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Course Outline

Remember, you are never too young or too old to be safer in avalanche terrain.

  1. Know the current avalanche forecast for the area of your trip.
  2. Have a plan for your trip, and choose terrain based on the avalanche forecast. The higher the avalanche danger, the simpler the terrain should be.
  3. Have a Plan B for simpler terrain if avalanche conditions are at all questionable. If in doubt, always choose simpler terrain.
  4. Ensure everyone in your group has a properly working avalanche transceiver, shovel, and probe on their person, and knows how to use it.
  5. Only allow one person on the hill at a time.
  6. Watch or gather in safe areas only, never in avalanche runout zones or terrain traps.
  7. Always pay attention to snow conditions and the terrain above you as you move through areas.
  8. If crossing an avalanche path, expose only one person at a time.
  9. Gather frequently in safe areas, and discuss your route and observations.
  10. If you see others in unsafe situations, speak up.

Courtesy of the Snowmobile Working Committee (SledCom) for the Canadian Avalanche Centre

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