Spring is here, but that doesn’t mean that the hazards of winter weather are done. Far from it, since the weather is rapidly changing with overnight cooling and longer warmer days—avalanche risks most certainly can rise.
And with ski resorts all over the world not spinning their lifts because of the COVID-19 pandemic right now, many people are resorting to getting after their ski pursuits via touring the backcounty on their own. In cases like this, it’s of the utmost importance to be avalanche aware and be prepared for anything.
Of course, all risk revolves around the snowpack. We spoke with avalanche forecaster Craig Gordon of the Utah Avalanche Center awhile back about staying safe in the backcountry during springtime.
Here are his expert tips: