Ron Simenhois

Know the Snow: Spring time

Back when I was growing up in Israel, the arrival of spring was marked by blooming flowers, warm temperatures and long sunny days. This is not the case for me anymore. Read more

Know the Snow: Managing risk

Back when I was a young lad, trying to work his way into the avalanche world, I used to test the stability of small, freshly-deposited wind pillows by simply skiing through them. Occasionally, I released a small avalanche and skied out of it. Read more

Know the Snow: Pushing the envelope

Two weekends ago, my wife and I were skiing with the kids at Eaglecrest Ski Area. One windy trip up Ptarmigan redefined the weather limit of little ones for me. I learned young skiers don't like strong winds and blowing snow. Read more

Know the Snow: Sometimes, less is more

Back in my early avalanche days, I used to collect every piece of information I could find before I made a decision to ski or not to ski a slope. Read more

Know the Snow: Different tools for different avalanches

Over the last few years, avalanche folks have tried to identify the avalanche problem they are likely to face as part of their forecasting process before they commit to venturing too far into the mountains. Read more

Know the Snow: Can we dig snowpits in safer places?

Several years ago I would scratch my head, pondering where to dig snowpits before I dove into a slope and skied it. Read more

Know the Snow: Fast changing problem

Earlier this week I headed into the hills on a short ski tour. Conditions and snow depth changed quickly as I gained and lost elevation. Read more

Know the Snow: Spring in the backcountry

A few days ago I went for a short backcountry tour with my wife. After a brief climb from the Eaglecrest Ski Area parking lot, we reached the bottom of the Wedding Bowl and started to ponder where to ski. We were too late to ski east-facing slopes. Read more

Slope angle a crucial variable in determining avalanche danger

The last 10 days of February were deadly on avalanche terrain. There were 10 avalanche fatalities and several other injured people in the US. Four of those fatalities were just outside ski areas, five were snowmobilers and one was a snowbiker. Read more

Know the Snow: The benefits and limitations of snowpits

A few weeks back, I was standing on top of a slope, Ben Stewart ways, thinking to myself: should I dive into it right away and ski the slope or... Read more

Know the Snow: Simple decision making and stability assessment

Whenever I go into the backcountry, I use a holistic approach to evaluate the snowpack. I start to seek clues and insights into the state of the snowpack in the mountains with my morning coffee. Read more

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