What you should know before backcountry exploration

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 21, 2009 11:19 am

With the recent tragedy involving three missing/deceased climbers atop Mt. Hood, we are all reminded to educate ourselves as much as possible on the dangers of backcountry exploration/ice climbing/avalanches etc.

Good news for us all—The Snow Safety division at the Snowbasin ski area in Utah is holding a free avalanche awareness class on Saturday, January 9th. “Know Before you Go” will be held in Earl’s Lodge at the resort.

Following the sit-down class, you’re invited to attend the practical phase of the lesson the following morning. Join the Snowbasin Ski Patrol at 9 AM Sunday morning for a two hour mountain tour where the patrol will discuss proper backcountry gear and safety.

“Our patrol is available as a resource to guests on our mountain,” said Frank Waikart, a patroller at Snowbasin. “This outreach effort is intended to enhance guests’ skiing experience. We will provide tools for skiers to explore their own boundaries safely through education.”