Skiers & Snowboarders

GET the GEAR: Ensure everyone has an avalanche transceiver, shovel, and probe on their person and knows how how to use them.

GET the TRAINING: Take an avalanche course.

GET the FORECAST: Make a travel plan based on the current avalanche and weather forecast.

GET the PICTURE: If you see recent avalanche activity, unstable snow exists. skiing or boarding on or underneath steep slopes is dangerous.

GET OUT OF HARM’S WAY: Don’t go to help your stuck friend. One at a time on all avalanche slopes. Don’t group up in runout zones.

Skiers and Snowboarders impact the snow different than a snowmachine. But they are still often the trigger that sets off the avalanche and catches the victim or someone in their party. Take the time to get educated so you will know the signs and can Live to Ride Another Day!

Online Tutorials and Video:
BCA Avalanche Rescue Series
Weather Observations:
Snowpack Observations:
Avalanche Observations:
Emergency Response:
  • Backcountry Access videos.
  • Planning a backcountry trip: video.
  • Teton Gravity Research videos.  Click on ‘browse by series’ and select ‘Avi Education’.
  • Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center videos.
  • Jill Fredston of the Alaska Mountain Safety Center on avalanche risk and causes in Alaska.

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