Always carry avalanche rescue gear when traveling 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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