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How to Make Safe Decisions When Avalanche Danger Looms

How to Make Safe Decisions When Avalanche Danger Looms

ADVERTISEMENTMuch like how we’re all navigating daily risk assessment during the pandemic, making safe, conservative decisions in avalanche terrain is a matter of life or death. Much like how we’re all navigating daily risk assessment during the pandemic, making safe, conservative decisions in avalanche terrain is a matter of life or death. Largely because of COVID, experts are predicting a significant increase in backcountry travelers this winter. “The simplest way to mitigate avalanche hazard is to avoid avalanche terrain altogether,” the AIARE 1 course manual advises. But we can, and should, employ regular processes to check in with ourselves and others when it comes to making safe decisions.