Perform A Beacon Search
If you're partner gets buried in an avalanche, you have a 90% chance of finding him or her alive if you recover them within 15 minutes. To find them quickly, you need to become proficient with an avalanche beacon and carry a shovel and probe. And if you are a victim, your chances are much better if you wear a helmet and have either an Avalung or an Air Bag System.
Conduct A Rescue
An avalanche rescue can be terrifying. The best way to avoid panic during an actual rescue is to practice realistic scenarios beforehand.
Probing and Digging
Once you locate the buried person, you need to pinpoint their location in the snow with a probe and begin digging. Digging someone out of hard avalanche debris can be exhausting and time consuming.
Survive The Night
Rescuing your partner from an avalanche may just be the beginning of an epic; it may be getting dark, it may be storming, your partner may be injured. How are your partner and you going to survive the night?
You should carry the following items when you go into the backcountry...