Practice Your Skills
The first thing you can do is take your American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Avi courses and AST courses (Avalanche Skills Training AST in Canada).
There are typically more courses offered in the beginning of winter than at the end of the season. No matter what month you are skiing, it is imperative to practice with your avalanche companion rescue equipment inside and out, because people do not rise to the occasion in an emergency, they default to the lowest level of their training.
“Remember that your avalanche rescue skills are a perishable commodity, that means you gotta practice and you gotta practice often,” Gordon says. “Not only with your partners on the days you ride, but on your down days.
“Visit a beacon basin or a beacon training center near you and make sure that you are well-versed in using all of your gear. While most avalanche awareness courses are given in the beginning and mid-portions of the season, it is never too late to get an avy education under your belt.
“So I encourage anybody to sign up for a basic avy awareness class, a refresher class or one of the higher-learning opportunities near you.”
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