With the interesting winter season we’ve had so far here in Colorado, the conditions are sketchy at best in a lot of places. This past weekend, we had a nice snow storm dump a decent amount of snow on the mountains, which was much needed, and made for a lot of excitement. Unfortunately we also had several deaths due to avalanche scenarios, which could have been avoided. I’m of the belief that if you engage in any type of winter sport, you should understand at the very least, the basics of avalanche safety. We’ve had a rough go of the season here, and in various other parts of the US, so take some time, and be safe out there! Here are a few basics I tend to live by:
- Don’t ride alone
- Don’t ride out of bounds alone (or any run when closed)
- Make sure you have the proper gear (Shovel, Beacon, Water, Maps etc)
- Check local Avalanche forecasts
- Pick a safe spot in your line before dropping
Please keep safety in mind when you’re out riding this season, and check out the following links to get a better understanding of avalanche safety and being safe.
http://avalanche.state.co.us/ <– if you’re located in Colorado (Check your state or location for a local forecast center.)