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Avalanche Awareness

Be cautious of avalanche dangers throughout mountain country. Mountain recreators should carry avalanche beacons, shovels, and probe poles for locating people buried under the snow (and know how to use them) and a portable radio to summon help.

Safety tips for recreating in avalanche country:

Avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe poles.
  • Only one snowmobile rider should be on the slope at a time.
  • Learn to recognize and understand avalanche-prone terrain. Suspect any slope that is steeper than 30 degrees.
  • Observe the slope orientation with respect to the sun and the wind.
  • Be cautious of cornices.
  • Think about the consequeneces of an avalanche. Will you be carried over a cliff, pushed into a tree or buried deep in a gully?
  • Travel with a partner and carry the appropriate rescue gear.
  • Practice using an avalanche beacon.

Avalanche Safety Video

Learn how the shovel evolved to become an essential safety tool for snowmobile riders. [See movie ]

Web Avalanche Resources:

The following resources are provided to help you learn more about avalanche safety and to check current conditions: