Archive for February, 2011

Custom avalanche courses, continued training, and even some personal skiing?!

February 20, 2011

Well it will finally start to slow down for us in the avalanche business for the season. Outside of our normal scheduled courses, we’ve run quite a few custom courses including trainings for BSU, the College of Idaho, Navy Seals, the SV Fire Department, and company groups from other states.  As part of our continued involvement with AIARE, SMG also hosted and participated in a Instructor Training Course for avalanche course teachers, here in Stanley.

Although we’ve been busy, we’ve managed to get out and ski some on our free time..trip reports to come.

-Clark

January Avalanche Courses

February 1, 2011

Well, its been another busy month with avalanche education.  We’ve had our regular scheduled Level 1 courses, and mixed in between several custom courses.  In fact, as I sit here and write this, we are preparing for a custom training tomorrow, and another custom course next week!  Trip reports to come…

Our avalanche 1 courses had a nice mix of skiers and splitboarders, and a nice mix of conditions too.  During 1 we had stable snow, but the next week we had new snow and a warm up, which spiked up avalanche conditions.  On our valley course we got to check out and compare the snowpacks from Galena Pass to Banner Summit, not far apart, but certainly 2 entirely different zones.  Overall we had good examples of why we look at the layering of the snowpack, but also pay attention to obvious signs of instabilities and trends.  Thanks guys check back soon!

-Clark