avalanche

The Real Deal. A Riveting Account From Avalanche Survivor, Edwin LaMair

The crew transitioning above East Vail Chutes
LaMair brothers, Edwin and Davis
Edwin LaMair, CU Boulder senior

Edwin LaMair is just like many of us. He started skiing at the ripe age of 3 years old and for the last 19 winters, he has focused all his energy on finding that ultimate run in the Colorado Rockies. Like any skiers who live in Englewood, a suburb on the east side of Denver, he knows 6th avenue like the back of his hand and he can drive the I-70 corridor with his eyes closed. Edwin and his brother have spent countless days gracing the slopes of many Colorado resorts as well as various backcountry locations.

Grizzly Gulch Avalanche! A Firsthand Account Interview With Amie Engerbretson

Amie Engerbreston.        Photo: Jeff Engerbretson
Amie Engerbretson.         Photo: Megan Michelson

On December 9, 2013 pro skier Amie Engerbretson was shooting photos with another pro skier and photographer Adam Clark on a bluebird powder day at Alta, Utah. Everything was going their way—perfect snow conditions, ideal weather and light, a great crew of people. And then suddenly, all of that changed. The three of them decided to dip out of bounds to a popular backcountry spot called Grizzly Gulch, a zone Clark had shot in many times before that was just a short bootpack from the Alta parking lot. 

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

Gettin' Ready - first edition

The team
Nice crown!
Rich Meyer commands attention.

Mother nature (with a little help) gifted the first Sportgevity Gettin' Ready kids avalanche clinic a classroom that we probably will not see again for many years. Just a week prior, Squaw Valley ski patrol took a 50 pound bomb, strapped it to a kiddie sled, and lowered it down onto the face of Granite Chief Peak, releasing a massive class 3 avalanche that peeled from a 6-7 foot crown and roared down the mountain at speeds of 80 mph, pouring through trees and leaving a pile of debris 15 feet deep.

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. 

 

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.