Changing the Culture of Shame

Bruce Tremper, Director, Utah Avalanche Center

Talking with Utah Avalanche Center director Bruce Tremper about fostering avalanche victims and their voices. 


Kim Kircher, Edge Radio

Kim Kircher's, Edge Radio does a great job addressing all aspects of adventure sports. Among other topics, Kim talks with Robb Gaffney about decision making and the founding principles of Sportgevity. 

Steep and Deep

Live in Tahoe? This is a must!

Sportgevity is proud to be a part of Lel Tone’s Steep and Deep Free Avalanche Awareness Clinic this coming Saturday January 19th, 2013 at the Plaza Bar in Squaw Valley. Doors open at 6:30pm. There is no greater opportunity to come in contact with experts who really know their stuff with regard to avalanche science, awareness, and safety. Speakers will address a variety of issues, including the all important human factors in decision making. If you venture into the backcountry or ski inbounds after deep storms, this clinic is a must. 


Who are the role models now?

Kids spying difficult terrain

----written January 2012

My kids learned to ski in the late 1990’s.  Snowboarding was BIG.  We had to twist their arms and offer all sorts of deals to sign them up for ski team.  They could snowboard after they learned to ski was the deal we struck in a Monty Hall sort of way.  Door #1 was skiing, doors #2 & #3… who cared? We knew they’d be hooked once they got it.  


Colorado Matters, Colorado Public Radio

Colorado Public Radio and Matt Hansen from POWDER Magazine address risk in skiing and the goals of Sportgevity.

Snowsports helmet studies - a model for the future?

Once again we have a study that supports the use of helmets in recreational skiers and snowboarders. The article, "An evidence-based review: Efficacy of safety helmets in the reduction of head injuries in recreational skiers and snowboarders", by Haider et al in the November 2012 issue of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery evaluated existing evidence regarding helmet use in snow sports with respect to head injuries, neck and cervical spine injuries, and risk compensation behaviors.

Avalanche Training, Confidence and Risk Perception

Silver Peak Low Angle Avalance Crown
Silver Peak Crown Observer

One of our goals at Sportgevity is to expose research articles that could potentially increase sustainability in the sports we love. Every once in awhile we run across  research that may not yet have seen its full potential in the public eye. Some of the best information from some of the best researchers often remains surprisingly low profile.

Ian McCammon, PhD, is one of those researchers whose work could potentially benefit all winter backcountry travelers. That’s if people know about it and spend time really trying to understand it.

Addressing Teen Risk in Sports

Kids Skiing Extra Chute

We all know it. We all know our action sports have become riskier. Compared to 30 years ago or even 15 years ago, kids entering action sports today are dealing with the laws of physics jacked up on steroids. They are going faster, higher, farther, and adding complexities that make pioneering tricks of the 80s look like child’s play. What a wonderful demonstration of the pioneering human spirit - right?

Mike Douglas on Longevity

Mike Douglas

More than anything, creativity and an open mind has kept me in love with the sport of skiing for the past 30 years. When I was younger I always saw becoming a good skier as a destination - winning a contest, sticking a new trick, or jumping the highest cliff. As I've grown older (and hopefully wiser), I've realized it's the journey and evolution that continues to inspire me. Risk is inherent in any sport worth doing. Simply getting out and living life puts us all at some sort of risk.


Helmets in Skiing and Snowboarding

Scot Schmidt

You might ask “do you really need to post something about using helmets when  skiing or snowboarding?” Doesn’t it seem like most skiers and snowboarders on the mountain have made the switch because of the knowledge that helmets do actually protect your brain from potential injury? Since the late 1990’s there’s been a dramatic shift in the numbers of resort skiers and snowboarders wearing helmets.