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Old 08-03-2009, 06:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Back Country Travel and Avalanche Awareness Information

I thought it might be usefull to create a thread dedicated to training and information regarding back country travel, safety, weather, first aid and avalanche training and awareness. Links to official websites, authors, schools and articles can be stored here as a "one stop shopping" resource for those looking for information.

To start, here is an excellent basic avalanche awareness brochure in PDF format published by the USFS and the Northwest Avalanche Center.

Educational Information

Snow Avalanche Brochure

Snow Cave construction

Avalanche Education and Certification

Enviro Tech International Survival Training

Dozen More Turns A ture story of a deadly avalanche

Weather and Avalanche Information


United States Organizations:

National Weather Service

National Avalanche Center

Avalanche.org

American Avalanche Association

US Avalanche Forecast Centers

Northwest Avalanche Center

Colorado Avalanche Center

Manti La Sal Avalanche Center

Chugach National Forest Alaska

Kachina Peaks Avalanche Center Arizona


Canadian Organizations:

Avalanche.ca

Weather Canada


International Organizations:

European Avalanche Centers

Avalanche Center.org

Euroweather

Equipment

Beacon Reviews

Personal Locator Beacons (PLB`s)

NOAA SARSAT

Back Country Guides

Newsomesnow

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Default Online Avalanche Safety Course

While it is highly recomended to take a level one Avalanche course, the reality is often time and money prevent many from ever getting around to doing it. I have found a really decent online course that is presented by the Canadian Avalanche Association. This course is free and costs nothing more than your time. So close up 2girls1cup.com, pour yourself a drink and spend some time watching something that while not a substitute for a full on avy course, just could save your life or that of a riding partner.

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Default Tree Well and Deep Snow Immersion Safety

Here is a good educational resource about the dangers of tree wells and deep snow immersion.

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Skiing and snowboarding off of the groomed runs and in deep powder snow is one of the most exciting and appealing parts of our sport.
If you decide to leave the groomed trails, you are voluntarily accepting the specific risks of falling into tree wells or deep snow and suffocating, however, fortunately these types of accidents are very preventable.
Each skier or snowboarder controls his or her own level of risk and are the only ones that can prevent this type of accident from happening. To minimize your risk, you must know how to travel safely with your partners in these ungroomed deep snow areas.
This personal safety information is intended to assist all skiers and riders in learning about the risks and prevention of tree well and deep snow immersion accidents. If you still have questions please contact your ski patrol.


A deep snow or tree well accident occurs when a rider or skier falls into an area of deep unconsolidated snow and becomes immobilized. The more the person struggles the more entrapped in the snow they become.
If a partner is not there for immediate rescue, the skier or rider may die very quickly from suffocation - in many cases, they can die as quickly as someone can drown in water.
Deaths resulting from these kinds of accidents are referred to as a NARSID or Non-Avalanche Related Snow Immersion Death.
The odds of surviving a deep snow immersion/NARSID accident are low; especially if you are not with a partner. In two experiments conducted in the U.S. and Canada in which volunteers were temporarily placed in a tree well, 90% COULD NOT rescue themselves.



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these are pretty interesting facts I must say..
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I was putting together a forum on winter back country safety and survival techniques when ran across this thread from a couple of years ago. There is excellent information available here and Snowolf deserves credit for raising awareness. With all the information available, including avalanche search pattern videos online that no one need go unprepared into the back country or avalanche prone conditions. The best advice I can add is to ALWAYS make certain you make a travel plan, give it to someone reliable and stick to it.
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