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Snow Safety


Extended Column Test

Karl Birkeland of the Forest Service National Avalanche Center demonstrates and explains the Extended Column Test.


Snowpack Tests

A brief how-to for common snowpack tests to locate and assess instabilities within the snowpack.


Snow Profile Field Test

Doug Chabot of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center demonstrates how to dig a snow profile with stability tests.


Tree Well & Snow Immersion Safety

Drew and Josh from Mt. Bachelor Ski Patrol share some great information about tree well and snow immersion safety.


Additional Resources


John Branch of The New York Times shares the harrowing story of a massive avalanche in the northern Cascades that took down a dozen backcountry skiers.


The avalanche advisory is designed for people who have taken at least an avalanche awareness class or preferably an avalanche Level 1 course. This page explains the basic concepts of the advisory and how to read it.

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Learn how to use your transceiver, shovel, and probe in a companion rescue situation. Our BCA avalanche rescue education series shows you how to perform an avalanche rescue if your companion is buried.

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