Along the shores of the Black Sea, Sochi is Russia’s ritziest beach city and host to the 2014 Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympics. While snow in Sochi is rare, deep snow is found 2-hours east at Rosa Khutor, Russia’s newest ski resort and home of the downhill and super giant slalom courses. On the eve of the games, nearly 1.9 meters of snow sits at mid-mountain and more than 2 meters blankets the upper mountain. Big storms, huge dumps of snow and massive avalanches are serious concerns as this young resort does not harbor the historical data and tools traditionally utilized to provide calculated snow safety efforts.
Rosa Khutor Ski Resort
Photo Courtesy: Fanny Bourjaillat, Engineerisk
Starting fall 2013 ORTOVOX is including RECCO reflectors into all new transceivers. The combination of systems is new to rescuers and we want to provide you with some detailed information.
Why put reflectors into transceivers?
A reflector-equipped transceiver provides a backup rescue system that benefits all ORTOVOX users including recreationalists, professionals and rescuers. A reflector-equipped transceiver:
- Gives a better chance of a fast and successful rescue.
- Provides rescuers with a backup system they have never had before.
Ab diesem Herbst wird ein RECCO Reflektor in alle neuen LVS-Geräte von ORTOVOX eingebaut. Die Kombination der beiden Systeme ist etwas ganz Neues für Retter und wir möchten Ihnen weitere Informationen zur Verfügung stellen.
Warum werden Reflektoren in LVS-Geräte eingebaut?
Ein mit Reflektor ausgerüstetes LVS-Gerät bedeutet eine zusätzliche Rettungsmöglichkeit als Back-up für alle ORTOVOX Benutzer: Hobbysportler, Profis und Retter. Ein LVS-Gerät mit Reflektor:
- Verbessert die Chancen, schnell und erfolgreich gerettet zu werden.
- Gibt den Rettern ein Back-up System
Forty-seven years ago today a remarkable story of avalanche survival occurred in Scotland’s Cairngorm mountains. Though the story did not end well for two hikers, one man survived a 22-hour burial. Yes, 22 hours under the snow. Continue reading
Part 2. Dealing with wet snow
Roller balls trigger small wet-loose snow avalanches Coal Bank Pass, Colorado (Photo, Atkins)
Compared to recreational adventurers, rescuers loose flexibility on when and where they must go. While avalanches are always formidable foes for rescuers, wet avalanches – as I wrote a couple of weeks ago – are like an angry swarm of African honey bees. Both angry bees and wet avalanches just keep attacking. I suspect that many folks including rescuers and avalanche professionals misjudge wet avalanches. Rescuers armed with misconstrued confidence could be walking into a dangerous trap. Continue reading
In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours. ~Mark Twain
Spring also means a whole lot of changes for the snow and avalanche conditions, and spring can be a most dangerous time rescuers. Last Friday there was an avalanche accident off-piste at Val d’Isère, France, which resulted in a serious and risky rescue. Fortunately the knowledge, skill, and professionalism (and probably some luck, too) of the ski patrollers saved the skier’s life. Part 1 of this two-part series focuses on the differences of wet and dry avalanches and what this means to rescuers. Part 2 will suggest how rescuers should adapt their strategies to deal with wet avalanches. Continue reading
“I’ve been here since 1954 and I have to frankly say this is the harshest, toughest winter that I have ever had up here,” said Norm Sayler, 78, president of the Donner Summit Historical Society. Through Monday, the California statewide snow water equivalent was at 165% of normal. In a state that measures snow fall in feet this winter has truly been exceptional. So let me share some different perspectives about what a lot of snow means. Continue reading