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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’ fifth video in their Backcountry Basics series. 

BCA guide ambassador Lel Tone and BCA/TGR athlete Colter Hinchliffe talk about the essential avalanche and backcountry safety steps every skier, snowboarder and snowmobiler must take to limit your group’s exposure to dangerous terrain. These include discussing the consequences of traveling on a slope before committing, avoiding terrain traps, placing only one person on a suspect slope at a time, and how and when to help someone when they’re in hazardous terrain. 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.