1. " It doesn’t matter if you have made thousands of good calls – all it takes is one bad call and that is one too many. Some days the mountains are screaming GET OUT OF HERE and some days they are saying come on in – it’s time to party." - Jeremy Jones

    Do you know when to back off and when it’s good to go? The Know Before You Go avalanche awareness program will get you started down the path of learning the language of the mountains and becoming a better and safer rider.

    The Utah Avalanche Center and the Colorado Avalanche Information Center have teamed up with Avalanche Canada, Backcountry Access, the American Avalanche Association, the American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education, the National Avalanche Center, Sherpas Cinema, Red Bull Media House, Brainfarm, and others to bring you this beta which is unlike any other PSA you are likely to see.

    Go to kbyg.org for more information.

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  2. Sweetgrass Productions' award-winning "Solitaire" is now available for download on iTunes!
    itunes.apple.com/us/movie/solitaire/id487932881

    Also available on DVD and Blu-Ray: sweetgrassproduction.mybisi.com/

    WORLD PREMIERE SEPTEMBER 15th, 2011 in Denver, CO Gothic Theatre 7pm
    For the DVD and Ski Film Tour info head to:
    Sweetgrass-Productions.com

    Patagonia and Dynafit present...

    SOLITAIRE: A Backcountry Skiing, Snowboarding, and Telemark Film from Sweetgrass Productions

    In the high desert of South America, winter takes hold, devouring bleached bones and abandoned shacks. Into these most inhospitable of lands, a handful of drifters emerge from the whiteout, ready to cast their lot on forsaken peaks both merciless and magnificent. Venturing beyond the frontiers of most mountain films, Solitaire is backcountry skiing forged in the tradition of Western cinema. Born in the spires of Argentina’s legendary Las Lenas, a lonely two-year journey begins through an abandoned world, wandering the length of a continent from Peru’s Cordillera Blanca to Chilean Patagonia.
    Lost in the winds of snowbound badlands and the blizzards of primordial forests; seen from a horse’s saddle and a paraglider’s wings; ridden on ski and board and telemark...
    Solitaire fuses western-inspired tales of backcountry gambles into landscapes never before visited on film.

    Shot on location in: Las Lenas, Argentina; Portillo, Chile;
    Nevados de Chillan, Chile; Patagonia, Chile; Bariloche, Argentina; Caviahue, Argentina; Huaraz, Peru; Iquitos, Peru; Uyuni, Bolivia; and Sajama, Bolivia.

    Featuring: Leo Ahrens, JP Auclair, Ryland Bell, Will Cardamone, Johnny Collinson, Forrest Coots, Stephan Drake, Jacqui Edgerly, Chris Erickson, Sebastian Haag, Kip Garre, Atsushi Gomyo, Kim Havell, Eliel Hindert, Erica Laidlaw, Jaime Laidlaw, Kyle Miller, Osamu “Ommu” Okada, Carston Oliver, Alex Paul, Thayne Rich, Dave Rosenbarger, Don Roth, Elyse Saugstad, Aidan Sheahan, Forrest Shearer, Ptor Spricenieks, Thomas Steiner, Drew Stoecklein, Taro Tamai, Jack Tolan… and honoring Arne Backstrom and Kip Garre.

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  3. 'I went in search of the untamed, the estranged, the wild few tending the flame. I found myself in a world bigger and grander than all imagination, color and life vibrating in everything. Just what sort of wonder could this new world hold?'

    All shots by Ben Sturgulewski, from features, commercials, and personal projects. Filmed on location in Alaska, Argentina, Bolivia, British Columbia, Dubai, Japan, Oregon, the Maldives, and Washington State.

    Inquiries: ben@sturgefilm.com

    Script/Direction/Edit/FX/Color by Ben Sturgulewski

    Sound Design and Mix by Justin Harris

    Narrated by Jayce Bartok

    Music by Professor Kliq, 'Overhead'
    professorkliq.com/

    What will you see?
    sturgefilm.com

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  4. In the snow-capped peaks overlooking Bariloche, Argentina, Refugio Frey is the only protection from the ravaging winds, drawing wanderers of all sorts to its doors. When a dog named Conga arrives and leads skier Santiago Guzman into the hills with her infectious energy, the windswept landscape becomes a backdrop for the pure joy of two mountain souls sharing a day in the wild.

    The Shadow Campaign: 4 Short Films, Coming Fall 2014.
Valle Nevado - Mt. Baker - Refugio Frey - Baldface.


    Check out the trailer here: vimeo.com/108720337

    Presented by DPS Cinematic, in association with Outdoor Research and
    Gore-Tex:

    dpsskis.com/cinematic

    outdoorresearch.com

    goretex.com/shadow

    Featuring: Santiago Guzman and Conga

    Directed/ Shot / Edited by Ben Sturgulewski // Sturgefilm

    sturgefilm.com

    Music by Lord Huron - 'In The Wind'

    Sound Mix by Justin Harris

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  5. A brief how-to for common snowpack tests to locate and assess instabilities within the snowpack, presented by Mike Conlan. Start times of tests in this video are as follows:

    1:32 Compression Test
    5:06 Deep Tap Test
    7:28 Extended Column Test
    10:54 Rutschblock Test
    14:48 Propagation Saw Test
    18:48 Shovel Shear Test
    20:49 Hand Shear Test
    22:11 Concluding remarks on initiation, propagation, and limitations.

    Fracture character video: vimeo.com/30996756

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