Monday, December 17, 2012

Avalanche Information Centers in the U.S.

Backcountry skiing or boarding is one of my favorite activities. It's quite a nice departure from ice climbing, which is also one of my favorite activities. In many areas, both backcountry skiing/boarding and ice climbing put us into avalanche terrain. To travel in these areas, you must learn about avalanche safety! The first thing to do is take an avalanche safety class. Another wonderful resource is your local avalanche information center, which offer free observations, snowpack discussions, and recommendations. Remember that they are information and not gospel. You need to combine this resource with what you observe in the field!

Here are several avalanche information centers:



New Hampshire
--Mike Pond, Instructor and Guide

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