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Snow Safety

Videos

Extended Column Test

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

~6m

Snowpack Tests

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

~24m

Snow Profile Field Test

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

~11m

Tree Well & Snow Immersion Safety

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

~3m

Additional Resources

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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.

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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.

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.