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The Grand Teton National Park Foundation hopes to raise funds for the $25,000 project by September 1st.
August 2, 2018 By POWDER
In recent years, backcountry skiing has seen a rise in popularity, with more skiers now than ever venturing out of bounds and into the backcountry.
According to a study published by Snowsports Industries America on the 2016-17 season, 900,000 skiers and 1.1 million snowboarders reported skiing or riding in non-resort backcountry terrain. Compared to the 11.857 million people in the U.S. who participated in downhill skiing during the 2016-17 season, this number of backcountry skiers might seem minute, but participation has never been higher, and it’s only projected to continue to grow.
Grand Teton. Photo: Courtesy of Matt Hansen
In Jackson, Wyoming, where the Tetons stand as a backcountry bucket list item for many skiers, the need for more readily available and accurate backcountry information is apparent.
The Grand Teton National Park Foundation (GTNPF), a local nonprofit in Jackson, helps fund projects that “enhance Grand Teton National Park’s cultural, historic, and natural resources and to help others learn about and protect all that is special in the park.” Since its establishment in 1997, the foundation has raised over $65 million for projects that benefit the park.
Currently, GTNPF is working to fund the installation of two new avalanche forecasting devices, which would help improve the breadth of avalanche forecasts and weather information in the Teton range.
“With this project in particular, we were approached by the park service,” says Maddy Johnson, the communications manager and development officer for GTNPF. “As the number of skiers going into the backcountry continues to rise, the park saw the need for putting in weather stations.”
Grand Teton from a gaze. Photo: Courtesy of NPS
In partnership with the Bridger Teton Avalanche Center and Grand Teton National Park, GTNPF hopes to raise $25,000 by Sept. 1 to fund the installation of the new devices which will be placed in the central area of the range, where most skiing and riding occurs. If the goal is met, the forecasting will begin this upcoming winter and the information will be integrated into the Bridger Teton Avalanche Center’s forecasts.
“The $25,000 will cover the equipment and installation of the devices,” says Johnson. “We need the support of the community in order to make this happen.”
As it stands now, the avalanche forecasts from the Teton area do not include specialized weather data from inside Grand Teton National Park’s backcountry. The ski/ride terrain of the Park features big descents on big peaks, with steep terrain, untouched powder, and stunning landscapes, but the terrain can be dangerous. For example, in March 2018, two different ski parties were skiing the same couloir at the same time when an avalanche broke loose.
Luckily, no one died, but the increased backcountry use can trigger avalanche activity, emphasizing the need for a localized forecast. However, it is hopeful that the new devices could help mitigate potentially dangerous situations in this area, as skiers would be able to better prepare for various conditions and risks based on the additional data.
Grand Teton in it’s winter afternoon glory. Photo: Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
“There’s so many people going out there, which is why we saw the need for more informed avalanche information. We want people to stay safe if they decide to explore the Tetons,” says Johnson.
Athletes like Hadley Hammer and Griffin Post, who both call the Jackson area home, have shared their support for the forecasting devices on their Instagram accounts. Johnson stated that so far the fundraiser has been received positively by the Jackson community, with many vouching for its need.
To donate to the project, click here.
Posted from Powder via Adventure Sports Network
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Miles Clark | July 27, 2018
Telluride Ski Patrol
Ski patrollers are the most important people at any ski resort. The services they provide are beyond value. Patrollers perform avalanche safety, save lives and limbs, reset boundaries ropes and signage after every storm, decide what can be skied each day, answer an onslaught of questions, work long hours, handle high explosives, rope people off broken chairlifts, fire canons, train dogs to save you, and ski like demons. Patrollers spend everyday on the mountain making sure you’re as safe as possible.
Squaw Patroller throwing avalanche bomb. Squaw throws more avalanche bombs than any other ski resort on Earth.
What’s fascinating is that we don’t pay nor treat ski patrollers very well here in the US of A.
Most ski patrollers in the USA make about $10 per hour their first year and hopefully make about $20 per hour once they’ve been around a long time. They generally receive no benefits, no holiday pay, and have to work over 48 hours per week to acquire overtime pay.
Utah ski patrollers using a Howitzer to clear avalanches.
Most ski patrollers are only employed about 4 months per year. It’s a big job with huge responsibilities that requires a big sacrifice.
Considering all that patrollers do for us and for ski resorts, do we think we should pay them and treat them better? What can ski patrollers do to improve their situation?
Last March, Telluride ski resort’s ski patrollers voted to unionize. They voted 47-1 in favor of unionization. Telluride joins Crested Butte, Steamboat, and The Canyons as unionized ski patrollers.
Is this the first step towards improving pay, benefits, and treatment of ski patrollers is the USA? We certainly hope so. We’d love to see ski patrollers compensated and treated fairly for the work they do. They’re the most valuable people on the mountain.
Telluride ski patrol.Posted from Snow Btains
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Aug 09, 2018 By: Greta Brown
Just another day in Chile… thankfully not on our training lane, but where our ex-German teacher @miss_ski.nanigans has been shredding some free ride contests. #Chile #JustAnotherDay #Volcano #SomeoneSaySomething #OpenForBusiness #HopeYouBroughtAJacket
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Chile’s beloved ski resort, Nevados de Chillán, is nestled up close to the Chillán Volcano, one of the country’s most active volcanos. Beginning in July, there have been earthquakes and other seismic activity associated with explosions from the volcano.
When you are on the chairlift on your way up and suddenly the mountain decides to blow up . . Just another ski day in Chile #volcanoskiing #wearesafe #southamericanadventures @nevadosdechillan . . @k2skis @fulltiltboots @peakperformance @roecklsports @monsroyale @nakedoptics @thegoodlifecoffee @clifbar @lifebrands_food @peakperformanceaustria @peakperformancesnow #k2stateofmind #k2skis #andes #chile #southamerica #skiing #winter #volcano #eruption #wtf #crazy #ilovechile
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The Service Nacional de Geología and Minería has been tracking the volcano, and have found the current activity is associated with the growth of the Gil-Cruz lava dome.
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While most would be shocked by the volcanic activity, you can see skiers just going on with their day as if there isn’t a massive plume of smoke and volcanic ash blowing up behind them.
Would you still send it?
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