Avoiding Avalanche Accidents

By: Kieran Wilson Email
By: Kieran Wilson Email

It's been a deadly avalanche season so far in Colorado: four are dead, another is presumed dead, and two are missing.

Bill Burchak is the director of ski patrol at Powderhorn Resort and he says to avoid avalanche danger in the back country you must know your limits. Know your equipment and how to use it, know the terrain you'll be venturing into, know the weather patterns in that area, and know the people you’re going out with and their skill level. They’ll be the ones that save your life.

Be sure to take safety gear with you including a beacon to locate the buried person, a probe to pinpoint their location, and a shovel to dig them out.

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