Tuesday, February 4, 2014

AAI Avalanche Course

The last couple of weekends have been spent teaching avalanche courses for the American Alpine Institute. Although the snow pack has been a little boring, the weather has been great and it has made for some great courses. Below are a few photos of the last two trips.

 Early morning skiing in some nice light.

Route finding and some wet surface conditions.

Although most of the snow was pretty solid, Small areas of instability were found. Here we conduct compression tests on the snow.

Failure layers in the first 20cm.

Time to ski.

A little route finding practice.

South slopes with lots of sun showed evidence of recent slides.

Skinning to find good snow.

Good snow had been located.

--Alasdair Turner, Instructor and Guide

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