Avalanche Breakdown #2

In This Week's California Backcountry Report: 

Avalanche Breakdown #2

California Backcountry Report Logo for snow and avalanche conditionsUtah has its first avalanche fatality of the year and there are some valuable lessons to be learned.

We break down the next round of weather coming in.  Who will get the most snow, and how to approach some of the persistent weak layers in the snow.  This episode contains a lot of information on a variety of topics.  Listen and learn.


Disclaimer:  The avalanche report is a big-picture discussion of what is going on with the weather and snowpack for a large region.  This isn't intended as travel advice and shouldn't be taken as such.  It is incumbent on all backcountry users to get educated, make their own quality observations, and make their own evidence-based decisions.

Dutch Draw Accident Video from UAC

the following is a video from the Utah Avalanche Center from December 17th summarizing the 20191215 avalanche fatality in Dutch Draw, Park City, Utah.  The video is meant to be a learning tool for backcountry users and is no way meant to criticize those involved.  Our deepest condolences to the family of the man lost in this incident.


About The California Backcountry Report

The California Backcountry Report is a weekly podcast run throughout the wintertime that tracks weather, snowpack, avalanche activity, and the backcountry community at large.

Your Host JB Brown is an AMGA Certified Ski Guide, IFMGA Aspirant Mountain Guide, and is Avalanche Level 3 Certified.  JB has been guiding in avalanche terrain since 2006 both as a climber and as a skier.

Producer and Co-host Matt Mahaney is guides alpine rock climbing and ice climbing throughout the High Sierra for SWS Mountain Guides.  While he doesn't ski much he brings a wealth of avalanche knowledge and experience through a lifetime working and recreating in the mountain.

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