The Forecaster – Backcountry Message From Drew Hardesty


Reading the snow pack is an art form and anyone who has attended a backcountry or off piste course knows exactly what we’re talking about.

Black Diamond, a company famous for mountaineering and backcountry equipment,  have recently launched their own web series with episodes going live periodically building towards the season.

Episode 2 features Drew Hardesty, an avalanche forecaster to Utah’s Wasatch Mountains and general all round mountain legend! He makes the decisions that provide the snowpack information we use to help make safety decisions about our backcountry snowboarding adventures.

Here Drew shares his thoughts and a message that will hopefully change the way we all think when snowboarding in the backcountry this season, highlighting that our decisions can have further reaching consequences to others.

For all your backcountry snowboarding and split boarding adventures this winter in Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets, be sure to check out our courses here.



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Baden Knifton

Baden Knifton is owner and head coach at Onyx Snowboard School, holding BASI L4 ISTD Snowboard Instructor certification with further qualifications in Sport Technology (BSc) and Sport Psychology (MSc). He's the head trainer with Snowsport England and responsible for writing their instructor qualification programme. Additionally he works as a freestyle TD (technical delegate), judge, race official and regularly organises competitions around Europe. Away from snowboarding he's a winter sports and travel blogger, presenter, writer, general mountain man and tech geek!

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