Aside from trying to understand the hazard and avoiding avalanches, most backcountry skiers focus their snow safety efforts on efficient transceiver use. Proficency with your beacon is definitely important. However given a burial, shoveling and probing can easily be the most time consuming piece of an avalanche rescue.
Backcountry Access (BCA) offers a number of educational avalanche rescue blogs and videos about companion rescue shoveling techniques. But before you begin shoveling, probing is how you pinpoint where to begin digging.
Keep practicing your beacon searches, but don’t underestimate the importance of efficient probing. See what the BCA crew has to say about the latest in avalanche rescue probe technique.
Avalanche Rescue Probe Tips
Need an avalanche probe? We like carbon probes because they are light and strong. We also recommend going with a three meter (300cm) length. We’ve been using the BCA Stealth 300 Carbon Probe with great results.
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