This blog was provided by Paul Hoefer. Paul spends a good portion of the winter backcountry skiing in the Kootenays. Paul was part of a very strong group of AST2+ students that took their course at Hilda Lodge in February 2018. Thanks a lot to Paul for his thoughtfulness and bravery in sharing this story. You will read below that the Avalanche Bulletin was rated Moderate for March 9. One of the factors that the bulletin did not forecast were the very strong winds encountered that day.