First and foremost I know this is a snowboard forum and this is snowmachine stuff but no matter how you get around we all share the mountains and the dangers that go along with them.
One year ago today I lost a good friend to an avalanche, his name was Christophe VonAlvensleben as well as his friend Jeremy "Bigbird" Stark. They were killed in a massive slide in Turnagain Pass, the slide was nearly 3 football fields wide and had a crown of almost 30ft. Five people were buried, 3 escaped but Chris and Jer passed away. The hills became so unstable that retieving the bodies was impossible for nearly a week.
These two gentlemen were very experienced backcountry riders, Christophe in fact was one of the best freeride snowmachiners in the world. They were prepared with all the necessary equipement, shovels,beacons,probes and radios. Yet with all that gear they were unable to save them. Chris was single but he left behind his family, tragically Jeremy left behind his family and a girlfriend. They just found out a week before that she was pregnant with twins.
I just wanted to tell you about my friend and his story, we all share the mountains, I know some of you have nothing to worry about but its something to keep in mind if you do choose to someday enter the back country.
If you ride in the back country please watch the video below it is unbelievably sobering, its called "a dozen more turns".
A Dozen More Turns by SFAA -- Revver Online Video Sharing Network
Below are a couple video parts of him from some of the many sled videos he is in and a beautiful tribute video from a fan.
R.I.P. Christophe, Jeremy and Anthony
Please check out the videos, he was the gnarliest guy I know, and I miss him alot.
YouTube - Rest in Peace Christoph Von alvensleben
YouTube - May Christoph Von Alvensleben Rest in Peace...
YouTube - Christoph vonAlvensleben jumps huge on a snowmobile
YouTube - Christoph wrecks his back
Stay safe, be prepared, check avy forecasts and use you head.