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Sure, many of us would rather watch a shred flick, or be out shredding ourselves but don’t minimize the value of avalanche safety education. Avalanche education is a perishable skill so it’s important that we continually brush up on the basics and learn about new techniques or gear which are being utilized. Here’s Back Country Access’ second video in their Backcountry Basics series.

BCA guide ambassador Lel Tone and BCA/TGR athlete Colter Hinchliffe talk about the essential avalanche safety training all backcountry riders need, what you’ll learn from an avalanche course, where to find one–and how to keep your skills current by practicing with friends and taking refresher courses. Filmed with support from AIARE and The Avalanche Project. Get the goods without getting buried!




Colin Balke is a content editor for who lives in Northern California. When not plucking away on a keyboard, he can be found splitboarding, camping, backpacking, or hanging out with family and friends.