GET THE GEAR: Ensure everyone in your group has an avalanche transceiver, shovel, and probe on their person and knows how to use them.
GET THE FORECAST: Make a riding plan based on the current avalanche and weather forecast (http://www.avalanche.ca/cac/bulletins/latest). The higher the avalanche danger rating, the simpler the terrain should be.
GET THE PICTURE: If you see recent avalanche activity, unstable snow exists. Riding on or underneath steep slopes is dangerous, so pay attention to the snow conditions and terrain above you as you travel.
GET OUT OF HARM’S WAY: Don’t go into an unsafe area to help your stuck friend. Only expose one person at a time on all avalanche slopes. Don’t group up in runout zones or terrain traps.
Mountain Riding Safety Tips
- Watch for small trees that may be bent down hill as well as missing branches on the uphill side. Those trees have in all likelihood been under a slide in the past.
- Never put more than one sled at a time on a hill when high-marking.
- Always carry a shovel, probe and KNOW how to use them. The first ten minutes is crucial!
- Be aware of sign of activity, snow load, wind load, shaeffing and the warning signs of an unstable hill as well as the slope degrees most prone to slide (ie. 25 to 45 degrees).
- Always check on the local Avalanche Warnings everyday you ride.
- Always let someone know where and when you are riding for the day.
- Carry matches, flashlight, saw, first aid kit, survival equipment (including water and food, etc.) in case you ever have to spend the night or have trouble.
- Always know where you are and your way back.
THESE ARE TIPS ONLY. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT EVERYONE TAKE AN AVALANCHE COURSE PRIOR TO RIDING!
Avalanche Safety Training:
Visit the following links to learn more about Snowmobile Avalanche Safety, to find a course near you, or to sign up for one today.