It’s been a sensitive winter for the snowpack in many regions around western North America. Shallow snowpacks and long dry spells have added up to create some touchy conditions as the numerous Colorado, Utah and recent Washington avalanche fatalities help to illustrate. Backcountry skiing is risky business, and we are all hungry for some quality powder turns.
Times of elevated hazard make finding safe skiing more difficult, but it can still be done. Check out this article about High Hazard Touring written by Larry Goldie, IFMGA Ski Guide, that appeared in Issue 43 (December 2009).
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