With early season snowfall, endless ski swaps, and Instagram chock full of epic adventure shots, excitement for your first backcountry tour of the season is surely ramping up. But before you get out there, take a moment to review these crucial steps to ensure you’re properly prepared:
Part 1: Check Your Equipment
Part 2: Play Hide and Seek
Part 3: Practice Probing and Shoveling
If practicing on your own seems overwhelming, take an Avalanche Rescue class through your local avalanche center. You’ll learn step-by-step how to use your transceiver, probe, and shovel in a stress-free environment. Having a firm grip on the fundamentals will make your backcountry trips more enjoyable by ensuring that you and your partners are prepared for the worst-case scenario.