry Skiers/ Snowboarders , Alpine and Ice Climbers . For everyone, who actively spends hours or work in Avalanche Terrain. The Aim is : To fund-in research in avalanches & snow safety.
Guilt Trip - amazing . Think before consume..
The only thing greater than this group of skier's desire to claim a first ski descent on Greenland's second highest peak is the size of their carbon footprint to get there. Loaded with guilt, they decide to bring along renowned glaciologist, Alun Hubbard, who's scientific hypothesis, if proven, could rewrite popular projections of global sea-level rise. However, the entire expedition is put in question when they arrive in Greenland and discover their objective is beyond the range of all available aircraft. Shot on location in Greenland
The Avalanche Whisperer

As an avalanche controller, Kevin Fogolin gets to work and ski in some of the most spectacular mountains on earth. We follow him on his job as he brings down some of the most impressive avalanches ever caught on film.
One of the best Snow Safety Schools of the continent!
Professional avalanche worker training is undergoing big changes for the 2017/18 season! The new Pro Training courses offer valuable, relevant skill development for avalanche workers at a variety of points in their careers.

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Valhala Mountain Lodge
It's no myth, our terrain is legendary.

Legends are told of a remote backcountry ski lodge in the halls of Valhalla, just mere hours from the hamlet of Nelson, BC – in the world famous powder fields of the West Kootenays. Those that venture here swear to keep the secret of this alpine paradise, but the legend grows deeper each passing year.
is a land of plenty: no fewer than 10 stellar alpine basins. Deep powder lines, crystalline mountain air, enticing terrain – something for everyone just out the front door.
The Fine Line

A 16mm Avalanche Education Film
That is fantastic resource ..

If you are a powder skier or a keen snowboarder , mostly skier .
Where to travel ?
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Decision Making - practice !
Olivia Buchanan panned the telescope across the top of Kendall Mountain, looking for slide activity. From her friend's living room in downtown Silverton, Colorado, she could make out what looked like a half-decent approach to the summit ridge, 4,000 feet above town. She saw open, wind-loaded powder shots funneling into Idaho Gulch on looker's right and—as a potential Plan B if the gulch proved sketchy—the twin entrances to the Rabbit Ears (also known as the Arcade Chutes) funneling straight to 12th Street. She saw two sets of tracks on the summit, beckoning, It's good to go up here! The day was Monday, January 5. The sky was clear; the wind had eased and the temperature in town was in the low 40s. Tomorrow would be her last day to sneak in a ski tour in her home mountains before taking off.We're here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?
A new edition of a best-selling classic. Snow Sense is North America's leading primer on how to avoid getting caught in an avalanche. Written by the experts, Snow Sense focuses on the critical terrain, snowpack, weather, and human factors that allow avalanche accidents to happen. A must-have for anyone who works or plays in avalanche country.

If you travel in the mountains, you understand that knowledge equates to safety. Snow Sense is your source of unparalleled wisdom. It could save your life. --Conrad Anker, Professional alpine climber and author
Praise for previous editions: No other (avalanche) teachers have more credibility...Snow Sense is by far the best material available on staying alive in avalanche country. --Steve Casimiro, Powder Magazine

Avy savvy backcountry skiers and riders know that three things count when it comes to the terrain's influence on avalanches: the slope, the elevation, and the (compass) aspect. And the Avalanche Inclinometer delivers all three. Sure, you can find plenty of inclinometer apps (also known as clinometers) that are designed for carpenters, but Steve's Avalanche Inclinometer is meant for people who spend time in avalanche terrain.
This app shows the slope, elevation, and aspect in BIG FONTS which are perfect for tired eyes in stormy (or bright-and-too-sunny) weather. And it doesn't display a gaggle of tiny buttons and widgets to decipher when you should be skiing.
You can sight across a slope by holding your phone parallel to the slope, or you can sight up or down a slope by sighting along the long-edge of your phone like a gunsight. (Through-the-camera sighting is nifty when the light is just right, but it often isn't.).


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It's a Dream !
13 resorts of dry Powder and even more..

