Basic Knowledge for Avalanche Safety

  • 150 people are killed by avalanches each year around the world
  • 90% of avalanche accidents are caused by the victim or somebody they are skiing with
  • 90% of avalanche victims are between the age of 20-29
  • Avalanches can reach over 80 mph within 5 seconds

The backcountry is deadly. Heading into the backcountry as a skier, snowboarder, snowmobiler, or snowshoer is an incredible experience but triggering an avalanche can cause serious injury or death of you do not take the proper precautions. Do your research and find a avalanche class to take to ensure you know how to stay safe. You can find a class near you here: