Avalanche videos pt.16

New season, new slides. Some from the southern hemisphere, others from the archives but popping up as a reminder.

Raimundo de Andraca, Sebastián Reyes & Borja Mir: Avalancha Zona central, July 12th in Chile

Henry Tof, ski cut @ Helbronner Petit Flambeau

Tanner Hall and buddies setting off avalanches all over this teaser

Nick McNutt filming with TGR outruns an avalanche. I’m always hesitant to post videos where someone escapes a slide, like that would be a totally normal and expected outcome.

Greg Hill and his 5 rules starts with a large avalanche

MSNBC does a very simplified “How to escape an avalanche” feature

Andrea Binning in BC, the slide that made the cover of Staying Alive In Avalanche Terrain by Bruce Tremper.

Eric Frigon, ski cutting a soft slab in Calamity couloir on Lipallian (South aspect), Alberta, Canada.

Sledders in Revelstoke, 2015 season

Nick Dorotik ends up on top after setting off a small slab in Colorado somewhere

Snowboarder cutting a slope at 3300m on Deda-Ena (Gudauri, Georgia) on 19.11.2016

Travis Rice broke a few bones in this big slide while filming The Fourth Phase

Avalanche videos part 15

End of the season wrap up. As far as avalanche safety is concerned it seems to have been a relatively good winter. Glad to report avalanche deaths in the Alps were substantially lower (61+) compared to the previous season (137+). US (27) and Canadian (16) winter was average in that statistic however with 0 (skier) fatalities in Colorado. That apparently hasn’t happened in a long time. Or as Karl Birkenland of National Avalanche Center points out: U.S. Avalanche Deaths Remain Steady in Past 22 Years Despite Explosion in Backcountry Use.

Assuming a conservative estimate of use increasing 8 times and combining it with our flat fatality trend means our fatality rate (avalanche fatalities per backcountry user day) has dropped dramatically. In fact, this suggests that our fatality rate has dropped by at least a factor of 8 (and probably more) over the past 22 years.

To the best of my knowledge there have been 0 fatalities in Slovenia this winter but that’s far less uncommon (despite the same type of increase in backcountry use experienced elsewhere). But more importantly for Slovenia, end of the season was also the start for the new and improved avalanche bulletin. And there’s some more exciting things coming out in the next few years.

Moving on to the videos collected since February:

Tanner Hall, setting off more than a few avalanches in this video

A relatively small, low consequence slide in Ischgl, Austria, March 2016

Skier triggered Storm Slab avalanche. 1st Creek, Colorado, March 25 2016

Austin Porzak getting swept over a cliff. Screenshot at the moment he’s still hanging on to a tree. East Vail, Colorado, March 2016.

2 skiers caught in a large soft slab avalanche in the Vail/Summit zone, Colorado, March 19 2016.

Turkey pillow line avalanche

Sluff engulf

Spring conditions and a wet slab on Mt. Lindsey, April 13 2016

BD/Pieps Jetforce airbag release in Niseko, Japan

TGR – Sammy C project in BC

Speedflier sets off avalanche

Snowmobile section

Snowmobiling near Golden, British Columbia, March 13 2016

Another snowmobile sidecutting, Valemount, January 23 2016

Snowmobiler not riding fast enough even with ample warning time.

Not really the kind of cliff drop he was expecting, Vail pass on snowmobile

Slightly older videos I haven’t seen yet

Hunter Schleper out-runs an avalanche on his snowboard, 2014

05.01.2015 in Königstal

ABS promo with Géraldine Fasnacht

EPIC TV – It Takes Two to Telemark

Präbichl, Austria

Snowboarder, unknown location, March 2013

Norwegian summer & winter

Just got the idea it would be interesting to compare same/similar scenes from Norway in the summer and winter through photos. Photos taken in July/August 14 and February 16.

Leirdalen toll road, Jotunheimen NP
plenty of wind transported snow on Hemsedalsfjellet


weird swirling cloud formations above Årdalsfjorden/Lærdalsfjorden


wind, waves & crazy currents – my place is out there, Rongøyna island
revisiting my favorite swim spot on Rongøyna


Sikkildalshøa & Heimdalshøe


Bessa river, Besshøe (2258m) & Besshøbrean glacier
Røgjin, Hemsedal, 1370m


Bessa river crossing
Svarthetta ridge, Grøndalen/Hemsedal

More below in the slideshows

Winter tour of Sør-Norge

Summer tour of Sør-Norge

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