Photos From the Field

Snowpit digging after class Snowpit digging after class -May 21, 2015

Students who had taken the class within the last two years and had at least one season of travelling in the backcountry reported how often they dig snowpits: Never (14%), Occasionally (31%), Often (25%), and Always (30%).

Snowpits and decision making Snowpits and decision making -May 21, 2015

EVERYONE who digs snowpits and performs stability tests says it influences their decision making.  Very similar results came from the group that had not taken the class except a larger percent reported not digging.

Snowpit digging in previous winters Snowpit digging in previous winters -May 21, 2015

Students who were registered for the class but had not yet taken it reported how often they dig snowpits: Never (62%), Occasionally (17%), Often (14%), and Always (7%).

2015 Season Summary 2015 Season Summary -Apr 16, 2015
View from the top of the couloir View from the top of the couloir -Apr 14, 2015

View from the top of the Hanging Garden couloir on April 9. Recent ski tracks can be seen by the broken snow. Photo: D. Lennon

Ascent Route Ascent Route -Apr 14, 2015

The group of four skiers involved in Saturday's accident used this route to ascent the south face of Beehive Peak to access the Hanging Garden couloir on the north side. Photo: GNFAC

Snow depth near Beehive Snow depth near Beehive -Apr 14, 2015

Total snow depth from the Timberline Station at the Yellowstone Club at 9400 feet. Changes in snow depth indicate snowfall amounts.

Air Temperature near Beehive Air Temperature near Beehive -Apr 14, 2015

Air temperature from the Timberline Station at the Yellowstone Club at 9400 feet.

Winds near Beehive Winds near Beehive -Apr 14, 2015

Average winds from the Timberline station at the Yellowstone Club at 9800 feet.
 

Hanging Garden on Beehive Peak Hanging Garden on Beehive Peak -Apr 14, 2015