Know the risks in any backcountry scenario and question your plans with careful consideration.
Words hardly describe the excitement surrounding a day in the winter backcountry. Embarking on such a journey demands respect and responsibility from the traveler to understand the inherent dangers of traveling in avalanche terrain.
The first part of obligation to you, your skiing companions, other skiers in the area, and your loved ones is education. The plethora of avalanche education out there gives you absolutely no excuse for ignorance.
One of the best ways to educate yourself is to take an avalanche safety course. With a level 1 Avalanche curriculum you get classroom training paired with real outdoor practice sessions. Below are a few places in Jackson to get trained up:
Is it the right one for today’s conditions? Part of answering this question is checking the daily avalanche report at JH Avalanche.
Where are you going? How do plan on getting there? Have you been there before? Unfamiliar sites add an additional factor of danger.
Have you written down your route plan and left it with someone you trust? It’s important someone knows where you are going and when you’ll be back, so incase of emergency they can accurately direct search and rescue.