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