The snow is piling up here on the Wasatch Front and it’s time to break out our sleds, beacons and boards to go have some winter time fun.
Many of us venture into the backcountry and travel out of bounds in search of hidden powder fields–the ones that make a wintersport enthusiast smile like a kid on Christmas day. With the fun and work that comes when getting into your favorite area a person must remember to do their part and bring with them the essential safety gear that may save your life, or the life of your friends.
Anyone who has ever seen the power of an avalanche knows that in an instant the best run of your life can turn into the last run of your life. Most of us know the potential danger we put ourselves in when we head out on a sled, or on foot. For some, the danger is part of the appeal, but no one has to lose their lives. Please remember to train for potentially dangerous situations, have good situational awareness and understand the conditions you may find while on your sled, or on your board. Know how to use your shovel, beacon and probe. Check with your local land managers to ensure an area is open.