Avalanche Resources & Education – Know Before You Go

Know Before You Go The appeal of uncrowded, deep powder and pristine mountain environments is undeniable. But venturing out into wild terrain requires a dual commitment to the adventurous fun and the education, awareness and responsibility. Because the backcountry often appears to be an intimidating place, we’ve put together some starting points and tools to… Read more »

The White Book: Avalanche Awareness Provided by RECCO

Avalanche Education To get you started in developing your backcountry skills, K2 has partnered with RECCO®, makers of an avalanche rescue system utilized by more than 600 rescue organizations worldwide to assist in the efficient location of burials. As a manufacturer dedicated to safety in the mountains, RECCO® has provided content from The White Book,… Read more »

The White Book – How Does an Avalanche Happen?

WHAT IS AN AVALANCHE? An avalanche is a mass of snow sliding down a mountainside. Avalanches come in all sizes. Small avalanches can fracture less than 30 centimeters deep, be 20–30 meters wide and travel at 50 km/hour. Medium avalanches may fracture 1–2 meters deep, have a width of 100–500 meters and travel at 100… Read more »

The White Book – Recognizing and Managing Avalanche Terrain

HOW TO KEEP FROM GETTING CAUGHT IN AN AVALANCHE You can reliably avoid avalanches by recognizing and avoiding avalanche terrain. But this recommendation is not practical for many people who enjoy steep slopes and powder snow. Recreating in avalanche terrain is all about taking risks, and taking risks must be tempered with good judgment. You… Read more »

The White Book – Caught by an Avalanche

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE CAUGHT IN AN AVALANCHE? Surviving avalanches depends on luck; therefore, it is always better to avoid them in the first place. Remember that only about one in three buried victims survive. If you are caught: Try to escape to the side, or grab a tree or a rock. If… Read more »

The White Book – Learn About Current Conditions

LEARN ABOUT CURRENT AVALANCHE CONDITIONS Throughout North America and Europe avalanche forecast centers prepare bulletins providing current and forecast snow and avalanche conditions. Some centers even prepare detailed mountain weather forecasts, too. Links to this information are available over the Internet or by recorded message on telephone hotlines. This information is for trip planning only,… Read more »

The White Book – Final Thoughts

SOME FINAL THOUGHTS Just because the sky is blue, the snow soft and deep, and you are with capable and rescue-equipped friends, does not mean you should ski or ride that steep slope. Even before you reach that slope, you should be “thinking avalanche.” Pay attention to the three other necessary ingredients for an avalanche… Read more »

Backcountry Resources – Places & Guides

PLACES & GUIDES Looking for guiding services to add new skills to your quiver or show you great backcountry skiing in a new area? From lightweight remote touring and mountaineering to mechanized backcountry powder shredding, our Guiding Services partners are the best in the business. Guiding Services – North America American Mountain Guide Association Association… Read more »

Backcountry Resources – Weather & Avalanche Links

WEATHER & AVALANCHE LINKS Looking for information on recent weather or snowpack conditions? Visit the national avalanche/weather resources or find regional avalanche advisories with recent reporting. Winter weather and snow stability are extremely localized, but you should always check your local forecast and avalanche advisory before venturing out into the backcountry. National Weather & Avalanche… Read more »

Backcountry Techniques – Stay Tuned

The crisp feel of fall is in the air, and we’re cranking away on all the backcountry tips and techniques you’ll need to explore the backcountry this winter. Keep checking back, as we’ll have video techniques and pro tips from guides and athletes like Mike Hattrup, Andrew McLean, Martin Volken and others.

Update on the Manaslu Ski Expedition

So I am one of the lucky ones getting their newsletter. Well, I don´t call it being lucky reading of all the adventures they have. Especially when I am sitting in the office. But I complained about that already. Gian, Adi and Marco made it to basecamp on 4750m. They had bad luck with the weather on… Read more »

K2 is proud partner of SAAC

For us riding off-piste, whether on skis, teles or a snowboard was and still is probably the most important reason why we work in this industry. For sure we spend a lot of time in the office, and read more about riding powder than actually doing it ourselves. But once we get out we know… Read more »

K2 Charlie Hits Mammoth California

Mammoth is most known for its huge jumps and dumps of snow.  Having lived in Mammoth Lakes, Ca for the past 5 seasons it was time to show Charlie around and introduce him to some friends of mine. I’ve never spent a summer in Mammoth but was eager to experience it all in a few… Read more »

New skis hanging out in the office

Well, it’s that great time again – new SKI mag,  new websites, product that makes you just think your gonna die before the snow flies. When my new K2′s arrived this past week, I leaned them against a wall where I work so I could gaze at them hourly. I work at a vacation rental… Read more »

Chamonix Insider… for those who missed out on whatever.

Chamonix Insider…for those who are there but missed out on the sickest party/good weather window/best day ever/massive dump or just for all of us who are not there but wish we were, instead of sitting in the office dreaming about the sickest party/good weather window/best day ever/massive dump. Chamonix Insider is a new blog and information… Read more »

K2 Charlie cloned? Sightings announced in Europe…

  Yes and no. It might just be his twin brother, we are not really sure. There´s definitely some sort of resemblance, if not an unknown relationship with the one on the other side of the pond. Either way the European version is a close clone from the outside, but hell of a pimp from… Read more »