Life On The Ridge: The Avalanche Forecaster, A Day In The Life
Life On The Ridge: The Avalanche Forecaster, A Day In The Life

January 29, 2023


Backcountry skiing has exploded in popularity in the last decade. The growing number of participants brings with it a concern of public safety and a need for more widespread education. Avalanche centers across the country play a crucial role in providing up-to-the-minute information regarding hazardous conditions during the winter months.
  
Since 2016, Ridge has been a supporter of our local avalanche center, Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center (ESAC). Ridge provides funding for forecasting efforts and also outfits the forecasters with the technical layers they can count on to brave the elements on a daily basis.
 
We spent a day in the life with our friends at ESAC to learn what it takes to keep the public informed – and safe – in the backcountry when the snow starts to fall.

Fact: In 90% of avalanche incidents, the snow slides are triggered by the victim or someone in the victim's party.


ESAC Center Director and Lead Forecaster Steve Mace tests the snow for weak layers. 

Did you know? Avalanche risk is at its greatest 24 hours following a snowfall of 12 inches or more.




Filmed and Edited by Mitchell Quiring 


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Ridge Athlete McKenna Peterson Shares Sister Summit Stoke
Ridge Athlete McKenna Peterson Shares Sister Summit Stoke

January 19, 2023

Sister Summit is an all-new backcountry skiing competition that brings together top female skiers and snowboarders to redefine the standards of the sport. The inaugural Sister Summit took place at Mustang Powder Cats Lodge in British Columbia last month and included an epic week of skiing, workshops and wellness. Ridge Athlete McKenna Peterson was one of only 13 skiers and nine snowboarders invited to attend. Here's her take on the super rad ladies-only free ride event.

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A week at Mustang Powder with a group of female athletes, creatives and guides was the ideal way to begin this winter. With the goal of 'increasing the feminine frequency in the outdoor space,' Sister Summit brought together the top female skiers and snowboarders to progress our skiing and create media content.

McKenna in the white room.

Surrounding myself with women in the mountains turns me into a superhero. There is something special about collective feminine energy. Throughout my life of chasing podiums and powder on my skis, I have come to realize that I perform at a higher lever when encouraged by my female peers.

Nothing but smiles with this crew! 

Through evening talks and educational sessions, we expanded our comfort zones and learned from one another. With mediation, yoga and a delicious Ayurvedic menu, our bodies felt energized and loved.

Nightly yoga helped to reset the mind and body after riding amazing pow day after day.


We danced. We laughed. We sent. We connected. We realized that, together, we can shift the world. Together, we can move any mountain. It takes a village, and this is ours. The doors are open and everyone is welcome. The Sister Summit core values are available to anyone who values female connection and support.

Workshops included a group avalanche refresher so that everyone was on the same page when it comes to safety in the mountains. 

I felt like I was skiing at the top of my game even though it was my first ski trip of the winter. I’m theorizing that the amount of fun being had and the level of showcased skill are in direct correlation.

The smile wouldn't leave my face. Could it be that the reason I ski well when surrounded by other women is because I am simply having more fun? This theory is going to need more data collection… Sister Summit 2023, here we come!

The recipe for stoke: perfect snow, a crew with nothing but good vibes and froth levels at an all time high.

Click here to learn more about Sister Summit.

Photos: Zoya Lynch, Mirae Campbell and Robin O'Neill 

Layer like a pro. Shop Ridge women's merino wool layers here

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Life In The Snow Globe: Atmospheric Rivers Blast Eastern Sierra
Life In The Snow Globe: Atmospheric Rivers Blast Eastern Sierra

January 13, 2023 4 Comments

Ridge Merino's HQ is in the epicenter of where wild weather patterns converge to create the winter wonderland we call home. 

Currently we're in the middle of an atmospheric river, a weather event that's been dumping multiple feet of snow per day over the past several weeks. This season so far, we've seen more than 420 inches at the summit of Mammoth Mountain, more snow than we received in total last year. 

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), atmospheric rivers are like "rivers in the sky." These long, concentrated regions in the atmosphere transport moist air from the tropics to higher latitudes. The moist air, combined with high wind speeds, produce heavy rain and snow upon landfall, especially over mountainous terrain.

Mammoth gets hit hard due to its proximity to the ocean, altitude and the surrounding topography. Generally in the Sierra, Pacific storms hit the western slopes and rise into thinner atmosphere against the ridges, resulting in our notorious mega storms. This means days and days of snowfall, usually followed by gorgeous bluebird powder days.

Here's a glimpse of what life's like in the snow globe (aka Mammoth Lakes, CA).

Ridge HQ: transitioning into igloo mode. 

Januburied: disappearing cars and structures are typical sights around town. 

Can you spot the car in the photo?!
 

Days like these are what we live for! (But cozying up in front of the fire in our Natural or Hyde Joggers with a warm cup of tea sounds nice too.) 

Sunny and snowy: bluebird powder days are common here. Mammoth averages 275 days of sunshine per year.
 
Shoveling snow may be tough at times, but those little breaks between storms remind us why we live here. 😍

Photos: Tiare Kirkland @outhikingwithtiare

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