Avalanche Safety & Awareness

avalanche safety off-piste magazine

Avalanche safety has been making the news more than ever this season. Given a few¬† recent high profile avalanche accidents (Wyoming avalanche, Utah avalanche, BC avalanche) and a highly variable and generally shallow snowpack across much of North America, avalanche safety is on the minds of many. In addition, there’s more interest and effort than ever by the media and avalanche pros around the country to share the message of caution and snow safety.

Since the skiing here in the Northwest leaves a lot to be desired at the moment, I took some time to collect a few good articles related to avalanche education, awareness and professional perspectives related to the current snowpack around North America. Start the New Year with a dose of wisdom related to human factors, shoveling, variable snowpacks and first hand accounts:

Canadian Avalanche Center’s Karl Klassen on variable, early season conditions

Utah Avalanche Center’s Bruce Tremper on the Culture of Shame

Shoveling 101 by Backcountry Access

First-hand accounts from Wyoming and Utah incidents

Further reading on the variable weak layers in British Columbia