If you have 20 minutes, Trent Meisenheimer and Craig Gordon have put together an excellent video review of the 2011-12 Wasatch snow, avalanche and accident season. Not only does it have some great skiing, riding and music, but the avalanche footage is stunning. Last year all you had to do was cross your eyes to get something to slide, so people had their cameras ready and nailed some tree-snapping action, not to mention the plethora of Darwinian helmet cam footage. I’m not quite sure where clip at 1:30 came from, but it is as close as you can come to taking a nasty ride without getting out of your chair.*
Another of my favorites from last year, which is far shorter, less politically correct, full of potty-talk and pretty damn funny is this one. You might want to turn the volume down around sensitive ears. The UAC soundless version is here.
* This grainy little clip illustrates the folly of thinking you can ski out of an avalanche once you are caught in it. Turning on snow requires that you have some speed over the top of it, but once the snowpack starts moving, it is like trying to make a turn on your living room carpet – you can go through the motions, but nothing happens. True, if you have enough speed to begin with you stand a chance of surfing off the top of a slide, but that’s a long shot and comes with its own set of problems.