Know the real 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.
Buy a book about Avalanche Education to really commit to your learning. We recommend these:
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:
“Remember: Going out is optional, coming home is not.”