Snow Safety and Freeriding in Kyrgyzstan

Words and photos by guide Doug Bernard Even after traveling for almost 72 hours across 11 time zones and knowing […]

Avalanche News for the 2017-18 Winter

Updated U.S. Avalanche Course Progression As outlined in a previous post, beginning this winter the avalanche course progression for both […]

Winter Update: Season Opener!

What looked like a slow start to the winter changed course in a strong way last week. By the end […]

The Evolution of Avalanche Education: Pro/Rec Split

In the beginning: Snow Science When I first started teaching avalanche courses 20 years ago, snow science was in something […]

Ski mountaineering season is here! (And other news)

Our favorite time of year is upon us…the snowpack is getting deep, weak layers have healed, and conditions are conducive […]

Mid-Winter Update: Avalanche courses, and finally the snow returns

After an epic December filled with powder, above average snowfall, and relatively stable conditions, January was a little disappointing. Still we managed to […]

Schooling and Getting Schooled: Midwinter Report

Whew. The first half of the winter is done and gone – where did it go? Read to find out, […]

Early Winter: Avalanche Courses and Powder…Finally!

It’s mid-January, and we’re full steam ahead on our avalanche education programs and guided ski trips. In early January, we […]

Trip Report: Backcountry Skills Course 2013

Our Backcountry Skills Course is one of our favorite programs and an excellent way to kick off a new winter […]

All of us at Sawtooth Mountain Guides are passionate about backcountry skiing, and we love sharing this passion with others […]