PLAN YOUR TRIP
GET THE GEAR
First: Get the gear! All members of a party should have a digital transceiver (beacon), a metal shovel and a probe. Avalanche airbags, a first aid kit and a communication device are also a good idea.
GET THE TRAINING
Second: Get the training. An Avalanche Skills Training course is a great way to learn how to stay safe in avalanche terrain and how to use the tools on this site. AST courses help you to make good decisions based on your group’s acceptable level of risk, knowledge and training.
Now you’re ready to plan your trip. The Trip Planning Toolbox has all of the information that you need
Forecast: This will take you to the Klondike Avalanche Forecast. The Avalanche Technicians are out in the field every week gathering observations and testing the snowpack for you. What are the biggest concerns? Are the problems more prevalent on a specific aspect or elevation band? Read it before you go!
Observations: Avalanche Canada’s Mountain Information Network (MIN) is a great map-based tool to check out others’ recent observations. Did they trigger an avalanche? Where was the good snow? Better yet, you can contribute once you’re back from your trip. These observations are crucial to improving the accuracy of the avalanche forecast.
Tech Blog: The avalanche forecast is great, but want to know more? The Avalanche Technicians post their thoughts and observations here every week.
Weather: The weather plays a huge role in determining avalanche conditions as well as on the fun (or misery) scale of your outing. The YAA has 3 avalanche weather stations out there to help you as well as data from nearby weather stations.
ATES Maps: If you’ve taken an AST course, you know what this is. ATES maps evaluate the terrain complexity and are used together with the forecast and the Avaluator tool to help you make safe decisions.
Terrain Atlas: New to the area, or looking to expand your horizons? Check out the terrain atlas.