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Join Judson On The Lodge-Based AST-2 Course

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Hello everyone, This is Judson, and I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be leading both Lodge-Based AST-2 courses for KBG this year. Among all the courses we offer, this one holds a special place in my heart. The unique connection I build with students during five days in a lodge is truly unparalleled. Being in a lodge allows extra time to connect a...

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7 Ways Surface Hoar Contributes to Avalanches

Surface Hoar

I often refer to surface hoar as the enemy of backcountry skiers. Most avalanche deaths in the Columbia Mountains are caused by surface hoar. "Know thy enemy" is a saying to apply to surface hoar. This article helps you understand this beautiful but deadly crystal.   Surface hoar refers to a type of frost crystal that forms on the surface of s...

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7 Human Biases in the Backcountry and How to Avoid Them

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We all share common traits as backcountry skiers: a passion for powder, the thrill of adventure, and the challenges of navigating unpredictable terrain. But there's something else we all share—our humanity. Human biases are an inherent part of our decision-making process, and while some biases can serve us well, others can lead us astray. In the ba...

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This Is The Reason You Should Always Remember Your Map and Compass

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In an era of dazzling technological advances, it's become all too easy to fall into the digital navigation trap. You know the scenario: you're gearing up for an epic backcountry skiing adventure, and your trusty smartphone, equipped with a fancy GPS app, is your designated guide. After all, why bother with archaic tools like maps and compasses when...

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Snowpack Update Dec 31 2022

Snowpack Update Dec 31 2022

STATE OF THE SNOWPACK UPDATE FOR WEST ARM PROVINCIAL PARK  Date: Dec 31 2022 Location: Evening Ridge, West Arm Provincial Park Elevation/Aspect: 1950m/West Sorry for the delay in getting this out - one of us has to take some time off - but back to our PSA!  The persistent weak layers continue to be a persistent issue as they can still be ...

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Collecting Free Info #1 Know Before You Go

Collecting Free Info #1 Know Before You Go

Welcome to our video series on collecting free information in the backcountry.  What is free information?  Free information is safe, easily accessible, and timely.  #1 Know Before You Go Exploring the backcountry in the winter is a unique experience, however there are many things to consider before venturing out of bounds. All profes...

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Collecting Free Info: #2 Talk To People

Collecting Free Info: #2 Talk To People

Welcome to our video series on collecting free information in the backcountry. What is free information? Free information is safe, easily accessible, and timely. #2 Talk To People, Keep Each Other Safe Communicating with others in the parking lots or on the trails can help guide your day and make it safer for everyone. Sharing your plans/routes wit...

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Collecting Free Information in the Backcountry: #1 Know Before You Go (Avalanche Canada)

Collecting Free Information in the Backcountry: #1 Know Before You Go (Avalanche Canada)

Welcome to our video series on collecting free information in the backcountry.  What is free information?  Free information is safe, easily accessible, and timely.  In this 1st video, we explain what free information is. Your backcountry tour begins from the comforts of your home before you step foot on the mountain. This is also the...

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ARE YOU READY TO TAKE THE AST2?

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One of the frequently asked questions we get at KBG is: When will I be ready to take the AST-2?   Ultimately the decision rests in your hands and should be in line with your backcountry goals and experience. In this post, we aim to help your decision by providing you with information that may help.  Students should consider the following ...

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