Beacon Training Parks

October 26, 2016

Many mountain communities have begun to provide avalanche beacon training parks. Click here to see if you have a training park in your area.

Avalanche Forecasts

October 26, 2016

Weather and Avalanche information. Including national resources for quick reference, and local avalanche information centers by state or province.

Avalanche Educators

October 26, 2016

Nothing replaces education when it comes to backcountry safety. This is a short list of some Go-To educators and resources.

Avalanche Resources

October 26, 2016

A variety of useful and interesting avalanche information sources. Surf around and feel free to give us suggestions and feedback.

Backcountry Access (BCA):

Check out our friends at BCA. The most-trusted name in backcountry safety.

Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC):

The CAIC is a cash-funded program of the Colorado Geological Survey under the directorship of the State Geologist Vince Matthews. Funding comes from donations, contributions, and the Severance Tax fund. If you would like to help support the CAIC, please visit our Supporters of the CAIC page.
The CAIC has 4 offices that issue backcountry avalanche forecasts. The main office is in Boulder, co-located with the National Weather Service. Field offices are located in Breckenridge, Aspen, and the Northern San Juan. Staff at CAIC-Boulder forecast the weather and avalanche conditions for all zones. Field office forecasters concentrate on the snowpack and avalanche conditions within their zones. The CAIC works closely with the Crested Butte Avalanche Center.
The CAIC began in 1973 as the Colorado Avalanche Warning Center. It is the oldest public avalanche forecast program in the United States.
We also find this page very useful—to study and learn about past avalanche accidents. It’s important to look for the danger signs that led up to the accident, and understand how similar mistakes can be avoided in your own backcountry travels. There is no better way to honor and respect our fallen backcountry family, than to learn from the variables and scenarios that took them too soon.

Utah Avalanche Center:

The Utah Avalanche Center is a a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization partnering with the Forest Service. Our mission is to keep people on top of the Greatest Snow on Earth™. We do that by giving winter backcountry travelers the tools they need to stay alive and have fun in avalanche terrain. We cover the entire state of Utah and have offices in Logan, Salt Lake City, and Moab.

Tyler’s Backcountry Awareness:

Their mission is to provide entry level avalanche education and training at no cost, to raise awareness and reduce accident occurrence in the backcountry.

Tyler’s Backcountry Awareness also provides several advanced classes, but in a cost-effective manner.

Throttle Decisions:

Throttle Decisions is a fast-paced video series aimed at encouraging mountain sledders to become better trained in avalanche safety. Its eight short components move through the AST course, tackling topics such as terrain, companion rescue, mountain weather and how to read the avalanche bulletin.

Backcountry Ascender:

Have fun while improving your backcountry and avalanche knowledge!


Crowdsourced Mountain Safety Information


Is a full day educational workshop for snow and avalanche professionals and recreational backcountry users. The event includes a series of presentations and a panel discussion that provide attendees with an opportunity to engage in conversations about risk management, terrain evaluation, snowpack considerations and more while traveling in avalanche terrain. A vendor and partner showcase will have products, technology and services to provide additional educational and opportunities.

Sierra Avalanche Center:

Backcountry Avalanche, Snow, and Weather Information for the greater Lake Tahoe area.

Donner Summit Avalanche Seminars:

Professional comprehensive avalanche safety education–since 1998

Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center:

The Friends of Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to ensure staffing for the operation of the avalanche center each year. The organization is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors, comprised of a local engineer, an IT specialist, two mountain guides, a representative from Mammoth Mountain and a local business person who believe in the mission of the Center.

New Zealand Avalanche Advisory:

The New Zealand Avalanche Advisory created this fun interactive exercise that tests your general knowledge of route-finding in avalanche terrain. Have fun and share it with your friends!

The Avalanche Project:

A collaboration of North American mountain industry professionals – avalanche workers, educators, equipment manufacturers, retailers, trade groups, and associations – who recognize the need for behavioral and cultural change among backcountry travelers in and around avalanche terrain.