GNFAC Forecasters
The GNFAC is a tremendous resource for our backcountry community and I’m stoked they’re letting me spend a day in the field with them. As an active reader of the daily avy forecasts the center puts out, I’m pretty interested to see how the cake is made, as they say.
Out Here Main Image Coulter Touring
Thrilled to debut the second episode of the OUT HERE video series! Made in partnership with Jones Snowboards, the OUT HERE series shares the backcountry snowboarding adventures of Jones x Spark R&D ambassadors as they explore the outer reaches of their backyard mountain ranges.

Kona Yuki

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Last winter, Mike Handford, Tim Herbert and a crew of Niseko locals set out with the aim to spend a month climbing the lesser known volcanoes of Japan's north island of Hokkaido with the hope of a rare ascent of Mt Rishiri in the Sea Of Japan. 28 feet of snow dropped over the next month, sending the crew on a different journey. One they maybe should have expected as they spent every day surfing through the deepest snow of their lives. A failed mission? No way!
To say Aurelien Routens gets after it is an understatement. He travels the world with his splitboard and lives for adventure, mountaineering style approaches, and remote backcountry lines. Carpe Diem, now in its fourth season, chronicles his globe-trotting splitboard missions.

Counteracting Heuristic Traps

Heuristics: types of decision making strategies (often thought of as rules of thumb) that simplify decision making by reducing the number of cues analyzed, thus reducing cognitive burden on decision makers and increasing decision efficiency
We’d like to thank everyone that participated in the I Heart My Avy Center Essay Contest. In all, we received 25 unique essays representing 15 different avalanche centers! It was inspiring to hear all the great work that avy centers are doing in their mountain communities all over the US and Canada.

Mission Grivola

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Last spring, Ettore Personnettaz, Luca Pandolfi, and an awesome team of skiers and splitboarders climbed and descended Grivola (13,000 feet, 3,969 meters) in the Aosta Valley of Northern Italy. The group spent the first night of the trip in a mountain hut allowing them to make an early start the next day for their eventual
An Interview with Spark R&D Team Rider Rafael Pease discussing his 3-year splitboard / adventure travel documentary film: Yugen.

Solar Powered Splitboard Bindings

We are stoked to announce that we have completed installing a 50kW solar array on the roof of Spark R&D! Like most big projects, many things had to fall into place in order for us to get here.
Snowpit digging with snow saw
When you think about evaluating the snowpack, digging a pit is a direct way to observe what the snow is doing in a given area. A snowpit is a crucial tool in assessing what we think is going on and verifying it or gathering more information to answer a specific question about the snowpack. If