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Ski & Snowboard News / Avalanche safety course at Snowbird

Feb 27, 2019 02:44PM ● By Harriet Wallis

Be prepared and know how to use your equipment when you head into back country / photo: Harriet Wallis

Mother Nature can be nasty. It doesn't matter that the weather is beautiful and that it's a nice sunny day. Snow can be deadly.

This 3-day course is an introduction to planning and preparation for travel out of bounds beyond the ski resorts rope lines.

It includes recognizing avalanche possibilities, human factors, terrain recognition, "red flag" observations, terrain selection and travel techniques. Lift ticket included on Field Sessions.
These avalanche safety courses began more than a decade ago after a tragic accident that left 3 snowboarders dead. It was the day after Christmas when they took their new presents up into the mountains to have some fun trying out their new equipment. They had no avalanche savvy and no safety gear or preparation. They were swept away and died. From that episode, avalanche forecaster Craig Gordon and the Utah Avalanche Center developed a program to teach avalanche safety.