Snow & Winter News

Powder snob perfects the science of snow
Powder snob perfects the science of snow

Most outdoors enthusiasts dabble in weather forecasting, but Jim Steenburgh takes it to a whole new level.. An avid backcountry skier, Steenburgh also happens to chair the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Utah, and has developed a better way to predict whether he’ll get to ski deep, fluffy powder or be stuck plowing mash...

Jan 22, 2021
Dust causing mountain snow to melt earlier
Dust causing mountain snow to melt earlier

Andrew Temple, of the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies, in Silverton, Colorado, looks out over the dusty snow of of the San Juan Mountains. Courtesy: Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies. Dust deposited on Colorado’s high peaks is causing snow to heat up and melt sooner, meaning paddling season starts earlier, but ski season...

Oct 17, 2020
New North American Avalanche Safety Scale Released
New North American Avalanche Safety Scale Released

The North American Avalanche Danger Scale, a system for warning . backcountry skiers, snowboarders and snowshoers of avalanche threat . levels, has been revised and released for winter 2010.. Years in the making, the new system standardizes the use of icons across. countries – including icons that can be understood by vising Europeans –. and...

Oct 22, 2010
Everest Disaster Doctor on Climber’s Miraculous Survival
Everest Disaster Doctor on Climber’s Miraculous Survival

Ken Kamler was the only doctor on Mount Everest during 1996 storm that killed eight climbers and was chronicled in Jon Krakauer’s book Into Thin Air. In the video below, Kamler talks about the miraculous survival of Beck Weathers, who survived the storm after being assumed dead and spending nearly 36 hours buried under the snow...

Apr 06, 2010