– Now is no time to let your guard down when it comes to avalanches. Whether you are skiing, sledding, boarding or climbing – current conditions are ripe for snow to slide.
As we all get excited about late season turns or sends, we still need to remain cautious of snow conditions. Avalanches are the most dangerous objective hazard in the Colorado backcountry. Ignorance may be bliss, until you witness or experience a slide and the real danger is understood. Along with taking the proper equipment and having the proper training with your beacon, shovel and probe, knowledge of avalanches and conditions can be the best tool in your kit.
Before earning your turns next time make sure to check out the Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s website https://avalanche.state.co.us/index.php for up to date conditions. For those interested in learning more about snow science, I recommend purchasing Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain by Bruce Tremper. A wealth of knowledge can be gained throughout this publication from the science of snow and personal experiences from one of Americas leading avalanche scientist.
As fun as it is to get out and travel in the winter backcountry, it’s more fun to come home safely and know you made good decisions while skiing and climbing in the mountains.