It was the first bluebird day of the season in Huntington, but as is typically the case on the “rock pile,” winds were hammering start zones and the skis on our packs were turning into sails. After being knocked down to our hands and knees (while climbing over a fun mixture of rock, rotting snow, [...]

Multiple Goals and Precommitment

An excerpt from a recent paper on the importance of goal abandonment in avalanche terrain. One way for backcountry skiers to create goal elasticity is by regularly assessing whether or not their plans are robust (work well across a wide range of circumstances and are flexible to unknowns), brittle (work well under limited conditions) or [...]