TIP: Avalanche Awareness
BY Tammie Thompson
Most of us don’t think too much about avalanches. We’ve seen them on the Discovery Channel, or heard about the tragedies in Europe or on heli-excursions. But unfortunately, avalanches are all too real in North America.
This season has brought early avalanches to ski resort controlled terrain. Early, dry and cold snow created the first layer of snowpack. This was followed by wetter, heavier snow, resulting in an unstable snowpack.
Resorts across the country are prepared to deal with this snowpack, but even the most diligent cannot ensure 100% control.
What can you do to be more avalanche aware?
- Always ski/ride inbounds
- Always ski/ride with a buddy
- Stay off terrain that has not been avalanche controlled
- Carry avalanche beacons or use Recco chipped clothing or gear. Even kids can benefit from these items.
- Never go into the backcountry unprepared. Go with a guide or experienced group.
- Consider taking an avalanche class
See our KidzStore for avalanche beacons and shovels.
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