LOW RISK TRAVEL BOILS DOWN TO 3 THINGS:
1. Identify Avalanche Terrain: Watching for any slope steeper than 30 degrees as well as avalanche run out zones can ensure that you ride one at a time in avalanche terrain with your partners parked in a safe zone.
These riders are not parked in a safe zone.
2. SNOWPACK and WEATHER: Look for
recent avalanches and other obvious clues of unstable snow, and look for signs that weather is contributing to instability like strong winds or heavy snow.
Recent avalanches tell us the snow on similar slopes is likely unstable. Testing small slopes with low consequences is a good idea before climbing bigger ones.
Strong winds transporting snow in the picture below mean avalanches are more likely on the lee side of the mountain.
3. WHAT IF ALL GOES WRONG: Every rider needs to carry avalanche rescue gear including a beacon, probe, and shovel and know how to use it.
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