Montana Standard Reporter George Plaven talks with the parents of the 20-year-old snowmobiler killed in an avalanche in the Flint Range over the New Year’s weekend. Jasen Kellogg was an experienced snowmobiler and was wearing an avalanche beacon at the time of the slide. It took family members seven minutes to locate his body.
Two snowmobilers and [...]
I signed up for an avalanche I class this weekend. Not because I’m a huge backcountry skier, but I’d like to get into the backcountry more and figured that to go confidently and safely into unfamiliar territory, I had better learn about snow safety.
I’ve been acquiring the equipment over time. If you think skiing is expensive, [...]
By Betsy Cohen of the Missoulian
Two skiers are alive after surviving an avalanche Wednesday afternoon outside the ski area boundary at Snowbowl ski area in Missoula.
Missoula County emergency responders learned of the incident when the duo call 9-1-1 for help around 3:30 p.m., said Missoula County Sheriff Mike McMeekin.
Despite minor injuries and one head laceration, the skiers, [...]
Missoulian Opinion Editor Tyler Christensen wrote a GREAT editorial today about why it’s important to support the West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation based out of Missoula.
The foundation, which financially supports the center by the same name, operates on a shoe-string budget. Yet, it provides this increasingly important role providing snow condition advisories to the snow fanatics [...]
The Missoula Snowgoers Snowmobile Club, which operates under a U.S. Forest Service permit, will begin grooming snowmobile trails on Lolo Pass, Granite Pass and Gold Creek area beginning Wed., Dec. 1.
Photo courtesy of Missoula Snowgoers Snowmobile Club
At the Lolo Pass and Grainte Pass areas, the groomers will start at the warming hut and end at [...]
This Seattle Times story about Warren Miller makes me so angry.
Did you know that for decades, the legendary ski and snowboard filmmaker has had nothing to do with the films that display his name? That in fact, the man, who a half century ago stole our hearts with his wisecracks and passion for skiing, no longer [...]
Anyone who recreates in the back country’s blissfully snowy mountains should think of taking an avalanche class. Those tragic winter stories about people getting trapped in avalanches are just as often snowmobilers as skiers and snowboarders. Arm yourself with education.
The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education has a few helpful tips for finding a a [...]
Anyone who backcountry skis knows that it’s an expensive sport. Skiing alone costs a pretty penny for the newest high-performing gear, which, unfortunately, doesn’t keep its value well after a season. There’re ski tickets, season passes, helmets and goggles. Even the statement you’re trying to make with that solid gold or camo Burton jacket costs money, [...]