Avalanche Preparation Essentials for Backcountry Skiers

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Avalanche Preparation
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A skilled entrepreneur, Billy Blatty has opened a number of different establishments throughout the South and Southwest parts of the country. When not work, Billy Blatty enjoys spending time outside, especially in the snow. An expert skier, he has competed in freestyle events and also likes to go backcountry skiing.

One of the biggest issues associated with backcountry skiing is avalanche safety. Before venturing into the backcountry, individuals should complete an avalanche safety course and ensure that they have the essential skills necessary for dealing with an avalanche.

The biggest necessity is an avalanche beacon, which will help officials search for anyone trapped in the snow. Newer beacons have a number of helpful features, but the main thing to think about is ease of use. Individuals should practice using their beacon until it becomes second nature. Some other essential items include a shovel for digging individuals out in the event of an avalanche and a probe, which helps search for people buried in snow.

Before venturing into the backcountry, individuals may want to purchase a backcountry ski pack, which has places for essential avalanche gear. Also, many ski packs now come with avalanche readiness kits.