Only in Canada you will find to :
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ANENA is the French National Association for Snow and Avalanche Study. Its mission is to improve knowledge of the snow and avalanches, focusing on mountain professionals and other who work in the mountain environment. They aim to prevent accidents through the dissemination of information, public education and vocational training both for the general public and professionals. ANENA are experts in the control of avalanches using explosives, and

Have a look at The BCA Trackers 3 Beacon course , All in details . Practice - Practice - Practice!
Who is there ? Yep , you got it .
Many years ago i have started my journey into the unknown, into the backcountry , that amazed me and keep doing it for many , many years.
Today i want to introduce you to BCA , that stands for Backcountry Access . Check there handouts , how to stay safe , and how to use their gear, applying rescue methods accordingly .
We stands for it together : "At Backcountry Access we make tools to access and enjoy the backcountry, and most important to come back safely. Tracker avalanche beacons, shovels, probes, Float airbags and BC Link group communication radios. All industry leading products designed for reliability and ease-of-use under"

If you are planning a trip to North America - Click this resource and be prepared beforehand. Great tips and educational on-line course , also an up to date handy bullitens with current avalanche hazard conditions .

What to take with you on a ride ?
My Powder essentials are :

* Transceiver
* Shovel
* Probe
* Tool Kit
* First Aid
* Helmet
* Avalung
* AirBag

If you do not have any of those , or anyone of you Powder Buddies - then stay on a groomed terrain .
Why ? Any clue?

Here you go - a comparison for a Airbag companion for your winter missions .

A complete review from the Gear Guru

Let me know , if you have used any of those ?
And your preferences Canister deployment or an Air Fan?

Stay Safe


The Reduction Method is a way to assess winter avalanche danger. Its author is the renowned avalanche expert Werner Munter of Switzerland. It consists of a practical aid which we can use when planning winter hikes. While it can sometimes seem that the Reduction Method is too complicated, in reality it involves nothing that can be managed using common human effort. In its most basic version it can be used easily and at any time during a hike. A necessary condition is to have enough information and to consider it in advance using a 3-level approach ("the 3×3 filter").

The snow burst through the trees with no warning but a last-second whoosh of sound, a two-story wall of white and Chris Rudolph's piercing cry: "Avalanche! Elyse!"
The very thing the 16 skiers and snowboarders had sought — fresh, soft snow — instantly became the enemy. Somewhere above, a pristine meadow cracked in the shape of a lightning bolt, slicing a slab nearly 200 feet across and 3 feet deep. Gravity did the rest.

Detailed, complete and compact - the FREERIDE-MAP©
The best rides in the hottest freeride spots across the Alps - that's what Freeride Maps brings to you. These are worldwide unique maps for freeriders which make local expert knowledge freely available. All skiable slopes and couloirs are labelled as "freeride corridors" and assigned one of three colour-coded difficulty ratings.

The most impressive, thrilling and scenic ski runs from one of the world's leading ski experts.
Long descents, big verts, challenging pistes and stunning scenery, Powder is the definitive guide to the best and most feared ski runs on the planet.
Whether you're a serious off-piste skier or a novice with alpine ambitions, this visually stunning guide will undoubtedly inspire the winter Olympian in all of us. Along with classic runs in Chamonix, Whistler and Jackson Hole, Powder will also take you to offbeat and exotic locations such as the Himalayas, the Atlas Mountains and the 2014 Olympic destination of Sochi in Russia - places notable not only for the fantastic skiing and snowboarding, but also for their extraordinary scenery.

Powder is the ultimate bucket list for any snowsports enthusiast, challenging beginners and experts alike to take on the most breathtaking runs the world has to offer.

"It doesn't matter if you have made thousands of good calls – all it takes is one bad call and that is one too many. Some days the mountains are screaming GET OUT OF HERE and some days they are saying come on in – it's time to party." – Jeremy Jones

Book design is the art of incorporating the content, style, format, design, and sequence of the various components of a book into a coherent whole. In the words of Jan Tschichold, "methods and rules upon which it is impossible to improve, have been developed over centuries. To produce perfect books, these rules have to be brought back to life and applied."

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