Whether you’re mountaineering, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing or just out for a day of sledding, you’ll face varying degrees of avalanche risk. By learning how to assess those risks, ways to avoid avalanches and emergency response steps should a slope give way, you’ll be able to prepare better—and have more fun on your snowy adventures.
Avalanches, Part 1: The Basics
Learn the basics of avalanches, including potential hazards, types of avalanches and contributing factors.
Avalanches, Part 2: Snow Tests
Learn how to test snow stability in the backcountry. This article covers snow pits, the Rutschblock test and Extended Column Test (ECT).
Avalanches, Part 3: Reducing Risk
Find out how to reduce your risk in avalanche terrain. This article covers warning signs, route selection, human elements and safety gear.
Avalanches, Part 4: Rescue Checklist
When an avalanche buries someone, survival hinges on a fast rescue. Our checklist details steps to take, including transceiver use.