Rocky Mountain Ski & Board is a premier source of winter accessories and North Face ski jackets. Our mission isn't just to sell products, but also help save lives. After all, education is just as important as your gear, right? That's why we support avalanche education and today we're here to give you some general tips about avalanche awareness before your next trip into the mountains.
- Check the weather forecast and avalanche forecast. The sources on the internet today are incredible vast and helpful and can save your life. One of the most important parts of avalanche safety is staying informed so it's crucial that you know the avalanche risks and forecasts before you head out into the backcountry.
- Know the signs and red flags. Have there been recent avalanches? Are there cracks or collapses in the snow? Maybe you hear whumpfing sounds? Has there been heavy snowfall within the last 24 hours? What about rain? Are there any deep, wind-blown snow pillows on steep slopes? Has there been some significant warming recently? Are temperatures rapidly increasing? These are all red flags that an avalanche could be imminent.
- Make sure you have the right equipment. Make sure you've got the right avalanche equipment and know how to use it.
- Make sure that you've been trained on what to do if you're in an avalanche and how to use your avalanche gear should you need to. There are plenty of online tutorials and avalanche courses that can help you be more prepared.