Should I be concerned about avalanches?

Submitted by ftadmin on Tue, 12/06/2016 - 10:17

Avalanches are an inherent risk in any heli-skiing operation. Our priority is mitigating risk and avoiding avalanches. All of our guides have advanced to expert-level training in avalanche forecasting and avoidance, and several of our guides instruct avalanche courses to the public. We monitor weather and snowpack conditions continually throughout the entire snowfall season to gauge avalanche risk in the regions where we operate. During our daily morning guide meetings we choose daily regions and terrain based on numerous available data from a variety of sources including our own observations in the field. We utilize practical backcountry travel techniques and continually assess conditions to avoid being caught in an avalanche. All of our guests start their programs with safety briefings including avalanche and helicopter safety, as well as search practice with an avalanche beacon, probe, and shovel.