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Backcountry avalanche safety tips for skiers and snowboarders

4:48 PM, Jan 8, 2014   |    comments
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KUSA - With more and more skiers and snowboarders looking for adventure and riding in the backcountry, it is vital to be prepared for emergency situations - including avalanches.

According to the National Ski Patrol, making smart decisions in the backcountry can minimize your chances of having to deal with an avalanche.

Here are a few safety tips and precautions from the National Ski Patrol to take before you hit those slopes.

  1. Take an avalanche safety course or clinic.
  2. Read up on avalanches before hand, no matter how experience you are. 
  3. Learn to recognize avalanche terrain. According to the NSP, most avalanches travel in paths, on smooth exposed slopes of between 25 and 60 degrees.

Once you get to the slopes be sure to:

  1. Always carry avalanche equipment, including avalanche transceivers, probes and shovels in addition to basic camping gear, extra clothing, high-energy food and plenty of water.
  2. Be aware of your surroundings. Stay alert, and always be on the lookout for information about the environment that indicates the potential for a slide.of water.
  3. Analyze the snowpack stability. of water.
  4. Cross potential avalanche slopes one at a time.of water.
  5. Have the courage to know when you should not go.of water.

For more elaborate information on avalanche precautions you should take and other safety rules visit: http://bit.ly/1cPaHIr.

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