The backcountry can provide some of the most inspiring experiences you'll ever have on snow.
The right backcountry ski partners make it possible to have incredible days in the mountains, but more goes into building a solid, safe crew than picking people you have fun shredding with.
Always carry avalance rescue gear when travelling in the backcountry.
It doesn't matter how tame the terrain looks or how close you might be to a chairlift, there are no exceptions. You and your ski partners are each other's lifelines.
Know before you go. Knowledge and education are the foundation of safe backcountry skiing, no matter how skilled a skier you are.
Completing those courses doesn't instantly make you an expert, but it provides the framework to make informed decisions. If possible, take classes alongside your backcountry ski partners. You'll always learn more together than by yourself, and you'll have more fun, too.
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