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Snow line is dropping

Dre Israel - Saturday, October 15, 2016

Nitro Machine bindings 2017

Dre Israel - Saturday, October 01, 2016

The 2017 Nitro Machine bindings come with a Carbon Beam Highback and carbon fiber reinforced AIR 2.0 Baseplate providing mind-blowing precision and comfort, at a minimum weight. The canted Dual Nitro AIR Bag Dampening lets you land deeper, absorb chatter and saves your knees to ride all day. Built for the rider looking to destroy the entire trail map. Strap into the Machine and never look back.

Global cooling, solar hibernation, more snow?

Dre Israel - Monday, September 26, 2016

We are now hearing more and more about global cooling then global warming hence why we now call it climate change.  What is going on? Well according to many scientists, especially John Casey, the world has begun a 30 year cooling period which is apparently due to the cycles of our sun. Could this mean more snow for us powder junkies?  You can find out more about this in the books Cold Sun or Dark Winter by John Casy or for a brief explanation, watch the video below.  


Fresh Tracks - Off piste snowboarding Verbier. Coaching, guiding and avalanche training.

Mt Fort 19/09/2016

Dre Israel - Monday, September 19, 2016

Today was the last day the Mt Fort lift was operating until the winter season starts.  In just under 7 weeks if snow permits LDV will have it's first tracks of the season.  Mt Fort was looking quite nice today with a good dusting of snow from the weekend.  Not long now.

Fresh Tracks - Off piste snowboarding Verbier. Coaching, guiding and avalanche training.

3 new lifts in Verbier

Dre Israel - Wednesday, September 14, 2016

La Chaux 4-man chair lift is being replaced for this season by a 6-man chair lift which should result in a faster infrastructure and lower waiting times at the busy periods.

Mont Gele will be replaced probably in 2017 with a new 50 person cable car.

The Savoleyres lift is due to be replaced by a new lift from les Esserts but there is still one person remaining in opposition to the new lift connection. The current cable car is due to expire in 2018 so hopefully a solution will be found before then. Below, a map of what the new lift system will be like from les Esserts to Savoleyres.

Fresh Tracks - Off piste snowboarding Verbier. Coaching, guiding and avalanche training.

Terje Haakonsen, Peak 7601 (first descent)

Dre Israel - Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Great first descent from Terje from the archives of 2014.  A true legend and one the of the most stylish riders of his time.
Terje Haakonsen, Peak 7601.

Fresh Tracks - Off piste snowboarding Verbier. Coaching, guiding and avalanche training.

Nitro Slash 2017

Dre Israel - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Powder days will never be the same again after you take one run on the new Nitro Slash. The combination of the Flat-Out Rocker and the tapered directional shape will open your eyes to a snowboarding world you have never seen before. Floating, slashing, and bashing will leave you smiling all winter long. We know not every day is a pow day, so Nitro has created the perfect blend of sidecut and flex to give you a surf like flow even on the choppiest of days. Waist Width: 157, 161, 166.

Fresh Tracks: Off piste snowboarding, guiding and avalanche training in Verbier

Avalanche Transceiver Interference

Dre Israel - Thursday, August 25, 2016

Avalanche transceivers save lives but what happens when those avalanche transceivers suffer from signal interference?

In today’s ultra-connected world of cell phones and GoPros, interference from consumer electronics has become a real concern to both transceiver manufacturers and backcountry operations. It’s been common knowledge for decades that pieces of metal like shovel blades and even foil wrappers can create disparities in transceiver signals. But electronic devices – particularly ones that continuously run with a screen, wi-fi or bluetooth signal – are even more prone to reducing both the SEND and SEARCH signal ranges of a transceiver. Some guidelines based on industry research into avalanche transceiver interference:

Minimum distance. All devices must be at least 20cm away from a transceiver in SEND mode and at least 50cm away in SEARCH mode. This applies regardless of whether the phone is on, off or in airplane mode

GoPro and other POV cameras are allowed during off piste excursions but only helmet mounted or on a pole. Chest mounts or WiFi/phone pairing functions are prohibited.

Electric heater gloves are also prohibited as they seriously interfere during the transceiver’s SEARCH mode.

Bluetooth and Wifi options on DSLR Cameras must be turned off.

So in practical terms, if you bring your smartphone or digital camera to document your off piste experiences, try to keep these devices in a pants pocket if possible. In fact, any metallic item like a pocket knife, carabiner or candy bar wrapper should also have the minimum 20cm distance from your transceiver, so keep these in your pack.


Fresh Tracks - Off piste snowboarding, guiding and avalanche training in Verbier

The Fourth Phase - Travis Rice

Dre Israel - Friday, August 19, 2016

More off piste snowboarding from Travis Rice.  

Check out the trailer below from his new movie, The Fourth Phase.

Fresh Tracks - Off piste snowboarding in Verbier

Avalanche in Vallon d Arby

Dre Israel - Saturday, January 31, 2015

French teen dies in avalanche near Verbier

Four of the skiers were able to dig themselves out but the girl had to be rescued, Valais cantonal police said.

The incident occurred around noon, police said, after the “freeriders” left the Verbier ski area from Lac des Vaux and headed into the Vallon d’Arby toward the Des Mines Pass.

Police said the off-piste itinerary was closed to skiing for security reasons.

The skiers were attempting to get back to Verbier when a sheet of snow 50 metres wide by 100 metres long slid down an exposed north-facing slope at an altitude of around 2,350 metres.

A group of search and rescue officials, including dog teams, dug out the teenaged girl.

She was transported by helicopter to the Sion hospital for treatment of injuries where she died overnight, police said in a statement.

None of the skiers was equipped with avalanche beacons, police said.

Officials warned of a high avalanche danger of level 3 and 4 (out of a maximum of 5) in the Bas-Valais region following recent snowfall.

The high risk means that the passage of skiers can spontaneously trigger snow slides.

Police said it was prudent for people not to leave patrolled ski areas during the first days after accumulations of snow.   

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