Almost 30 Avalanche Deaths in as many days... one fatality's retrospective
Sadly we have witnessed many fatal avalanches across the intermountain West this last month due to a trifecta of factors. A persistent weak layer of snow buried deep followed by large snowfalls combined with more people in the backcountry than ever has created the "Perfect Storm" of avalanche conditions. Although the West Coast has been left out of this storm cycle and avalanche danger, the object lesson should still be plain. If you plan to travel into the BC on skis, board, snowshoes or machine, take the time to prepare with an Avy 1 class and all the necessary equipment including beacon, probe and shovel. Check out some of this POV footage sponsored by the USFS of one of the recent fatalities.