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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’ first 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 the essential avalanche safety and backcountry equipment every skier, snowboarder and snowmobiler should bring into the backcountry. Essential: avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe, avalanche airbag, and knowledgeable partner! Also important: two way radios, navigation kit, terrain photos, map and/or gps, smartphone, first aid, portable shelter and evac gear. 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.