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Ski & Snowboard News / Backcountry industry launches Project Zero

Jan 21, 2015 10:15AM ● By Harriet Wallis

photo: Harriet Wallis

Local snow has been meager, but the local avalanche danger is high. When new snow falls, it will slide easily off the old, sun-hardened snow. Don't be fooled. Get avalanche smart.

A new website called Backcountry Starts Here is geared to helping outdoor enthusiasts to get savvy about the dangers of avalanches and how to stay alive. 

Backcountry snow sports grew exponentially in the past three years and more people are going out-of-bounds. Skiers, snowboarders, ice climbers, winter mountaineers, snowshoers and snowmobilers continue to head to the backcountry in droves without a clear sense of what will enable them to return home safely.

Collectively for the first time, the snow industries, the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), non-profits and supporting companies have united around reducing avalanche fatalities to zero. They call it Project Zero.

Jan 29 and 31 -- Local two-day workshop on companion rescue, snowpack, terrain, route finding and human factors at Brighton.

For details and to register

keith.kink@gmail.com