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Backcountry Basics

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by James Robb, Evergreen Backcountry Guides General Manager “3. 2. 1. Dropping!” came over the radio as the camera reels rolled into action, the heli hovered above and the perfect line opened up below him. Four or five massive turns, some sluff management and then a high speed straight-line out to the bottom. Smiles and cheers all around. All in …

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Split Decisions : The Rise of Split-boarding In Japan

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If we know one thing about winter sports it is that it is constantly evolving. Like many sports these days, the snow-sports industry has seen many changes since its early beginnings over 100 years ago. With the advent of the redesigned parabolic carving skis in the 90’s, to explosion of fat powder skis recently and the growing popularity of backcountry …

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Freeride World Tour Comes to Hakuba

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Imagine a steep snowy alpine slope of forty-five degrees or more, dotted with cliff faces, rocks, trees and natural features. This type terrain is a free rider’s dream and this past January 2017, Hakuba Village played host to the first ever Freeride World Tour in Asia. For those who may not have heard about the Freeride World Tour, it is …

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A Step Forward for Avalanche Safety in Japan – Part 1

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by Dave Enright This article was originally published on the Evergreen Outdoor Center blog on October 25, 2005. JAN has been working hard since it’s creation in 2000, by Mr. Azusa Degawa, towards avalanche safety and awareness in Japan. First with the translation of Bruce Jamiesons text, ‘Free Riding in Avalanche Terrain’ and other awareness publications into Japanese, support of Recreational Awareness …

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A Tragedy in the Japan Alps

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by Dave Enright This article was originally published on the Evergreen Outdoor Center blog on October 20, 2005. The 19th of February 2000 was not a good day to head into the backcountry of the Japan North Alps. A long spell of cold clear weather had given way to a relentless three day storm from the northwest – a storm straight from …

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Japan Backcountry Safety Preparation 2

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by Dave Enright This article was originally published on the Evergreen Outdoor Center blog on October 15, 2005. Snow Stability & Weather Conditions – In most avalanche-related accidents, people fail to recognize unstable snow conditions or to heed the warning signs. These range from obvious indications such as recent fresh avalanches, to hard-to-find weak layers in the snowpack. (Jamison and Geldsetzer, 1996) …

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Backcountry Safety Preparation 1

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by Dave Enright This article was originally published on the Evergreen Outdoor Center blog on October 10, 2005. Avalanches are acts of nature that are difficult to predict, even for the seasoned professional, and take close to one hundred and fifty lives a year around the world. (Schaerer, 1993). There are, however, many things that we – as backcountry users …