In This Week's California Backcountry Report:
Feet Of Snow
The storms last week were a dud but this week a new low-pressure system is moving into the area and may prove to be a stud. As a couple of feet of snow come into Northern California we know it will make for good skiing. The real question is what will this new snow mean for the current weak layers in the snowpack.
As JB and Matt learn some new details about the fatality avalanche in Northern Idaho. What was the weak layer in question and what can we take away from the incident.
Finally, we hit up the mailbag, and help with decision making and margin for error.
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.
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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