I collect these videos because I (we) hope to learn from the mistakes of others. Unfortunately there’s been so many avalanche incidents this winter that I have to publish this quite soon after part 10 (a disturbing number in itself). Morris counted 75 avalanche fatalities so far this winter in the Alps. Unfortunately that number is wrong at the date of publishing, it’s too low by at least a few unlucky ones.
Like he keeps saying since December: no avalanche knowledge = stay on the piste. I would add to that… have knowledge = don’t do stupid things. And that goes for me as well.
The very least you should do, if you, or anyone else you know, have any intention of skiing the backcountry or out-of-bounds terrain is gain some awareness. Certain companies finally stepped up their “social responsibility” and are beginning to offer the avalanche basics in convenient online courses. Latest examples are Ortovox Safety Academy and Salomon + Atomic Mountain Academy. Do yourself a favor and go through everything they have to say then check your ego and forget about everyone else riding insane lines right in front of you. Ride smart.
Someone goes for a ride in Black Iron Bowl at Telluride
The day after 15 of 2.5kg bombs were dropped on that face, Julien Lopez still trigged a slab during his FWT run in Kappl, Tirol
Hard slab fracturing above a snowboarder, early February on Papusa in Romania.
Snowskater triggers and outruns a small(ish) slab on Vail pass
Snowmobiler burrial… no matter how many times the guys say “unbelieveable”, it really isn’t. But a great response by the buddies nevertheless.
Effective use of an airbag (looks like SnowPulse) on San Pellegrino on February 7th.
Another ABS in use on the Arcelle at Val d’Isere
Also one from last April on Grand Motte