Know Before You Go
We’ve been following avalanche rescue dog training with Frankie and his handler Marguerite, but your best chance for avalanche survival is to be rescued by other people in your own party. The reality is that it takes time for rescue teams to reach victims, and you only have about 15 minutes to survive if you’re buried under snow. That’s why it’s critical to travel with a beacon, probe, and shovel, and to make sure that you and your partner know how to use them.
But, the best advice comes from the Utah Avalanche Center; they say, “Know before you go.” Along with posting advisories, the center offers classes and online training to teach you how to recognize avalanche danger, how to avoid hazardous slopes, and what to do if you do get caught. Enjoying Utah’s great snow and mountains brings joy to backcountry skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers, and snowmobilers alike.