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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’ fourth video in their Backcountry Basics series. 

Get the goods without getting buried. BCA guide ambassador Lel Tone and BCA/TGR athlete Colter Hinchliffe talk about your daily routine: getting the big picture about the mountain and terrain and how to look for where the risk areas for snow instability and avalanches may lie for the day. They review info sources like locations of recent avalanche activity, terrain photos, maps and reports from others to anticipate dangerous terrain and where to get the best snow. Filmed with support from AIARE and The Avalanche Project.




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.