Death of the Avalanche Danger Rating

Jeff Ward
Submitted by Jeff Ward on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 05:19
I guess a more appropriate title for this post would be "The Death of the Avalanche Danger Rating (for educated backcountry travelers)".  For years, as a guide, I've struggled with the difficulty of having to classify a particular avalanche problem or problems as being Low, Moderate, Considerable, High or Extreme.  To me, it always felt like a very blunt tool to describe a very complex situation.

The Tipping Point

Jeff Ward
Submitted by Jeff Ward on Thu, 01/02/2014 - 17:36

It looks like there is a storm forecasted to hit the region today and tonight.  This storm could lay down a fair bit of snow.  Something we’ve all be waiting for.   With that in mind we need to make sure we are keeping our desires for pow in check.

The High Route

Jeff Ward
Submitted by Jeff Ward on Fri, 11/01/2013 - 19:12

As we’ve gotten older here at NCMG, we have started to think more and more about milestones.  Most of these milestones revolve around our kids – first birthday, first bicycle, first black diamond run etc., etc….  These milestones and our families are by far the most important things in our lives, but the milestones around NCMG and the life we’ve chosen as guides are also very important to us.

Training for Alpine Climbing

Larry Goldie
Submitted by Larry Goldie on Thu, 02/21/2013 - 20:47

By Scott Johnston

The following is not meant as a training manual for you personally, but more as introduction to some general training ideas that will hopefully spur you into developing a plan that works well for you. Keep in mind that there are many ways to increase your endurance through training. Entire books have been written on the various methods; we are proposing here a couple of simple basic ideas.

Big Mountains, Small Packs and French Wine: Ski Touring Europe's High Level Route

Jeff Ward
Submitted by Jeff Ward on Sat, 11/17/2012 - 23:00

by Larry Goldie

Originally published in the Fall '07 edition of MVSTA's Trails Magazine

After 15 years of guiding, I have learned that these words are rarely a good sign.
"I think I forgot my skins at the last hut,"   said Andrea letting out a heavy sigh.  My mind reeled with all of our possible options.