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The San Juan Series With BD Ambassador Mike Barney: Episode 2 — Humility

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Humility in the backcountry is an essential skill. In this episode of the San Juan Series, BD Ambassador Mike Barney teams up with Doug Krause, Irwin Cat Skiing’s Snow Safety Director, to discuss the virtues of humility when the snow is flying but the avy danger is high.
Video: Jason Ebelheiser


In this episode, BD Ambassador Mike Barney and Doug Krause, Irwin Cat Skiing’s Snow Safety Director, are humbled in the presence of a powerful winter storm raising the avalanche danger to high in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.    

As a longtime professional ski guide, Barney spends nine months a year skiing and guiding in mountains all over the world. But even he gets antsy when the snow starts to fly.  

“It’s poor visibility and high avy danger,” he says. “But we are out getting some exercise and making the best of it.” 

Barney and Doug navigate high avalanche danger while storm-skiing and keeping it real in Silverton. If you are planning on riding the backcountry for a long lifetime, every day isn’t going to be epic. But it might be another day of working towards that perfect run.


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