Whoops, it looks like we had a server glitch that reverted this post to an earlier incomplete version. Oh well, the trials of the blogger life. To reiterate, Lisa and I are over near Denver, Colorado attending some avalanche safety related events. Yesterday we did a special session with Backcountry Access, receiving their indoctrination in the ways of the Tracker, and enjoying “button free” multiple burial searches that were surprisingly effective.
Today we’re at CSAW (or at least Lisa is ;I’m in a cafe in Breckenridge trying to keep this website running). Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop can be quite interesting; we heard the big presentation this year will be a study of avalanche airbag statistics. That’s sure to be controversial. More soon. I’ll spend some time listening then get back on the writing this evening.
Anyone noticed that so many ski and snowboard flicks come out now, you’d have to spend all your waking hours watching them if you wanted to see the total? I’ve been wondering when we’d see a “correction.” The pile of glisse porn has simply become ridiculous. It’s like trying to track republican and democratic presidential candidates.
Well, the fluff purveyors at Powder-ho are cashing in their chips and moving on. I’ll miss those guys. Our son grew up on their zany humor, a nice contrast to what was a fairly subdued family lifestyle when he was forming up.
More, I always depended on the Powder-hos to give me a sense of current backcountry ski culture. Word is they’re moving to Florida to run a tarpon fishing operation and will be publishing sport fishing vids on Youtube, while attempting to not violate the Youtube user guidelines (which is probably impossible). I’m not sure what domain name they’ll use, but tarponho.com is available. More here, with discounted DVDs and such.
Sad to hear of Colorado skier dying in New Zealand due to a fall on icy terrain. This is not the first time that’s happened. Apparently the alpine NZ terrain can get glazed over leading to fatal slide-falls on terrain that would otherwise be inconsequential. News about the fall is here.
That’s all for now, I’m heading back to the convention center, or perhaps I’ll sit here and whip out another blog post we’ve got just about ready. Shall see…
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.