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