"Well, it depends..."
Countless times, this cliche answer is uttered in avalanche courses around the world. As annoying it can be, the fact is, good decisions depend on many factors. So why not watch and learn how experts make their ski touring decisions, in real life, when their safety and well-being are on the line? Well now you can.
This season long course will highlight a wide range of mountain guides and pro skiers' decision making process on personal ski tours in their area(s). You'll see them process all the things "it depends" on, and make real decisions, when dealing with this ever changing medium called snow. A medium that is so fun, yet simultaneously dangerous.
Consider yourself a fly on the wall as these professionals screen grab their morning routine; processing the avalanche forecast, recent events, making a plan, and then several video clips during their tour, making their decisions based on observations and many other factors. You'll glean helpful tricks and techniques to up your game. By hearing from over 25 pros, in different snowpacks, with different problems, all season long. This could be the most eclectic nearly-real-time collection of snow learning available.
Avoiding avalanches is a big piece of the puzzle. Another, often overlooked, big piece is how to find the best snow. Learn how to find 'the goods' too!
Deliverables For Subscribers:
- Oct 15 - April 15
- 120 Episodes
- Audio files will be available for car listening pleasure (podcast style)
- Round table discussions events where the pros will cover pertinent topics
- Lean in, get stoked, and learn in a way never before attempted!
Contributing Guides & Pros in Different Areas: Learn from their style, decision making process, and general vibe when it comes to ski touring and avalanche mitigation. How they really do things, unfiltered.
Mark Smiley (Tetons WY & Nelson BC)
Janelle Smiley (Tetons WY)
Jediah Porter (Tetons)
Adam Fabrikant (Tetons)
Colter Hinchliffe (Aspen, CO)
Jason Antin (Front Range, CO)
Buster Jesik (Front Range, CO)
Ian Havlick (Crested Butte, CO & Iceland)
Erin Laine (San Juans, CO)
Doug Krause (San Juans, CO)
Andy Dorais (Wasatch)
Mike Hattrup (Wasatch UT & Sun Valley ID)
Zeb Blais (Tahoe, CA)
Cody Townsend (Tahoe, CA)
Beau Fredlund (Cooke City MT)
Lindsay Hamm (Western WA)
Shane Robinson (Western WA)
Jake Skeen (Western WA)
Marc Chauvin (White Mountains, NH)
Eric Carter (Whistler, BC)
Joe Stock (Anchorage, Alaska)
Stian Hagen (Chamonix, France)
Ben Tibbetts (Chamonix, France)
Mike Arnold (Chamonix, France)
with more to come...
Start1) Jediah Porter - Targhee Ski Resort, Wyoming (8:15)
Start2) Mark Smiley - Teton Pass, Wyoming (5:06)
Start3) Early Season Snowpack Demo - Mark Smiley (6:48)
Start4) Gear: How To Drop Half Your Weight - Mark Smiley (10:13)
Start5) Belt Ranking Tool For New Partners - Mark Smiley (6:52)
Start6) Mindsets - Shane Robinson (8:26)
Start7) Beau Fredlund's Gear For Montana Riding and Skiing (9:45)
Start8) Stop the Glop - Mark Smiley (6:21)
Start9) Whistler BC Zone Overview - Eric Carter (Part 1) (8:42)
Start10) Whistler BC Zone (The Duffy) - Eric Carter (Part 2) (16:37)
Start11) Winter Run - Janelle Smiley (2:37)
Start12) Trip Report: Caroline Face, Mt Cook, New Zealand (48:17)
Start13) Utilizing Wind Affected Snow in MT - Beau Fredlund (8:51)
Start14) San Juan CO Scouting Mission - Doug Krause (11:06)
Start15) Data Sparse in WA - Jake Skeen (5:30)
Start16) New Areas, Roger's Pass, BC - Mark Smiley (9:49)
Start17) Aspen Intro - Colter Hinchliffe (4:02)
Start18) Crystal Mountain Ski Area, Washington - Shane Robinson (12:56)