Avalanche Alert: Montana – Three Avalanches Claim the Lives of Jody Ray Verhasselt, David Lee Gaillard and Jasen Kellogg

Reports are coming in from Montana regarding three avalanches this past weekend that have claimed the lives of two snowmobilers and a skier in each respective incident. The first avalanche occurred on Saturday afternoon when 46-year-old Jody Ray Verhasselt was swept up while snowmobiling north of Cooke City. His two snowmobiling companions were unable to …

Avalanche Alert: Wyoming – Snowboarder has a Close Call at Puckerface

Wyoming saw what was thankfully a “close call avalanche” on Monday morning.  A few friends were out skiing and snowboarding Puckerface, which is just outside of Jackson Hole. After a successful first run, the cameraman captured what would have been a horrific scene at around 11:30am when a snowboarder, about to drop in, triggered a …

Avalanche Alert: Colorado – Telemark Skier from Fraser Lucky to be Alive

Colorado’s backcountry was handed a “moderate” avalanche warning after a Telemark skier triggered a fairly large avalanche near Berhound Pass this past Sunday. The skier from Fraser, who at this time has only been identified as Matt, was dragged over 400 feet across dangerously sharp rocks. He was left completely covered in snow, except for …

Embedded Day 2 – Control: Mike Enjoys Fresh Powder and Declares, Ski Season Is Ready!

Mike Douglas shows what it takes crews to prepare Whistler Mountain for the season! For skiers and snowboarders, opening day is one of the most anticipated and exciting events of the year. Weeks before resorts even announce plans to open their doors, eager enthusiasts begin checking snow reports, ordering new gear, and generally preparing for …

In Memoriam: Jamie Pierre

As you may already know, Jamie Pierre, professional skier and renowned mountain enthusiast was lost this past Sunday November 13th, in a tragic accident in Snowbird ski area due to an avalanche that swept him down a cliff and over 800 ft of jagged, rock-laden terrain. Matthew Jamie Pierre was one of the most prominent …

Ski Legend Jamie Pierre Dies in Avalanche Near Snowbird

It is with great remorse and sadness we report Jamie Pierre was killed by an avalanche in Utah earlier today. The legendary skier, cliff hucker and notoriously wild spirited Pierre was taken over a cliff in an avalanche triggered while riding with a friend at Snowbird Mountain Resort in Utah.  The Salt Lake Tribune reported …

Video Series: The Avalanche Dog Lives for Winter!

With Winter nipping at our heels it is important to remember: Safety First! In response, Heavenly Mountain Resort released the next installment of their pre-season video series “I Live for Winter” spotlighting Coomba, the avalanche dog and his “intense” training regiment which includes but is not limited to rolling around and digging on the beach! …

The National Avalanche School to Convene at Snowbird, UT

LAKEWOOD, CO – The National Avalanche School is known as the country’s oldest most acclaimed avalanche training program for those in the professional snow saftey industry. The organization offeres an extensive five-day program held at Snowbird Resort, UT from October 23-27, which provides students with an unique opportunity to interact with some of the top …

18th Annual Utah Avalanche Center Fundraiser to be Hosted by Black Diamond

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Black Diamond Equipment, Uinta Brewing Company and the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center invite you to the annual pre-season fundraiser bash complete with food from Rico Mexican Market, beer & wine and the live tunes of Herban Empire. There will also be the legendary silent auction to support the …

Ortovox Avalanche Arsenal Improved by the New SI+ Beacon

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Ortovox introduces the new S1+ and enhanced 3+ avalanche beacons for Fall/Winter 2011-12, further establishing Ortovox as the dominant leader in avalanche transceiver technology. Ortovox is an established leader in the avalanche transceiver industry with introduction of the new S1+ and enhanced 3+ avalanche beacons for Fall/Winter 2011-12. The S1+ …

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