Get the Forecast
When you venture into the backcountry for a day of adventure in the mountains, you are also stepping into a danger zone. You’ve got the gear, you’ve got the education – now get the forecast! Before you click into your bindings, make sure you have the latest forecast and know the dangers you may encounter.
Whether you are in the USA, Canada, Europe or South America, there are resources available to you to get the most reliable forecast for the region you’re skiing. Don’t go out without it.
Heading into the backcountry in the USA? There are over two-dozen regional avalanche forecast centers from across the country. Local reports are developed by knowledgable forecasters including local authorities and U.S. Forest Service experts.
Avalanche.org connects the public to formal avalanche information and education in the United States. Avalanche.org is a partnership between the American Avalanche Association (A3) and the US Forest Service National Avalanche Center (NAC).
Understanding the North American Danger Scale
While the backcountry may vary from coast-to-coast, regional forecast centers use a common danger scale. Understanding that danger scale can save your life!
The USA and Canada use a five-category estimation of the avalanche danger: low, moderate, considerable, high and extreme,
The North American Avalanche Danger Scale is a tool used by avalanche forecasters to communicate the potential for avalanches to cause harm or injury to backcountry travelers. The video below provides an overview of the scale, as well as a quick illustration of how it applies to your daily backcountry risk assessment.