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SNOW CHECK

Avoid Your MANtality On The Mountain

SNOW CHECK

It's your determination; its your life.  I've been out places before where you turned around because all of a sudden the clouds opened up and all you see are natural slides everywhere. Yeah, we're going to hike that cliff and drop it, the only thing is underneath of it, all of these slide paths. It's not worth it.

Snow Check

Because you're going to have people see this stuff and they're going to spaz out like the elevator is not working for them. And that becomes a mantality. If you want to survive the mountain, you have to avoid that. And no one ever told me that. I had to learn that on my own.

We alll are looking for that powder, but are we equally looking to avoid avalanches?

SUGAR SNOW IS NO good

Snow conditions and weather change the character of the snow over time. These character changes over time become lower levels, but they also become unstable so that anything that is on top of it becomes avalanche-prone under certain conditions and circumstances.

Sugar snow is no good because it can lead to a snow slide, which can lead to harm or even death.  It's no longer a snowflake. All round and none of it bonds, none of it holds together and can't make a snowball out of it, that's bad.

PLAN BEFORE YOU GO

When a snowflake falls, it is like your hands spread out, its a beautiful thing, its own individual. It's like that, and when another one comes in, it connects really strong. But what happens when the sun hits it, it turns into a ball bearing, and it melts and loses all of that. And that is where the sugar snow comes in. And a lot of times in Colorado, you'll find that in the bottom layer.

Dig a pit to check the integrity of the snow

There are different ways to do it. Me classically, I like to look at the layers, and people do different types of pressure tests. Sometimes they will get on top of the pit that is about the size of a skier, and they will jump on it to see what it does.

Tips When Checking Snow

After we hike a little bit, we came to an aspect, say its an aspect you want to ride. The classic thing to do is dig a pit. You are going to dig a pit and look at the different layers of snow and how they correlate. That right there, you see the crack. That is blown off on this last layer that came through. And then underneath that, a good foot of sugar snow on the bottom. That's kind of solid on top. It took about four tiny smacks. That is what we're riding on.

  1. DIG A PIT - When you come to a line that you are looking to take, dig a pit to look at the layers of snow.
  2. ANALYZE SNOW LAYERS - Before you even reach the mountain, you should also check the weather history for the past month where you will be riding or skiing.  After you dig your pit, try and look at the layers and how they have an impact on the snow layers
  3. CHECK AVALANCHE REPORTS AND RIDE UNDER 32 - Make sure you are familiar with the avalanche report for the day in the area you are planning on skiing or riding and to  be close to 100% safe, ride at a pitch under 32 degrees to avoid avalanches.

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