Utah Avalanche Center

  1. On average, eighteen snowmobilers die in avalanches each year in North America. With this in mind, the Utah Avalanche Center partnered with the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association to bring you Knowledge Is Powder. This video was created to highlight five points for snowmobilers to think about before heading into the mountains.

    In order for us to get the goods, we need to think about the five backcountry basics. Below are 5 key safety guidelines for riding in avalanche country:

    1. GET THE GEAR: Ensure everyone has an avalanche transceiver, shovel, and probe on their person and knows how to use them.
    2. GET THE TRAINING: Take an avalanche course.
    3. GET THE FORECAST: Make a riding plan based on the current avalanche and weather forecast.
    4. GET THE PICTURE: If you see recent avalanche activity, unstable snow exists. Riding on or underneath steep slopes is dangerous.
    5. GET OUT OF HARM'S WAY: One at a time on all avalanche slopes. Don't go to help your stuck friend. Don't group up in runout zones.

    We all wish you safe winter travels and please enjoy the video...

    - Utah Avalanche Center

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  2. Persistent slab avalanches are the dangerous, scary and tricky avalanches for backcountry riders. A quarter of all avalanche fatalities are caused by trauma, from hitting trees and rocks on the way down. These slabs are what we consider an unmanageable avalanche problem. The only tool we have is to avoid them, by using safe travel and terrain selection to our advantage. Get educated, take an avalanche class. Thanks for watching!

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  3. The Utah Backcountry Review is premiered every year at the Utah Avalanche Centers annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop hosted by Craig Gordon. This video kicks off the afternoon session with a bang and helps get our minds thinking about snow again by recapping last winter. Enjoy!
    A few things to remember about the start of a season.
    1. Get your avalanche gear out. Check your beacon, shovel, probes. Make sure your beacon's batteries are fresh.
    2. Bury your beacon in the leaves and practice a quick search using your searching techniques.
    3. Remember shallow snow is weak snow. If there is enough snow to ride, there is enough to slide.
    4. Its a long season, be patient.
    5. Read an avalanche BOOK (Bruce Tremper's Staying Alive In Avalanche Terrain) My favorite!!!
    6. Early season consequences can be severe if caught in an avalanche, there are more exposed rocks and stumps to be dragged through.
    7. Begin checking your local avalanche forecast.
    -One of my favorite quotes is "The snowpack is always a question. Terrain is always the answer."
    Have a safe winter.
    Trent Meisenheimer and Craig Gordan, Utah Avalanche Center

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  4. The Utah Backcountry Review is premiered every year at the Utah Avalanche Centers annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop hosted by Craig Gordon. This video kicks off the afternoon session with a bang and helps get our minds thinking about snow again by recapping last winter. Enjoy!

    A few things to remember about the start of a season.

    1. Get your avalanche gear out. Check your beacon, shovel, probes. Make sure your beacon's batteries are fresh.
    2. Bury your beacon in the leaves and practice a quick search using your searching techniques.
    3. Remember shallow snow is weak snow. If there is enough snow to ride, there is enough to slide.
    4. Its a long season, be patient.
    5. Read an avalanche book (Bruce Tremper's Staying Alive In Avalanche Terrain) My favorite!!!
    6. Early season consequences can be severe if caught in an avalanche, there are more exposed rocks and stumps to be dragged through.
    7. Begin checking your local avalanche forecast.

    -One of my favorite quotes is "The snowpack is always a question. Terrain is always the answer."

    Have a safe winter.

    Trent Meisenheimer and Craig Gordan, Utah Avalanche Center

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  5. I triggered this slab avalanche while my partner Craig Gordon spotted me from a safe location on the ridge. This avalanche failed to weak old snow near the ground (faceted snow), it was 3.5ft deep, 150ft wide. The western Uinta Mountains has a unstable snowpack for the time being. This avalanche problem doesn't look to be going anywhere soon.

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  • Julie Bobulie

    You guys are awesome and your videos are so informative. Thanks for all you do. Your work is helping keep people safe and alive. :)

    by Julie Bobulie

  • Bryan Lence

    This is a great resource. Thanks for taking the time to make and promote these videos.

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    For Northern Utah mountains Check the Advisory at. utahavalanchecenter.org

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