A 13-step guide to being a respectable backcountry skier


Backcountry Etiquette 101

A 13-step guide to being a respectable backcountry skier

1. First thing’s first, bring your brain. Making good decisions is more important than any piece of gear.
2. Avalanche beacon goes on at the car, off at the bar. Make sure you pack your shovel and probe. Airbags are useful, too, but they are not an excuse to take risks you wouldn't otherwise take.
3. Know the forecast. Every avalanche center in the country has a website and each offers automatic daily email updates. These centers have also started to spread their message via social media. The Utah Avalanche Center and Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center are particularly effective in highlighting daily messages with photos and video on social media.
4. At the trailhead, don't park like a jackass. Keep it tight so others can play, too. Pro tip: Stash beers in the snow for when you return with your ski partners.
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