When Mike Marr’s ski hit a submerged rock and failed to release, he was left immobile and in excruciating pain on the slopes of Colorado’s highest mountain. Just as night fell, Lake County Search and Rescue arrived to begin a complex winter rescue on skis.
For skiers, early winter brings the stoke—but not necessarily the snow. Regardless of conditions, the early season has its charm.
This summer, Avi Ruben was climbing a steep couloir when he slipped, started sliding—and realized he had no idea how to self-arrest. Just as panic set in, he heard his radio come to life: It was his partner, giving him step-by-step instructions.