The Winter that Keeps on Giving
By Forrest Shearer
Looking out a cafe window during a mid-morning meeting on Tuesday it was hard not to daydream. It was raining hard. I had a feeling that it wasn’t time to hang up my splitboard just yet. It was June 17th and I hadn’t seen fresh snow in weeks. Will it be cold enough to snow?
With an inside scoop I received a photo of the plaza deck at the Bird. It wasn’t just any photo, it was a powder photo. The kind that gets you all squinty eyed trying to closely examine how much snow is up there. It was snowing hard up in the mountains and that was a good enough for me.
I called up photographer Andrew Miller that night and some how convinced him to dig out his shred gear and join me for a tour at Alta early the next day. Trust me, I said…
Check out the rest of Forrest’s report and more photos from Andrew Miller at Transworld Snowboarding
TR: Home, Sweet Home. Baker>Index>Rainier
By Liz Daley
Conditions were great for skinning, firm and fast. (Split-crampons are essential for spring touring on the volcanoes). The crevasses were really big, bigger than I’ve seen them in previous springs and the glacier has changed a lot in the last two years since I had been up the CD. You can easily avoid most big cracks but spring and early summer is the perfect time for those snow bridges to be getting thinner and thinner so a rope, harness, crevasse rescue skills and smart partners are essential. If you don’t have basic crevasse rescue and glacier travel skills, I offer courses through the American Alpine Institute up on Mt. Baker…
Read Liz’s full trip report at Teton Gravity Research
TR: Petit Mont Blanc: Couloir versant NE
By Liz Daley
Knowing there could still be more pow hiding and knowing that if there was it wouldn’t be good for much longer, [Caroline, Tom and I] decided to head to Italy, the land of milk, honey, and 3,000 ft. north-facing couloirs the next day. This may have been a cocktail-influenced decision, only time would tell, but I couldn’t wait to get back in this awe-inspiring zone nonetheless…
Read another fantastic TR from Liz at Teton Gravity Research