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How to Use Maps to Avoid Avalanche Danger

How to Use Maps to Avoid Avalanche Danger

You should not travel in avalanche terrain until you and your partners undergo avalanche safety training and are competent in the use of avalanche safety gear (beacon, shovel, probe). ADVERTISEMENTThis article covers how to identify avalanche terrain by observing: Aspect and Elevation; Topography; Terrain Traps; and Avalanche Paths. A Short Primer on Avalanche TerrainIf you aren’t familiar with identifying avalanche terrain, the Avalanche Canada online terrain identification tutorial is a great place to start. Many avalanche forecast centers use an avalanche danger rose to forecast the distribution of the different avalanche problems at different aspects and elevations. Key points to keep in mind before you venture into avalanche terrain:• Get avalanche safety gear.