Avalanche Bulletin


The Avalanche Smartprobe launches

The AvaTech SP1 Probe, which will retail for $2,249USD ($1,499 during pre-order through December).

“Saving lives starts with understanding the snow under our feet and avoiding avalanches before they happen,” says Brint Markle, co-founder and CEO of AvaTech, a new company focused on developing proactive avalanche safety technology. Their new probe, the SP1, Read More →

September POW!

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When there’s powder it must be shredded! The earlier in the season one gets to shred, the tastier and more rewarding each floating powder turn is. The increased reward could be partially a result of the effort to capture Read More →

La Niña is back!

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La Niña conditions are back this winter. La Nina is a mass of cold water that forms out in the central pacific ocean. What does it mean for a powder skier?.. You’re gonna get dumped on in the West Read More →

Top Reasons to ski Powder

Reasons to ski powder

Powder is to skiing as waves are to surfing—especially for those who choose to exclusively ski powder? Here is a Backcountry Magazine fun cartoon that elaborates on the Read More →

Understanding Spring Danger Ratings

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Anybody who has traveled through the mountains in the spring can tell you how much the snow can change throughout a single day. Once the sun starts really shining and the snowpack shifts into a daily melt-freeze cycle, snow Read More →

Heli Skiing: The True Canadian Drug?

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In “Heli-Skiing Is the Best Drug I Have Ever Taken,” Huffington Post writer Blake Fleetwood waxes poetic on “floating down on clouds of my own creation” – the result of a day’s heli-skiing with Mike Wiegele. Says Fleetwood: “After Read More →

Greg Hill's 2014 March Madness


Backcountry skiing superman Greg Hill was on a quest in March to ski tour 100 vertical Kilometers in just 31 days. The aptly-named, 39-year-old mountaineer set his goal to climb a total of 328,000 feet, summiting 30 peaks in Read More →

Three survive full burials in Kananaskis

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Three backcountry skiers survived after being fully buried by an avalanche for 10 minutes on Sunday. The trio was skiing with three others at Hero’s Knob, a popular backcountry spot in Kananaskis Country, when their group triggered the slide Read More →

Expedition Hope

Fernie resident, Bernice Notenboom

by Jon Turk On April 2, long-time Fernie resident, Bernice Notenboom will be heading off on a ski from the North Pole to Canada’s Ellesmere Island, called Expedition Hope. In my opinion, it’s a somewhat dangerous mission, and we Read More →

CMH heli-skier dies in avalanche


A heli-skier died in a large avalanche at Canadian Mountain Holidays Adamants tenure on the morning of Monday, Mar. 24. The victim was a 45-year-old German visiting the Revelstoke area to heli-ski. Here is a message about the event Read More →

Synchronicity in Colorado

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By Jon Turk When I’m not skiing, or writing about skiing, sometimes I work as a wandering storyteller with the Weber Dance Company from Boston. Our performance, called “Synchronicity and the Sacred Space” is about the power of healing Read More →

Recent Avalanche Cycle

Going Out is not the same as Going Big

By Jon Turk As most folks know, British Columbia is just emerging from a humongous and tragic avalanche cycle, or perhaps, we’re emerging from an old one and entering a new one; it is hard to say. Over the Read More →

13+ feet of snow in February!

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To say Stevens Pass ski resort got a little bit of snow this month is to say a few people showed up Downtown for the Seahawks Super Bowl Parade. The ski resort said Thursday that so far this month, Read More →

The Dogtooth Dash Returns to Kicking Horse

The Dogtooth Dash

The 6th annual Dogtooth Dash, an endurance race, will return to BC’s Kicking Horse Mountain Resort March 21-22, 2014. , From the racer’s mouths, The Dogtooth Dash is the most exciting, scenic and challenging event in the Ski Mo Read More →

Paralympian joins Northern Escape staff

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Among the newcomers to the Northern Escape Heliskiing crew this winter is 27-year-old server, Andrea Dziewior. Aside from her friendly personality and kind smile, there is something unique about her that may not be noticeable immediately. Due to complications Read More →