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Know Before You Go
The appeal of uncrowded, deep powder and pristine mountain environments is undeniable. But venturing out into wild terrain requires a dual commitment to the adventurous fun and the education, awareness and responsibility. Because the backcountry often appears to be an intimidating place, we’ve put together some starting points and tools to help develop the awareness, knowledge and skill to balance the risk and rewards of the backcountry.

Getting Started
The journey into the backcountry starts with one step, but the developing a strong awareness of backcountry risks is a much more gradual process. From basic readings to avalanche education course providers, here are a few resources to get started on the path of backcountry awareness:

Online Avalanche Tutorials

Finding an Avalanche Course

Suggested Reading

  • Backcountry Skiing by Martin Volken, Margaret Wheeler and Scott Schell
  • Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, by Bruce Tremper
  • Snow Sense, by Jill Fredston and Doug Fesler
  • The Avalanche Handbook: 3rd Edition, by David McClung and Peter Schaerer
  • Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills, by Don Graydon, Mountaineers
  • Freeskiing – How to Adapt to the Mountain, by Jimmy Oden

We hate legalese as much as you do, but we appreciate the guidance our fine legal department provides. Because backcountry skiing is dangerously fun, please take a moment to read the statement below and consider the personal responsibility that accompanies backcountry travel and safety:

The use of the information provided herein is not intended for commercial use, but is provided for personal and recreational purposes only. The information is meant to be part of your overall plan in gaining knowledge and experience from a number of sources. It is provided “as is,” with the accuracy, reliability, or applicability of this information to a particular circumstance NOT guaranteed or warranted in any way. The user acknowledges that it is impossible to accurately predict natural events (such as avalanches) in every instance, and uses the information presented here with this always foremost in mind. As such, we disclaim liability of any kind whatsoever for any damages arising out of the use of the information. In any event, please exercise caution anytime you are in the backcountry or on an outside adventure.

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