Avalanche Advisory, Education and Awareness

Before heading into the backcountry, be sure that all members of your group are educated and prepared.

Safety saves lives.

Avalanche Safety Checklist


Backcountry Checklist:

1. Backpack
2. Beacon
3. Shovel – Compact to fit in your pack
4. Probe – Dedicated Avalanche Probe
5. Skins
6. Navigation equipment – Map & compass, GPS, altimeter
7. Down or synthetic jacket
8. Waterproof shell
9. Eye protection – Sunglasses & goggles
10. Warm hat
11. Food
12. Water
13. Extra gloves – Thinner and thicker
14. Extra layers
15. Emergency gear – First aid kit, repair kit, bivy sack, headlamp
16. Cell phone, radio or satellite phone
Also, don’t forget extra batteries for your beacon, GPS, and headlamp, and make sure you have the right size(s). If you need them, you’ll also be glad you brought ski crampons and toilet paper (with “blue bag”).
We recommend taking an avalanche safety course to familiarize you further with all your backcountry gear and practicing avalanche rescue techniques regularly with your riding partners.

Avalanche Safety Tutorial


Check out this great tutorial on avalanche safety from Avalanche.org


Avalanche Safety Products

You can purchase avalanche safety equipment through some of the following retailers:


Avalanche Safety Resources
All of the links below feature resources, educational opportunities and updated information on avalanche danger in your area.

American Avalanche Institute

Check out the American Avalanche Institute to learn more about avalanche awareness, educational opportunities and tips for safety in the backcountry.


The American Avalanche Association (AAA) is comprised of a collective group of dedicated professionals engaged in the study, forecasting, control and mitigation of snow avalanches. Association membership includes qualified researchers, professional avalanche forecasters, educators, guides, snow safety officers, snow rangers and qualified ski patrollers, technicians and specialists.


The Bridger Teton Avalanche Center is a great resource for up to date avalanche advisories in Western Wyoming and the greater Teton area.

The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center (GNFAC) web site is a non-profit with a mission to support avalanche awareness and education through a partnership with the GNFAC. The GNFAC covers an area of approximately 10,000 km2, including the Bridger, Gallatin, and Madison Ranges, the Lionhead area near West Yellowstone, and the mountains around Cooke City.

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